Sixteen initiatives were recognised in seven categories at the 2015 Accolades. You can read more about those initiatives and watch a video of each category.
Highlights from the past 10 years
The 2015 Accolades celebrated the 10th anniversary of the awards. The awards ceremony, which took place on 18 June 2015 in City Hall in Cardiff, featured a video that showcased highlights of the awards from the past 10 years.
Special 10th anniversary award
KIM Inspire provides mental health support for women, men and young people through different groups in the community. They won the 10th anniversary award for their continued investment in the learning and development of staff, and the services they offer, as well as positive outcomes for those they work with and support.
Leadership to achieve confident, competent and professional workers
Winner - Implementing ‘Signs of Safety’ City and County of Swansea
Swansea’s ‘Signs of Safety’ initiative aimed to change the behaviour of families so they didn’t become dependent on services. It allowed professionals to support, enable and empower families so their children could live safely in their homes and communities.
Supper club Pembrokeshire County Council
The Pembrokeshire supper club was set up to support care leavers and give them access to a personal adviser, support agencies and practical help. It made sure their voice is integral to service planning and helped develop their confidence and sense of community. The club led to the start of a peer mentoring project, the development of child-friendly documentation and a children’s rights group for younger children in care.
Winner - UCAN Productions Cardiff
Led by blind and partially-sighted young people, and supported by a team of professionals, UCAN Productions helped improve participants’ well-being, and physical and vocal confidence through a specialist training programme. It was founded in 2005 in response to a lack of opportunities for visually-impaired young people to socialise and take part in specialist arts activities
Planning for the Future Conwy County Borough Council and Conwy Connect for Learning Disabilities
Having to accommodate people who lived in the family home with older parents/carers at short notice was identified by Conwy as one of its areas of vulnerability. This initiative helped families become more open to discussing their future plans, reassuring those who had been anxious about the process.
The initiative led to the creation of a group that included people with a learning disability, parents, carers, social services and local charity staff, as well as a ‘planning for the future guide’ for parents and carers.
Better outcomes through working together
Winner - Flintshire Early Years and Family Support Service Flintshire multi-agency partners
Flintshire County Council’s family support service benefited local children’s emotional well-being and academic achievements. It helped improve confidence in people’s parenting skills, leading to a reduction in the stress experienced by families. As a result of the programme, around two-fifths of pupils showed significant improvement in their academic competence, and more than four-fifths of parents felt empowered and reported an increased ability to support their child in their education.
Merthyr Tydfil Borough-Wide Youth Forum Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council, Safer Merthyr Tydfil and their Up and Coming Young Reporters Project and CREA8 Project
The Youth Forum developed a modern slavery initiative noted by the Anti-Human Trafficking Co-ordinator for Wales as the first to engage young people in this in Wales. It involved producing a DVD ‘Caught in Traffick’ and a training resource to raise awareness of human trafficking, and has been used to enhance Healthy Relationships Training in schools in Merthyr Tydfil. The initiative was also awarded a quality mark by the Welsh Government and Crown Prosecution Service.
Somability Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council in partnership with Cardiff Metropolitan University, Artis Community and Cariad Interactive
Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council developed Somability, a computer programme to help adults with learning disabilities develop confidence and friendships. Somability is responsive to movement and encourages users to create graphical projections of their bodies. It helped users discover new forms of interaction and brought them “excitement and joy”.
Developing a sustainable workforce
Winner - Social Work Recruitment and Retention Pembrokeshire County Council
Pembrokeshire County Council implemented a workforce strategy to recruit a high-quality social work team. It improved standards of service provision and resulted in: fewer turnover and vacancies, increased satisfaction with pay and workload, improved staff morale, fewer caseloads, greater continuity of social workers for families, and social workers having more time to spend on professional practice.
Select the Best Monmouthshire County Council
This project aimed to attract and select the best social workers for the local authority using posters, social media and videos to give people ‘a real flavour of what it’s like being in the Monmouthshire team’. The selection process featured exercises that targeted technical knowledge and expertise, and involved people who received care and support in the decision-making.
Working to Change through Changing our Workforce Isle of Anglesey County Council
The Working to Change through Changing our Workforce initiative aimed to stabilise and develop the local authority’s workforce by reviewing approaches to recruitment and retention, induction, professional development, and specific management training. As a result, staff turnover was reduced from more than 55 per cent in 2010/11 to 10 per cent in 2014/15 and, for the first time in more than four years, no agency staff were needed.
Excellent Outcomes in the Care of Older People
Winner - The Raglan Project Monmouthshire County Council
The Raglan Project aims to transform the lives of people with dementia by moving away from traditional models of homecare. The initiative supported people living with dementia, and, rather than focusing on fixed care plans with tasks performed by staff at specific times, activities were carried out by carers after daily discussions with the person and their family. The team supported people to re-engage with friends, family and the village, established two community groups and helped people regain and develop their skills.
Llys y Seren Grŵp Gwalia Cyf, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board and Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council
Llys y Seren is a purpose-built care home in Baglan specialising in dementia care for 50 residents and provides them with a home for the rest of their lives. It opened in June 2014 with residents and staff from the existing homes run by Gwalia. There was a ratio of three care staff to every resident. The initiative prevented 17 admissions to hospital and saw care packages reduced when people went home, as they could do much more for themselves.
Tŷ Dewi Sant – Vale of Glamorgan residential care Vale of Glamorgan Council
This residential care home initiative moved away from the traditional task-focused culture of support. The initiative was aimed at creating a ‘sense of home’ with mutually-supportive relationships between the older people, their friends, relatives and staff. Engaging staff training opportunities helped improve staff’s knowledge, especially around dementia care, and resulted in more relaxed engagement. Staff and residents’ participation in decision-making was empowering and created a sense of ownership and community.
Excellent Outcomes in the Care of Younger People, Children and Early Years
Winner - GISDA Caernarfon
GISDA is a charity that helped vulnerable young people aged 16-25 live independently in hostels, houses and flats across North Wales by helping them with training, education, budgeting and life skills. Most of the young people reported improved mental and physical health, and more confidence to engage in other activities in their communities. One of the charity’s projects provided bilingual and holistic support to young parents in Gwynedd, aiming to reach those in rural areas and reduce their isolation. Another worked with young people who need help to move from support to employment.
Gwent Missing Children Gwent missing people, trafficking and CSE team
This multi-agency and cross-sector initiative aimed to reduce the number of children and young people reported missing. The Missing Children Project’s initial aim was to complete 331 risk assessments within the first year, but the team completed 234 risk assessments within the first six months, identifying 35 young people who were at risk of child sexual exploitation. The young people said they felt they were now being listened to so were less inclined to run away, and the approach was having a positive impact on preventing risk-taking behaviours spiralling out of control.