The Accolades, which are run by Social Care Wales, are awards that recognise, celebrate and share excellent social care, early years and childcare work in Wales. Two Homecare Associaton members were amongst the winners.
Effective staff recruitment and retention, won by Seren Support Services
Seren Support Services provides a range of supported living and home care services to adults living in the Neath Port Talbot and Powys areas. Acting on feedback it received from staff, the service has become an accredited real living wage employer and rewards staff who show commitment to the company and their career development. It also carries out a staff survey twice a year and has set up a forum, where staff can have their say about company decisions.
WeCare Wales award, won by Keri Llewellyn, Manager of All Care (South Wales) Ltd
Keri manages a private home care agency in the Vale of Glamorgan. She was nominated for her commitment to improving the lives of older people and vulnerable citizens in the community.
As well as being a home care manager, Keri set up Care Communities Acting Together (CCAT) to help bring people together so they can socialise and meet new people. She has organised Christmas dinners, pantomimes, afternoon teas and ‘race days’, without being given additional funding.
As well as her work with CCAT, Keri also has a leadership role and represents the care sector on a wide range of committees, promoting the status of care workers, improving the quality of home care and making sure people are at the centre of all the decisions made about their care.