Health

Social care leader chosen to help steer Welsh economy

A social care leader will be helping to steer the Welsh economy after being appointed to an influential new panel of advisers. Mario Kreft MBE, the chair of Care Forum Wales and the proprietor of the Pendine Park care organisation, has been appointed to sit on the new Ministerial Advisory Board set up by Economy Secretary […]

Matt’s in the driving seat as he goes for gold with new sporting challenge

An all-action admin assistant who has cerebral palsy is aiming to strike gold after taking up the Duke of Edinbugh’s favourite sport – carriage driving. Matt Palamarczuk, 33, is already a qualified Paralympic coach in the sport of boccia which he has championed at the Pendine Park care organisation where he works. Now Matt, a […]

Rhyl care home yoga sessions a hit with residents in their 90s

Young-minded residents at a care home are proving you’re never too old to limber up by taking part in new weekly yoga sessions – in their 90s. The “chair-based” yoga sessions are becoming so popular at St David’s Residential Home in Rhyl that staff are even joining in to fight old age and boost their […]

Police boss wants more mobile drugs testing units at music festivals and clubs

A police boss is calling for drug testing to be extended at music festivals and clubs in a bid to avoid more tragic deaths. Ann Griffith, the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner of North Wales, spoke out after a mobile testing unit was set up at the popular Gottwood festival on Anglesey at the weekend. […]

Caring Ann mingles with royalty at garden party

A training boss from Flintshire was among hundreds of community heroes from across the UK as she mingled with royalty at a garden party in the regal surroundings of Buckingham Palace. Ann Farr, who runs the Pendine Academy of Social Care in Wrexham, was honoured for her dedication to the social care sector for nearly […]

Caring Ann gets ready for a date with the Queen at the Palace

The manager of a training school for social care practitioners will be swapping the classroom for the grand surroundings of Buckingham Palace. Ann Farr, who runs the Pendine Academy of Social Care in Wrexham, and her fiancé, William Serridge, have been invited to a garden party with Her Majesty the Queen. Ann, 58, who lives […]

Royal flower power at care homes

A flower arranger who decorated Westminster Abbey for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton has been helping care home residents make flower baskets fit for a future queen. Wendy Davis was one of five members of the floral committee at Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod who popped in to dispense top tips at the […]

Hospital team scale new heights in aid of Wrexham homeless shelter

Kind-hearted hospital staff are going up in the world as part of a determined campaign to help a life-saving homeless hostel in Wrexham. Among them will be operating department practitioner Catrin Stace-Jones and anaesthetist Lindsey Edge-Smith, who work at the Spire Yale Hospital in Wrexham. They will be climbing 1,085 metres to the top of Wales’s […]

Social worker Rachel is hailed an ‘Exceptional Newcomer’

A newly-qualified social worker has won a national award for her work with adults and young people with learning disabilities. Rachel Gavin, who works in the Community Learning Disability Team at Bridgend County Borough Council, carried off a bronze award in the Exceptional Newcomer category sponsored by Coleg Cambria at the Wales Care Awards. The […]

Pioneering care home duo win gold

TWO social care experts are celebrating after landing a major award for developing a pioneering staff training scheme designed to enrich the lives of care home residents. Michele May and Sarah Longhurst have also helped establish a clear career path for the workforce at the Pendine Park Care Organisation at their homes in Wrexham and […]