A Pembrokeshire network of dementia support groups, a Blaenau Gwent hub for young people aged 14 to 18 who need care and support, and a home care manager from the Vale of Glamorgan who has improved the lives of older and vulnerable people are among the winners of this year’s Accolades awards.
The Accolades recognise, celebrate and share excellent social care, early years and childcare work in Wales.
Seven winners were presented with their awards at this year’s ceremony held in Cardiff on Thursday, 21 April. The awards were hosted by well-known broadcaster Garry Owen and our Chief Executive Sue Evans.
We received more than 70 entries and nominations from across Wales for the 2022 awards. Our panel of expert judges whittled them down to a final shortlist of 14 projects and 10 care workers.
The judges included members of our Board, representatives from organisations across social care, early years and childcare, and people with experience of using care and support.
Mick Giannasi CBE, our Chair said: “The Accolades are our way of saying thank you to everyone working in social care and early years and childcare who has delivered great care to make things better for the people they support.
“The past two years have been incredibly difficult, but we should be proud of all our social care and early years and childcare workers who have offered their support, kept people safe and helped those they care for to live the lives that matter to them.
“Congratulations to all the winners and finalists, you should be very proud of your achievements. Thank you all for everything you do.”
Sue Evans, our Chief Executive, added: “Once again this year the standard of entries we received has been incredibly high. The judges had a difficult task in deciding the winners as there was very little to separate some of the finalists.
“It was a privilege to host the Accolades awards ceremony and to be among so many who truly make a difference to the lives of the people of Wales. The experience has shown just how many great examples of excellent care and support we have, and the valuable and positive difference social care and early years and childcare workers are making to so many people’s lives.
“Congratulations to all our deserving winners. We’re very fortunate to have so many committed and hard-working people supporting our communities.”