SOCIAL care projects in Wrexham and Flintshire are among finalists for prestigious social care and early years awards

The awards, which are organised by Social Care Wales, recognise, celebrate and share excellent social care and early years in Wales.

The awards have gone from strength to strength since they were first launched 15 years ago, attracting a record number of entries this year.

The Accolades are open to teams, projects, and organisations from across the public, voluntary and independent sectors that have made a positive difference in people’s lives.

This year’s finalists were chosen by a panel of judges made up of Social Care Wales board members, representatives from partner organisations, former winners and people with experience of using care and support.

Wrexham Glyndŵr University is shortlisted for the developing and inspiring the workforce of tomorrow Accolade for or its ‘Outside In’ project, a focus group that uses innovative ways to educate future social workers.

‘Outside In’ makes sure social work students learn from the experience and expertise of individuals who have received social care, social work and health services.

The Rainbow Centre in Penley has been nominated for its day centre project, a purpose-built community hub that provides a range of interventions, such as social interest and exercise groups, community outreach and befriending, as well as community transport and volunteering opportunities. The project aims to promote positive ageing and empower older people to stay as independent as possible and reconnect with the local community.

Also nominated is Flintshire County Council Social Services for a project providing meaningful daytime activities for more than 250 people with learning disabilities. The project helps people learn new skills, develop independence, and make social connections and friendships. It also works with a supported living programme to help the people it supports, their parents and carers access fulfilling, safe and seamless respite services.

And NEWCIS, which provides carer services in north east Wales, has been shortlisted for its ‘Bridging the Gap’ project, which allows social care workers to access reliable and flexible respite solutions. It allows carers to take a break to suit their needs and can support an urgent need for respite.

The winners, which will also be chosen by a panel of judges, will be announced in a virtual ceremony on Tuesday, November 10.

Sue Evans, Social Care Wales’s Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted that the record number of entries has resulted in a strong group of finalists that showcase the amazing work being done in social care and early years in Wales.

“It goes without saying that this year has been an exceptionally difficult and challenging one for the social care and early years sectors. As a result, it’s more important than ever we take the time to recognise and celebrate the excellent social care and early years being provided every day in every community in Wales.

“Congratulations to the finalists. I look forward to welcoming you all to the virtual awards ceremony on 10 November, and recognising, celebrating and sharing your efforts and achievements, and those of the wider care sector.”