Alison Jones had reservations about working at Plasgwyn Nursing Home at first because she didn’t speak Welsh.

A mental health nurse who uprooted more than 120 miles to start a new life in north Wales where she took on a role in a Welsh-speaking nursing home despite not knowing the language has been nominated for a prestigious award.

Alison Jones and her family made the long journey from Worcester where they’d lived for eight years to set up home in Criccieth, back in 2015 after her husband landed a new job.

Six months later a friend Alison made through the new school that her two daughters attend recommended that she join her in working at Plasgwyn Nursing Home, based in Criccieth and part of Cariad Care Homes.

Despite her reservations about not being able to speak Welsh, the 46-year-old was successful with her application and has been a hugely valued and important member of the team ever since - and is also well on her way to being a fluent Welsh speaker.

It’s Alison’s unwavering commitment to the welfare of the residents at the home that has now led to her being named as a shortlisted finalist at the prestigious Wales Care Awards, known as the social care Oscars.

The awards are organised by Care Forum Wales and this year’s ceremony, which will be hosted by tenor and radio presenter Wynne Evans, better known as Gio Compario from the Go Compare TV ads, takes place at City Hall in Cardiff on Friday, 18 October.

Alison, who is originally from Hereford, is in the running for the Independent Sector Nurse of the Year Award, sponsored by Ontex UK, after being nominated by nursing home manager Jill Jones who described it as a ‘privilege’ to work with her.

Alison said: “I was absolutely floored when I found out I’d been nominated.

“They feel that I’m special and that is so lovely.

“I didn’t actually think I’d get the job back in 2015 because everyone speaks fluent Welsh. But they said we don’t turn nurses away!

“When I visited it was the matron at the time Sue Fryatt who won me over - she is an inspirational nurse. It’s such a lovely place to work, it’s like a big family.

“A lot of the residents are in the latter stages of their life and don’t want to or just don’t speak English at all. People are so polite with me but it’s something I want to tackle. I want to be bilingual.”



Residents of a Gwynedd care home are showcasing their artistic talents with a display of their work for visitors – and it has even uncovered a rare Welsh nursery rhyme.
The exhibition at Plasgwyn Care Home, near Criccieth, run by the award-winning Cariad Care Homes, displays a huge array of work done there from multimedia images to paintings, cards and decorations.
It has even unearthed a rare Welsh nursery rhyme recalled by 92-year-old Will Hughes from his childhood in Penrhyndeudraeth which was even unknown to other residents.
Will, from Blaenau Ffestiniog, who worked for over 40 years in the ICI explosives factory in Penrhyndeudraeth, said: “It has just stuck in my mind all my life and it came back to me from when I was in school.”

The poem reads:

Medd ffedog fy mam wrth frat fy chwaer
a gawn ni fynd gyda'r gwynt i Gaer
Eitha peth meddai’r lliain bwrdd’
Fydda torri'r lein a dianc i ffwrdd

Said my mother’s apron to my sister’s pinny
Can we go with the wind to Chester?
It would be quite the thing said the tablecloth
To cut the line and escape away.

