The innovation and leadership provided by local government social care services has been recognised, with a number of local councils winning awards at the Social Care Accolades 2013.
The biennial awards showcase good practice and achievement by teams, partnerships and organisations from across Wales, which have improved social care and early years and childcare by investing in the learning and development of their staff.
Creating community centres for older people, developing services to meet the needs of young people, and improving care for people with dementia were just some of the projects which received honours at the awards held on Friday 21 June.
Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council led the way with three awards, including one joint award with South Wales Police.
Anglesey County Council, Care Without Compromise Ltd which is based in Neath Port Talbot, the Wrexham based organisation Prospects for Young People and Flintshire County Council were also nominated winners in the biennial awards, which are led by the Care Council for Wales.
Councillor Mel Nott, WLGA Spokesperson for Health and Social Care said:
“The winners of these awards should be congratulated on their efforts to improve the social care system in Wales through the development of their workforce, and it is encouraging to see local councils so well represented on the honours list. Local government will play a central role in the shaping of care services in Wales in the future, and the innovation and leadership that is being demonstrated by these successful projects will contribute a wealth of best practice and learning that can be used to help improve the social care system across Wales as a whole.
“Much has been debated recently on the challenges facing Wales’ social care system, and the changes that will need to be made to ensure that these services remain effective and sustainable into the future. These awards are a great opportunity to recognise the vital contribution being made by staff to this process, and to highlight the excellent work that is being done to shape and improve social services in Wales.”
This year saw the highest number of entries – more than 70 – since the Accolades began in 2005.
Around five per cent of the total workforce in Wales is involved in some form of social care and early years and childcare, equivalent to a workforce of around 88,000.
For a detailed summary of each of the Social Care Accolades winners, please visit www.ccwales.org.uk