A Newport service that provides short-term breaks for children with additional needs, a project supporting young unpaid carers from Blaenau Gwent and a recruitment manager from Neath Port Talbot 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.
Five winners were presented with their awards at this year’s ceremony, which was held at Cardiff City Hall on Thursday, 27 April.
The awards, which were sponsored by Blake Morgan, Data Cymru, Life Sciences Hub Wales and WeCare Wales, were hosted by well-known broadcaster Garry Owen and our Chief Executive Sue Evans.
More than 40 projects and workers from across Wales entered or were nominated for the 2023 awards. They were then whittled down to a final shortlist of nine projects and six workers or teams by a panel of expert judges.
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 provides excellent care to make things better for the people they support.
“The past three years have been and continue to be incredibly challenging, but we should be proud of all those working in the sector who have supported 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: “We received a high standard of entries and nominations for this year’s awards and the judges had a difficult task deciding the winners as there was very little to separate some of the finalists.
“It has been 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.
“This year’s awards have shown once again just how many great examples of excellent care and support we have, and the valuable and positive difference care 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.”