Sian Morgan, a social worker for Isle of Anglesey Council, has today been named the winner of the inaugural Caring in Welsh award at a ceremony at the National Eisteddfod in Llanrwst.
The award recognises and celebrates paid care workers in social care, early years and childcare who provide excellent care through the medium of Welsh.
The workers can be a fluent Welsh speaker, know a little Welsh or be a learner, and need to use the language when providing care and support.
Sian was one of six finalists for the award and was chosen as the winner by a public vote, in which more than 850 people had their say.
Fluent Welsh-speaker Sian was nominated for the award by her line manager Dawn Hutchinson because of the difference she’s made to the lives of the people she supports on Anglesey.
By communicating with those she supports in their first language and using the local dialect, Sian has helped families share their experiences, feel understood and feel less isolated.
Sian received her award in person at the ceremony at the National Eisteddfod earlier today.
The other five finalists were all highly commended for their excellent work providing care through the medium of Welsh. They were:
- Keri Davies who works at Abacus Day Nursery and Pre-school in Swansea
- Carol Evans who works at Tereen Ltd in Conwy
- Catrin Owen who works at Akari Care in Llanrwst
- Steve Roberts who works at Calon Lan Community Care in St Asaph
- Kirsty Ward who works for Social Services at Caerphilly County Borough Council.
The ceremony was attended by the First Minister Mark Drakeford, Aled Roberts, the Welsh Language Commissioner, Jenny Williams, the Strategic Director of Social Care and Education at Conwy County Borough Council, our Chair Mick Giannasi CBE and our Chief Executive Sue Evans.
Mick Giannasi CBE, our Chair, said: “Congratulations to Sian and all the other finalists. Our six finalists showcase the breadth of the excellent care and support that is being provided through the medium of Welsh across Wales.
“All six should be very proud of their achievements and the work they have been doing to promote and use the language in their work. I would also like to thank those who nominated a care worker for the award because without them this award wouldn’t have been possible.”
Sue Evans, our Chief Executive, said: “For people who prefer to speak Welsh or for whom Welsh is their first language, getting care and support from someone who can speak their language is an important part of dignified, high-quality care.
“Even just a few words of Welsh can make a huge difference to those who are receiving care and support. Our six exceptional finalists show what a difference it can make to people’s lives when they are able to communicate in their first language.”