It was a night when the stars of social care shone brightly. The unsung heroes and heroines of the sector were recognised for their skill and dedication at the 14th annual Wales Care Awards.
The glittering ceremony at City Hall in Cardiff was hosted by the larger than life Radio Wales presenter and opera singer Wynne Evans, perhaps better known as the moustachioed Gio Compario from the Go Compare TV ads.
The Craig Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award went to Rhian Huws Williams, an “inspirational figure” to social care in Wales, for her many years of dedicated service..
An Aberdare care home deputy manager described as ‘a real champion’ by her bosses has been rewarded with a gleaming silver accolade for her years of dedication to her patients.
Zowie Evans was presented with the top honour at the 2016 Wales Care Awards held at Cardiff City Hall, where she had been nominated in the category for Excellence in Dementia Care.
The awards, run each year by Care Forum Wales, are considered the health care Oscars as they honour men and women delivering the highest standards of professionalism in their field. (rhagor…)
A highly-regarded care home manager’s dedication has been recognised with a gold award.
Sarah McCowan, 40, who runs the Hillside residential home in Pontypridd which caters for adults with mental health problems, was honoured at the prestigious Wales Care Awards..
She was a finalist at the annual Wales Care Awards at Cardiff City Hall, organised by Care Forum Wales, where she came up trumps in the category for Promoting Fulfilled Lives was sponsored by Boots.
Sarah has been involved in the social care sector since the age of 17, and with her sister had previously owned and run a private residential home for adults with learning difficulties and autism. She shadowed another home manager for three months before taking up her present position with Ucan Care Ltd in May 2014. (rhagor…)
A former rugby player’s prowess off the field in the care sector has led to him being a winner again.
Dedicated Luke Jenkins, 27, a married father-of-three, was recognised at the finals of the prestigious Wales Care Awards. He won silver after being shortlisted for the Promoting Fulfilled Lives award, sponsored by Boots.
Luke, who used to play on the wing for Dowlais and now coaches an under sevens team, is activities coordinator at Greenhill Manor care home in Duffryn Road, Pentrebach, Merthyr Tydfil. Former factory worker Luke, has been employed at Greenhill Manor since 2013 and has impressed colleagues in a short time. (rhagor…)
The manager of an Anglesey care home on a farm where residents collect the eggs and look after the animals has won a top award.
Farmer’s daughter Gwenda Potter was brought up next door to the Regard Partnership’s Beudygwyn Farm at Carreglefn, near Amlwch, where she now works and recalls the residents visiting her home.
Now her exceptional work helping vulnerable people has been recognised at the Wales Care Awards – the social care sector’s “Oscars.” (rhagor…)
A care worker who leads by example has captured a prestigious gold award.
Gina Ashby from Guilsfield was among the top prizewinners at this year’s Wales Care Awards, known as the social care Oscars. The ceremony took place at City Hall, Cardiff, and the MC for the evening was opera singer Wynne Evans, also known as Compario from the TV adverts for Go Compare.
The awards are organised by Care Forum Wales to recognise good practice in the care sector and Gina, who is a care assistant at the Rhallt Care Home in Welshpool, won gold in the category for Residential Care Practitioner. (rhagor…)
A keen baker who brings Masterchef competitions to a Swansea care home has picked up a top prize. Catrin Hooper reignited her own love of baking when she made a Swansea City Football Club cake for one of the residents at Sudbury House, in Ynystawe.
She recently held a successful cookery competition for the residents there which culminated in a shared feast featuring everything from a simple trifle to a complex chicken dish. After “hot” competition from across the country, she can now savour receiving the bronze award for leadership and management in supported living at the Wales Care Awards. (rhagor…)
A highly experienced care home manager with the X-Factor has had a double success in major national awards.
Angela Rees, who lives in Bridgend, is in charge of the Ty Newydd care home in Roath, Cardiff, which cares for a small number of women aged 18 to 65 with mental health issues, and is known as an effective leader who is keen for her staff to progress so they can maximise the help they give to clients.
It is this dedication to her job which saw Angela honoured twice at the 2016 Wales Care Awards held to recognise people who have the X-Factor in social care. (rhagor…)
A pioneering care manager is celebrating an awards double. Andrew Guy, 42, has played a major role in developing a new approach to providing people in Caernarfon with learning disabilities with more fulfilling lives.
It is his dedicated approach to his caring that first saw him strike silver in the Excellence in Learning Disability and Mental Health category, sponsored by Carewatch/Pineshield, in the 2016 Wales Care Awards, known as the social care Oscars, at City Hall in Cardiff,
He then went on to win a coveted Dignity in Care Award, sponsored by the Welsh Government, a special honour presented to a person who has demonstrated compassion and real understanding for the needs of others. (rhagor…)