Pauline Williams, a Welsh language TV producer and scriptwriter, is the activities co-ordinator at Plasgwyn and has been working with them for three days a week for almost four years.
Pauline, whose TV credits include Sombreros and Tipyn o Stad for S4C, said: “No-one could ever remember hearing it before, but Will’s memory is very clear and we have used it to create a lovely mixed media picture.
“We like to involve as many of the residents we can in our art, so they paint backgrounds and cut out shapes and there is a really diverse range of talents here.
“Will’s work is quite abstract and modern-looking, and another is of an image of Blaenau Ffestiniog with its slate roofs, sheep in the fields and mountains around an old picture of the town cut out from a newspaper.
“Another of the residents, Rhiannon Morris, who taught at Ysgol Eifion Wyn primary school in Porthmadog, is very good at cutting out and sewing and she did the shapes for a welcome sign saying ‘Croeso’.
“They have all worked together on some lovely seascapes and they have made greetings cards which sell for just £1 and some of their pictures have been bought by relatives as well with the money going into the residents’ fund for art materials and outings.”
Rhiannon, 88, was an accomplished musician on the piano, organ and harp who hadn’t been able to play for many years but can do so now with an iPad and a stylus and she also enjoys the art sessions: “We do all sorts of things with Pauline and it’s a combined effort so we all play our part.”
Will said: “I had never done any art before, but I have tried to show the slate roofs and the sheep in the fields and I’ve enjoyed it. I’d like to do something bigger now.”
His daughter, Jean Williams, said her dad loved to chat about his time in work and she said: “We’ve been trying to work out where he remembers the poem from and I think it may be from the eisteddfodau they used to hold in the cabbanau, the cabins in the slate quarries.
“We didn’t know he was such a talented artist, he has settled very well here, and Pauline is brilliant with the residents.”
Pauline added: “We are going to have the exhibition up here for a month and perhaps we can sell some of the paintings to family members and visitors.
“It would be nice to put some on display to the public locally as well because they are really interesting and often show something of the past through the memories of our residents.”
Cariad Care Homes Director Ceri Roberts said: “We love to give the residents the opportunity to get involved in activities and they really love the artwork.
“Pauline is so talented, she is very creative and has some great ideas, our residents really look forward to the days that Pauline is here and enjoy their activities with her and get a lot from them.”
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Art-1Residents from Plasgwyn residential home hold their own art exhibition; Pictured is Will Hughes with carer Debbie Wadsworth from Plasgwyn.

Art-2, 3 and 4 Will Hughes.

Art-7 and 8 Resident Rhiannon Morris with an example of her artwork.

Art- 5,6,9 and 10: Residents’ work.

Art-12 and 13: Resident Gwyneth Lake.


staff with hoist

An award-winning Gwynedd care company is making a £120,000 investment to upgrade its facilities and services. Cariad Care Homes, which employs 115 mostly local staff at its two nursing homes in Porthmadog and Criccieth, is continuing a programme of improvements which has seen it invest £750,000 at the homes over the past six years.

The family-run business is spending £80,000 on installing new automatic electrical ceiling hoists in all the bedrooms at Plasgwyn, Criccieth, and at its second site at Bodawen, in Porthmadog.

They have also put in emergency generators at both homes at a cost of £40,000 while they have also set up a new training room at Plasgwyn with a new training programme to be rolled out.

Ceri Roberts, Managing Director of Cariad Care Homes, said: “We took the decision to install ceiling hoists in bedrooms of the two nursing homes for the benefit of the residents and the care team.

“They are for people who unable to bear their own weight and for whom we would have to use a manual hoist to transfer out of bed. The electrical ceiling hoists are much more comfortable for the resident and much less stressful and it means staff have more time to devote to giving positive attention to our residents.”

Monica Stevenson, a carer who has been with Cariad Care Homes for 12 years, said: “The new ceiling hoists are fantastic for the residents and the staff because it makes the whole operation of getting someone up run much more smoothly. It means we are not jerking or pulling residents about as with a mobile hoist so it’s a much more comfortable transfer from bed to chair or vice versa and it’s much more dignified. Our job is easier with them. We have to think about the residents all the time – they could be your mum or dad and if you ask them they say it’s wonderful too.”

Cariad have backed that up by installing modern generators in both nursing homes to ensure that electrical supplies are maintained to both homes at all times – a vital facility in an area subject to harsh winter weather which can threaten power supplies.

It is part of a major programme of investment in the homes which can cater for 78 residents in individual rooms and which also includes expenditure on a new programme of staff training and development.

This includes the provision of a new training room and the appointment of former Plasgwyn Manager Susan Fryatt, an experienced and highly qualified senior nurse, as Head of Training.

