Specialism: Garthowen is a registered residential home for adults with Learning Disabilities, Dementia and/or Physical Disabilities which can be complex. The service
Ros Redford, Amyleigh Normanton, team Cerrig Camu and Kelly Prosser are among an impressive total of 10 Regard nominees to have made it to the finals of the National Learning Disability awards this year.
Rosalyn Redford from Garthowen near Llandysul, has been shortlisted as ‘Support Worker Of The Year,’ and her colleague Amyleigh Normanton is a finalist in the category of ‘The Manager of The Year;’ the Cerrig Camu team who run the OWL (Outcomes With Learning) Centre in Dolgellau, Gwynedd, are finalists in the category of ‘Making A Difference,’ and Kelly Prosser is also shortlisted as ‘The Manager of The Year.’
The Cerrig Camu team which runs the OWL day-centre - an initiative from the Regard Group that provides therapeutic opportunities for people with learning disabilities, mental health and acquired brain injury - was nominated by locality manager, Julie Davies.
Julie Davies said: “The OWL team works tirelessly to make a real and positive difference to people’s lives.
“They never fail to impress me with their approach, offering just the right level of supervision, and working closely and thoughtfully with the people who attend the day-centre and their families, to support each person to realise their potential.”
Garthowen is a registered residential home for adults with learning disabilities, dementia and/or physical disabilities which can be complex, and Kelly Prosser’s supported living services (Cottrell Road, Mackintosh Place, Strathnairn, and Talworth Street) support people to develop independent living skills.
Julie Davies, locality manager for the Regard Group, which runs Garthowen, said: “When Amyleigh arrived at Garthowen as its new manager last August the service faced a number of challenges, and she’s dealt with them all admirably.
“As a result the new people we support have settled beautifully and her staff feel trusted and empowered, with significantly increased levels of satisfaction all round. She’d be a worthy winner of the ‘Service Manager’ award.”
Amyleigh, who earlier this year earned Progression Training’s ‘Learner of the Year’ award, nominated her colleague Ros Redford because she wanted to achieve public recognition for the continuous dedication Ros devotes to the people they support.
“Ros is totally committed to bringing joy and laughter to the lives of the people who live at Garthowen,” said Amyleigh.
“Ros truly deserves this award.- she’s so proactive and motivated, and I’m just thrilled that she’s in the finals.”
Regarding Kelly Prosser, Julie Davies continued: “In 2014 Kelly Prosser was given the major task of introducing a new system of care plans in a difficult environment where shortcomings had been identified.
“She rose magnificently to the challenge of transforming these services, leading by example, and successfully maintains the highest quality service provision to this day.
“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 at Cottrell Road, Mackintosh Place, Strathnairn, and Talworth Street, as well as those who are supported by Regard’s domiciliary care service in South Wales. She is conscientious, energetic and a huge asset to Regard.”
The winners of the Welsh heats will be announced at a gala dinner in Cardiff on 28 September.
The National Learning Disability awards scheme, which is endorsed by the Department of Health, Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) and Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG), seeks to ‘celebrate excellence in the support for people with learning disabilities and aim to pay tribute to those individuals or organisation who excel in providing quality care.’
Carole Edmond, CEO of Regard, said: “It’s fantastic news that we’ve been named as finalists in so many categories, and very gratifying for our wonderful people to receive such public recognition for all the amazing work they do.
“We look forward to getting together to celebrate on the awards evening, and all the nominees are already winners as far as I’m concerned.”