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9th November 2015

Wales Care Awards 2015 - winners celebrate in style at emotional ceremony in Cardiff's City Hall

The 13th annual Wales Care Awards, organised by Care Forum Wales, took place in Cardiff's City Hall last Friday (November 6) with Welsh Government Health Minister Mark Drakeford and the Communities and Tackling Poverty Minister Lesley Griffiths among the guests.

The audience applauded as 21 categories of awards were presented at the Black Tie ceremony was compered by BBC Wales' Lucy Owen with beautiful singing entertainment by mezzo soprano Sioned Terry (pictured below).

The awards ranged from exceptional newcomer to excellence in dementia care and the prestigious Dignity In Care award presented by Mark Drakeford.

There was also an emotional special tribute award to the family of Trudy Jones - a care worker at Highfields Care Home Blackwood tragically killed on holiday in the Tunisian resort of Sousse this summer. Her family were invited to the event to receive the special honour.

There was also a personal message from Welsh opera star Bryn Terfel, whose Bryn Terfel Foundation sponsors the Promoting the Arts in Social Care Award, for winner Gillian Green of Live Music Now who said, "I wasn't expecting a personal message from Bryn, I'm quite overwhelmed."

Gwenllian Davies, of Awel Tywi Care Home in Llandeilo, was recipient fo the Craig Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award - Wales' oldest woman was told about the award on camera in a short clip relayed to the audience. Her award was accepted on her behalf by Older People's Commissioner Sarah Rochira.

The 2015 Wales Care Awards winners list announced

1. Exceptional Newcomer

GOLD Susan Lloyd, At Home - Vale Senior Care, Denbighshire

SILVER Angelo Corria, Home Instead, Cardiff

BRONZE Aneurin Brown, Hallmark Care Homes, Greenhill Manor, Merthyr Tydfil

2. The Social Care Health & Safety Award

GOLD Sarah Jackson, Ludlow Street Healthcare, Cardiff

SILVER Tracy King, Pendine Park Care Organisation, Wrexham

3. Excellence in Catering Award

GOLD Lisa Anderson, Hallmark Care Homes, Cartref Annwyl Fan Care Home, Carmarthenshire

SILVER Daniel Cole, Hallmark Care Homes, Shire Hall Care Home, Cardiff

BRONZE Karolina Raslawska, Embrace Group, Cartrefle Res. Home, Llanwrst

4. Excellence in Learning Disability & Mental Health Services Award

GOLD Alexander Smith, Life Long Learning 4 Living, Rhosllanerchrugog, Wrexham

SILVER Carys Pritchard, Abacare Ltd, Bangor

BRONZE Laura Haysham, Orbis Education & Care Ltd, Cardiff

5. Innovation in Care for Children & Young People

GOLD Louise Irving, Afon Goch Children's Homes, Gwynedd

SILVER Helen Rees, Orbis Education & Care Ltd, Bronllys, Brecon

6. Leadership & Management in Supported Living or Small Community Award

GOLD Audra West, Pendine Park Care Organisation, Independent Living Ltd, Wrexham

JOINT SILVER Sam Evans, Abacare Ltd, Bangor

JOINT SILVER Wayne Bickford, Ucan Care Ltd, Treharris

7. Leadership & Management in Residential Care Services

JOINT GOLD Marina Bowles, Crosfield House Care Home, Rhayader, Powys

JOINT GOLD Martin Taylor, Leadon Court Care Home, Thornhill, Cwmbran

JOINT SILVER Jacqueline Innis, Talbot Court Care Home, Neath

JOINT SILVER Judith Richards, Clwyd Alyn Housing Association, St Asaph, Denbighshire

8. Commitment to Training & Workforce Development

GOLD Simon Powell, Tracscare, Swansea

SILVER Brenda Davies, Embrace Group, Cartrefle Residential Home, Llanwrst

BRONZE Joyce Williams, Smartcare Pendine Park Teaching Care Centre, Wrexham

9. Nurse of the Year

GOLD Aine Loughran, Greenhill Manor Care Home, Hallmark Care Homes, Merthyr Tydfil

