Vale care workers, who have been nominated for awards at the 2018 Wales Care Awards, have received the backing of local MP Alun Cairns. Three carers from College Fields Nursing Home in Barry have been put forward in different categories, all reaching the final.
Mr Cairns visited Nicky Williams, nominated for the Commitment to Quality in Housekeeping and Hospitality Award, Emma Watkins for The Independent Sector Nurse of the Year Award and Sian Kedward for the Commitment to Training and Workforce Development Award to express his full support and congratulations for their well-deserved achievement.
The Vale MP applauded the hard work of all three members of College fields; “I am delighted to see three members of our local care home recognised in the Wales Care Awards, and even more so that they have reached the final. It is so important to recognise the hard work that all three of them, alongside the huge 110 other members of staff at the home, have put in to making the home such a welcoming place for those living there and their visitors”.
Nicky Williams, who started working in College Fields as a lawn and garden maintainer over the summer period, has continued to work there and work on the house’s upkeep even 15 years later. Emma Watkins, worked as a carer at College Fields whilst still in education and is now a fully qualified nurse. And finally, Sian Kedward, has worked as a carer for 18 years at the nursing home and is continuing to show her love for the job by starting a new course of training in Barry College to become a nurse. The years of training and hard work amongst the three nominees shows the commitment to College Fields and the care community as a whole.
Mr Cairns continued to commend their achievements by stating, “These awards highlight the sometimes unrecognised hard work that goes on in care homes around South Wales and the love which is experienced from the outcomes of the job. Nicky, Emma and Sian all importantly highlight this to future care workers in the area and the wider community.”