A Tregaron Day Care Assistant has been awarded the Social Care Star Award.

Katie Hall, a Day Care Assistant at Bryntirion Care Home, Tregaron was awarded for her work with the residents during a tough year.

Nominated by her colleague, MC Lai said, “Katie is a splendid carer who understands the elderly instinctively and knows how to make them believe in themselves and shine, especially when they have dementia. When Covid struck Min-y-Mor in December 2020, Katie found herself the only permanent member of staff in the care home within days. She organised the agency carers drafted in an emergency, worked days and nights for weeks on end to offer all our residents in isolation the comfort of her familiar face and hers was the last voice some heard when Covid stole them from us. She risked her life without hesitation at every moment of every shift she covered – and she is only 26! When I hear of unsung heroes, I think of Katie in those terrible days and I sincerely believe that her professional selflessness and generous courage deserve to be acknowledged.”

Care Stars 2021 provides an opportunity to recognise examples of excellent care by Social Care Wales. The Awards recognise care workers who have made a truly positive difference to people’s lives and have helped individuals achieve what matters to them even in the middle of a pandemic.

Councillor Catherine Hughes, Ceredigion County Council Cabinet Member for Porth Ceredigion said, “Katie highly deserves this award, ensuring the best possible care for Bryntirion residents. Thank you and congratulations, Katie. We are so very grateful for our social care staff across our homes in Ceredigion. This past year and a half has brought challenges to our homes on top of the daily challenges they would normally face. Staff have gone above and beyond to keep people safe and well. We can’t thank them enough.”

The four categories within Care Star 2021 were

  • Social care support for adults;
  • Social care support for older people;
  • Social care support for children;
  • Childcare, play and early years services.

Katie won the ‘Social care support for adults’ category in Care Star 2021.