SILVER June Edwards, Talbot Court Care Home, Neath

BRONZE Madel Kuhn, Regency House Care Home, Hallmark Care Homes, Cardiff

10. Supported Living or Small Group Community Living Care Practitioner Award

JOINT GOLD Vicky Bailey, Talworth Street Regard Domiciliary Care, Cardiff

JOINT GOLD Sian Roberts, Community Living, Wrexham Council

JOINT SILVER Sharon Aspey, Supported Living North Wales, Embrace Group, Denbigh

JOINT SILVER Wayne Brookfield, Community Living, Wrexham Council

11. Commitment to Quality in Housekeeping & Hospitality

GOLD Hannah Clatworthy, Rhondda Care Home, Embrace Group, Ystrad, Rhondda Cynon Taf

SILVER Kath Thomas, Llys y Tywysog Care Home, Barchester, Swansea

BRONZE Deborah Price, Talbot Court Care Home, Neath

12. Excellence in Palliative & End of Life Care

GOLD Helen Wooding, Wrexham Council Social Services

SILVER Ceri Breeze, Swn y Mor Care Centre, Aberavon, Neath Port Talbot

13. Excellence in Dementia Care

GOLD Cheryl Beer, Grwp Gwalia, Swansea

SILVER Claire Mather, S & S Care Ltd, Caergwrle, Wrexham

BRONZE Shamila Yoganathan, Cartref Ael-y-Bryn, Barleybind Ltd, Ammanford

14. Outstanding Service

JOINT GOLD Christine Lovell, Ludlow Street Healthcare, Cardiff

JOINT GOLD Catherine Robinson, Gofal Bro, Caernarfon, Gwynedd

JOINT SILVER Bronwen Morris, Old Vicarage, Ruabon, Wrexham

JOINT SILVER Busisiwe Zuma, Hafan y Coed Care Home, Barchester Ltd., Llanelli

15. The Peter Clarke Award for Promoting Excellence in Services for Children & Young People

Hazel & David Owen, Conwy County Council , Colwyn Bay, Conwy

16. The Bryn Terfel Foundation Award for Promoting the Arts in Social Care

Gillian Green MBE, Live Music Now


17. Promoting Fulfilled Lives Award

GOLD Kate Galloway, Action on Hearing Loss Cymru, Wales Care & Support Team, Cardiff

SILVER Michelle Derrick, Swn y Mor Care Centre, Handsale Ltd, Aberavon, Neath

BRONZE Gareth Moxon, Calon Lan Community Care, Llandudno, Denbighshire

SPECIAL AWARD: Trudy Jones Special Tribute Award

Trudy Jones worked at Highfields Care Home in Blackwood and was tragically killed in summer 2015 in Sousse, Tunisia. The award was presented by Health Minister Mark Drakeford and accepted by members of her family.

18. Residential Care Practitioner

JOINT GOLD Chris Balahura, Fairways Care Ltd, Treborth, Bangor

JOINT GOLD Janet Davies, Tracscare, Swansea

JOINT SILVER Stacey Moore, Procare Wales Ltd, Rhyl, Denbighshire

JOINT SILVER Samantha Thomas, Clwyd Alyn Housing Association – Plas Bod Llwyd Care Home, Newbridge

19. Craig Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award

WINNER Gwenllian Davies, Awel Tywi Care Home, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire

20. Dignity in Care Award (chosen from winners of the other categories)

WINNER Michelle Derrick, Swn y Mor Care Centre, Aberavon, Neath Port Talbot

WINNER Wayne Brookfield, Community Living, Wrexham Council

WINNER Sharon Aspey, Supported Living North Wales, Denbigh, Denbighshire

WINNER Wayne Bickford, Ucan Care Ltd., Treharris, Rhondda Cynon Taf

21. Spirit of Care Award

WINNERS Foster carers Hazel Owen and David Owen of Conwy Council, Colwyn Bay, Conwy





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