Ceri Roberts added: “The fact that people are living longer places increasing pressure on the care sector and it is one which we have to be ready to meet. That means making sure that we have the best possible facilities and services to help the people in our care and those who care for them so that they can all lead as full and rewarding lives as possible. We are committed to delivering top quality nursing care for the elderly, ensuring our residents’ dignity and wellbeing is always at the heart of what we do and our homes have been developed to be comfortable, secure and happy places to live and work.”

Cariad Care Homes was founded in 1999 at Plasgwyn where Ceri’s parents had run a successful hotel for many years and the business then expanded to take in Bodawen, near Porthmadog, in 2004.

The two homes provide en-suite rooms as well as lounges, dining rooms and extensive grounds and in addition to nursing and care staff have a dedicated activities team.

Cariad Care Homes have won a number of Care Forum Wales awards in recent years and have also taken part in Age Concern’s Speak Up project.


Bodawen Residents have a Hoot of a time

Residents of a nursing home had a hoot thanks to a flying visit from special feathered friends – including Bobo the magnificent European Eagle Owl.
Bobo was one of the star attractions when Geraint and Margaret Roberts from an owl sanctuary in Talsarnau dropped in at the Bodawen Nursing Home in Porthmadog.

The beautiful bird of prey is in fine fettle now but things were very different when he was rescued by the couple.
According to the Geraint, he was in a terrible state and was unable to fly because his previous owners used to keep him under the stairs. As a result, it took Bobo three years to take to the skies again.

Seeing Bobo and Swnyn, a stunning tawny owl, brought back happy memories for one resident, Anwen Mair Jones, 77, the widow, of the well-known naturalist, photographer and broadcaster Ted Breeze Jones, who now lives at Bodawen that’s run by Cariad Care Homes.

She said: “Ted wrote many books and articles on birds. Nature and birds were his life and he was an amazing photographer. I really enjoy seeing the owls and stroking them it’s so nice. I like living here; we are really well cared for. There is always lots going on and while I like the birds we also have singing and dancing too.”

Geraint said: “It’s always a pleasure to call in at Bodawen Nursing Home so residents can see and stroke the rescue owls. I work as a pest control officer using birds of prey, mainly falcons and Harris hawks, to keep seagulls away from airfields, landfill and other industrial sites. We are also an unofficial owl rescue centre and the police, RSPCA, vets and other animal welfare charities get in touch when they have an owl or other bird of prey that needs help. We are currently caring for around 20 rescued owls that will, providing they are able to care for themselves, be returned to the wild.

“However, Bobo and Swnyn, can’t be returned to the wild unfortunately. We have had Swnyn since he was just a few days old and Bobo was rescued in a terrible condition from a house near Porthmadog where he was kept under the stairs. It took almost three years to get Bobo flying again but there is no way he could now hunt for himself. We think he’s about 30 but that’s quite young and he could live into his 80s.”

He added: “We always enjoy visiting Bodawen Nursing Home and in particular seeing Mrs Jones. I knew her husband Ted Breeze Jones very well. He would come to photograph my birds as it was easier getting close-up shots without disturbing wild birds. The Cymdeithas Ted Breeze Jones still operates today. He was a wonderful ornithologist and photographer who wrote many books on birds and wrote articles for many newspapers and magazines.”

Resident Dafydd Brian Edwards, 66, a retired policeman, was also in his element. He said: “I love the owls coming in. The big owl is very impressive and a huge bird but it is really quite gentle.”

Former teacher Barbara Jones, who works as an activities co-ordinator and care practitioner at Bodawen Nursing Home, said: “We want to make residents feel that this is their home and that they are relevant, important and we are interested in them. Being in a nursing home should be another chapter in a person’s life and there is plenty left to be involved with and enjoy. It’s just wonderful to see how residents react to the owls and how much pleasure it gives them. I’m always grateful to Geraint and Margaret for coming in and bringing their beautiful birds along.”

Bodawen Nursing Home has 40 beds and caters for residents with a variety of conditions and Cariad Care Homes Director Ceri Roberts said: “We have residents who suffer from Parkinson’s disease, MS, stroke victims, heart disease and some who are living with dementia.”

