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..
A former RAF serviceman who has flown up the career ladder since joining the care sector is celebrating winning a national award.
Neil Jeremiah, from Trebanos in Swansea, won the coveted Gold award in the Excellence in Mental Health category of the Wales Care Awards 2016, run by Care Forum Wales.
It is the icing on the cake of a flourishing care career, which has seen Neil transform support services for people with mental health needs and learning disabilities over the past 15 years.
The dad-of-two, who works as Area Operations Manager for Tracscare in Swansea, received his trophy at a glittering awards ceremony at City Hall in Cardiff.
“I was lost for words and humbled by it all,” said Neil, 45, who has two children aged six and five. (rhagor…)
A home manager who goes above and beyond the call of duty to improve the lives of the people with challenging behaviour has taken gold in major national awards.
Lynda Wenner, who lives in Newport and has been in charge of the specialised Ty Machen residential home in Machen near Caerphilly for the past five years, also prides herself on the strong family atmosphere she has created there with the individuals they support.
It is this dedicated approach to her caring role that has seen 52-year-old Lynda win gold in the Promoting Fulfilled Lives category, sponsored by Boots, of the 2016 Wales Care Awards, known as the social care Oscars (rhagor…)
A housekeeper who comes from a long line of care workers has become the toast of the industry after winning a coveted national award.
Lynda Davies, who has been working at Crosfield House care home in Rhayader, Powys, for the past 15 years, said kindness and compassion were in her genes and that she couldn’t imagine herself doing any other job.
The 49-year-old, who has enjoyed a 30-year career in the industry, has now received national recognition for her sensitive approach and natural charm by scooping the prestigious gold award in the Wales Care Awards 2016. (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…)
A mental health pioneer has won one of the highest honours at the social care Oscars.
Lucy Wheen, who works with Bryn Melyn Care, Wrexham, brought home a Gold accolade, after being announced winner of The Peter Clarke Award For Promoting Excellence In Services For Children and Young People at the Wales Care Awards.
Her success was revealed at a glittering ceremony and dinner at Cardiff City Hall in front of an audience of hundreds of her peers from across the health and social care world. (rhagor…)
A former dispensing optician who switched careers to work with older people has been rewarded for her efforts with a top industry award.
Louise Price, 39, scooped silver in the Exceptional Newcomer category of the Wales Care Awards 2016, run by Care Forum Wales. The award, sponsored by Coleg Cambria, was one of a series of gongs which acknowledge the hard work and exceptional performances of those in the care sector.
Louise, who works as a client liaison officer at Penpergwm House Residential Home in Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, collected her accolade at a glittering awards ceremony held at City Hall in Cardiff. (rhagor…)
Winning a gold award at the 2016 Wales Care Awards was an all time career high for social care trainer Louise Davies Rae.
The glittering evening was made all the more memorable when she got to have her photograph taken with internationally known Welsh tenor, Wynne Evans, aka the opera singer Gio Compario from the television commercials for the fun-filled Gocompare.com insurance group advertising campaign.
Louise, who lives with her family in Bangor on Dee, near Wrexham, is a big fan of his and enthused: “He was fantastic and really entertaining as our compere for the evening. It made the night even more enjoyable. I shall never forget it.” (rhagor…)
An American who says that caring is her passion says she feels “humbled” to have won a prestigious award so soon after taking up a new job.
Jeni Lynne Williams, a care assistant at the Bryn Celyn Care Home in Maesteg, was among the gold award winners in this year’s Wales Care Awards.
Jeni, who settled in this country just 12 months ago, won her award in the category for Exceptional Newcomer, sponsored by Coleg Cambria. Jeni, 27, hails from Indiana but her husband Steven is from Maesteg and she visited South Wales several times before they decided to settle in this country. (rhagor…)
A former triathlon competitor who became a care worker just 12 months ago has proven himself a national inspiration after scooping gold in the care industry ‘Oscars’.
James Colburn, who gave up his job as a chef to become a full-time care worker, is one of the youngest members of staff at Three Cliffs Care Home in Penmaen, Swansea.
But the 20-year-old care assistant has proven that age is no barrier when it comes to high-quality care and dedication after winning the top gong in the Wales Care Awards 2016. (rhagor…)