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Kelly Prosser from Cardiff - described by colleagues as ‘conscientious’, ‘energetic’ and someone who ‘leads by example’ – was a winner at the inaugural Welsh Learning Disabilities & Autism Awards.
Kelly, who manages four supported living services in the city for The Regard Group, was honoured with The Registered Manager Award at the gala event in the city, which celebrates ‘excellence in the support for people with learning disabilities’.
Kelly was described by the judges as a manager and leader who ‘instils confidence and a sense of family for those whom she supports’.
She said: “It came as a complete surprise. I couldn’t believe it when I heard my name called out. To be recognised and appreciated for what I do by the people I work with is very touching.
“I’m so grateful to my colleagues for taking the time and trouble to write up testimonials on my behalf. And I’ve a lovely glass trophy that I’m going to keep in the office which will be a permanent reminder of my achievement.”
Kelly manages The Regard Group services in Cottrell Road, Mackintosh Place, Strathnairn and Talworth Street, in Cardiff, as well as services supported by the group’s domiciliary care service in South Wales.
Regard locality manager Julie Davies, who nominated Kelly for the award, said: “We are all delighted for her. She leads by example and successfully maintains the highest quality service provision.
“She has instilled a culture among her teams that allows her to promote a truly individualised approach for the people who live in the services she runs. She is conscientious, energetic and a huge asset to Regard.”
Kay Beacham, regional director for Regard, said: “I’m delighted that Kelly has this national recognition for the fantastic way she works. She’s a true inspiration to her team and loved by the people she supports - who are always at the centre of everything she does.”
The National Learning Disabilities & Autism Awards, hosted by Care Talk Magazine, represent all areas of care and support for people in their own homes, the residential care sector or in the voluntary sectors.