Wrexham Training Programme Wins Social Care 'Oscar'

An initiative which has improved the lives of people receiving care in the local community has scooped one of the most prominent awards in the Welsh social care sector.

Delivered by Conwy Social Services and Pendine Park Teaching Care Centre, the project has won in the ‘Investing in the Workforce’ category at the Social Care Accolades Awards yesterday.

The prize was presented by the Deputy Minister for Social Services, Gwenda Thomas AM at a packed gala award ceremony held at Cardiff City Hall. 

The thinking behind the scheme was to help care professionals who have previously worked in care homes turn their skills to helping people in the community with the aim of giving service users more independence and control over their lives.

The scheme was acknowledged by the judges for the way it embraced all sectors across health and social care, including local authority government agencies, independent and third sector, as well as charities. 

Angela Smith of Conwy Council said: “We are really pleased to have been recognised for the work we have done on extra care housing, which has been in big development in Conwy. Well done to all staff and all of those who helped with the development of the programme.”

The project will now work with the Care Council to demonstrate and share best practice within the care sector in workshops to be held in north and south Wales in the autumn. Other organisations will be learn from the experiences and successes of the winning projects.

Mutale Merrill, Chair of the Care Council for Wales, said: “The Accolades are a wonderful celebration of good practice, recognising groups for their excellence and improving services for users by learning from their success. We encouraged organisations to submit entries that support the aims of the Welsh Assembly Government’s 10-year social care strategy, ‘Fulfilled Lives, Supportive Communities’, which are to modernise services and provide more accessible personalised care for people.

“We have again this year seen some incredible examples of organisations really pushing the boundaries to add value to people’s lives. The standards of this year’s finalists were high and the judges had a very difficult task in deciding on the winners of the 2009 Accolades.

“We hope the awards will not only provide a public platform to celebrate and share best practice, but will also help attract more skilled people into the growing workforce,” she added.


The Social Care Accolades, organised by the Care Council for Wales in partnership with others, aim to recognise and publicly reward teams, partnerships and organisations, which have helped transform social care services in their area by investing in the learning and development of their people.

For more information on the Social Care Accolades visit www.ccwales.org.uk


Note to editors


  • Social care services in Wales support around 150,000 people at any one time;
  • This means one in 20 of the population is receiving some sort of social care;
  • These services account for more than £1.3bn in public spending;
  • Around 88,000 people are employed as social workers or social care workers;
  • Social care services are delivered by 1,800 statutory, private and voluntary organisations;
  • The Accolades are run by eight organisation from across the social care sector in Wales comprising the Care Council for Wales, Association of Directors of Social Services Cymru, British Association of Social Workers, Care Forum Wales, Care Standards Inspectorate for Wales, Social Services Inspectorate for Wales, Wales Council for Voluntary Action and Welsh Local Government Association.

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