Health

Snakes alive! Karen’s in line for top award

A care home nurse who has 15 snakes, five Staffordshire bull terriers, 250 domesticated rats, two cats and eight sons might soon need to find room – for a prestigious award. Karen Wilcox George’s animal collection, including Burmese pythons, might make some people squeamish. Indeed, the animal-lover isn’t so keen on her grandchildren’s tarantulas. But […]

Chef to the stars brings culinary joy to residents at care homes

A chef who’s cooked for the Queen, top politicians, celebrities and sports stars as well as for Michelin star restaurants, is in line for an award for his work with South Wales care homes. Brian Lane, who works for industry-leading care provider, Hallmark Care Homes, has also been a judge in the preliminary rounds for […]

Dedicated night-shift care worker is in running for prestigious award

A senior carer from Bridgend who prides herself on building up a special rapport with the people she looks after during her regular night shifts has been shortlisted for a major award. Linda Kinsey, 54, who has worked at the Hafod Care Association’s Picton Court home in Nottage, Porthcawl for the past decade, says she […]

Career switch pays dividends for ex-investment boss Cerianne

A former investment manager who switched to a career in social care when she realised her computer was her only companion is in the running for a top national award. Cerianne Gratton, from Barry, worked in the financial services sector for 17 years protecting the multimillion pound investments of large corporate firms. But after years […]

Success on a plate for caring Karen

A caring woman from Powys is in the running for a top award after stepping into the breach to cook for a group of young people with autism. Karen Saunders will be a shortlisted finalist at the Wales Care Awards in a category for Commitment to Quality in Housekeeping and Hospitality. The at Cardiff City […]

First residents move into luxury £3m care complex

Pioneering companion living complex in North Wales is the first of its kind in the UK The first residents have moved into a pioneering £3 million luxury care complex that’s creating 30 new jobs in Gwynedd. According to care organisation Pendine Park there has been a “phenomenal amount of interest” in the 16 companion living […]

Bereavement spurs caring Janet on to glory at social care Oscars

A care home manager who admits her job has kept her going since losing her husband to a brain tumour is celebrating a national award nomination. Grandmother-of-four Janet Paynter says her “family-orientated” personality and ability to listen has been a winning combination at Treetops Care Home in Brynmenyn, Bridgend, where she has worked for the […]

Caring Leigh hailed as a role model

A Cwmbran woman who has dedicated over 20 years to helping people with learning difficulties has been hailed as role model by her colleagues. Now Leigh Miller, who delights in making a difference to the lives of those she supports, is in line for a prestigious award at the social care Oscars. She has been […]

New play shines a light on dementia through the eyes of a grandson

A heart-warming new play about dementia inspired by the residents of a Gwynedd care home is set to go on a nationwide tour of Wales. Ŵy, Chips a Nain (Egg, Chips and Grandma) will shine a light on the effects of the cruel condition as seen through the eyes of a young grandson. It’s been […]