Bodawen Residents have a Hoot of a time

“It’s a happy and bright home and we try to encourage residents to be active, to enjoy the varied activities on offer in the home and to attend social events in the local community. We’re really grateful to Geraint and Margaret for bringing Bobo and Swnyn along. The residents clearly get a lot from seeing and stroking the birds and I know they get quite excited at the prospect of a visit from them.”



I’m delighted to announce that yet again following the Food Hygiene Inspection in 2016 both of our homes Bodawen in Porthmadog & Plasgwyn in Criccieth have yet again achieved and been awarded the Food Hygiene top score of 5.

Well done to our Cooks, and the kitchen team at both homes.




From the 17th November 2016 for a 10 week period Bodawen Nursing Home has been selected to be involved with Age connect Speak Up Project.

Speak up is an activity focused programme for Residents in Care Homes in Gwynedd, Denbigh & Conwy.

The Speak Up co-coordinator and 2 volunteers will visit the home every Thursday from 10am until 12.00, they will over a 10 week period engage with our Residents to help them find and /or reclaim their personal power to build self confidence, resilience and self esteem.

It is hoped that at the end of the 10 week period the voices of our Residents will be fully heard and that they will be able to Speak Up for themselves.

Empowerment of the older people will ensure that they feel safe and are listened to, that they are valued and respected and that they have meaningful control and choice in their lives.

A GREAT AFTERNOON (saesneg yn unig)


On Friday afternoon at Bodawen we had a visit from Geraint Williams and his wife with 3 owls. A baby barn owl, Tawny Owl and a magnificent Eagle Owl. We were able to stroke the birds and several of us wanted to have pet Owls.

Geraint and his wife answered any questions we asked. Amazingly the baby bird ate more than the Eagle Owl as it was building up its strength to be able to fly in a couple of weeks.

Geraint took the Eagle Owl around all the residents in the lounge and then to visit the Residents who are nursed in bed.

“Did you know Harry Potter’s Owl in the film had been a rescue Owl?”

A great afternoon was had by all and we hope that they will visit us again.

FLOWERS GALORE (saesneg yn unig)



On Monday afternoon some Residents and I packed ourselves, flowers, scissors, a large world golbe and some drapes into the people carrier and went to St John’s Church in Porthmadog to prepare an arrangement for the Flower Festival.

We spernt over an hour deciding which flowers should go where. David the only man in our group was extremely artistic and made by far the most contribution! The end result was a beautiful large arrangement and a colorful array of different flowers which was themed around reconciliation.


MUSICAL MEMORY LANE (saesneg yn unig)

On Thursday 28th July 2016, The Residents and Staff gathered in the purple lounge for a great afternoon of entertainment by Colin James, who took us down a musical memory lane. Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Rock and Roll 50’s and 60’s to name but a few.

There as some dancing, lots of feet tapping and lots of singing along. Even those amongst us who closed their eyes couldn’t help but tap or sing to the music.

We all love a good musical afternoon and this was certainly one to remember.

A PIG CALLED HILDA (saesneg yn unig)


On Saturday the 28th May 2016, Bodawen Nursing Home held a Spring Fair. The Fair was well attended by residents, relatives and people from the local community; we managed to make a lot of money for the resident’s fund which is used to pay for entertainers to visit the home. The star of the Fair was “the pig; she lives with the homes rare breed chickens, ducks, geese and rabbits. Hilda is a tiny 4 month old micro pig.


Sioned Williams a Care Practitioner at Bodawen who previously gained an award at the Wales Care Awards, looks after the animals and she opened up the field as a “petting farm” for the children to enjoy during the Spring Fair. The children were able to hold baby chicks and rabbits and they all adored holding Hilda the pig. Hilda comes when her name is called and likes to snuggle up to people’s feet; she is much smaller than the chickens! Hilda appeared to enjoy being a star for the afternoon and everyone fell in love with her.


As well as the “petting farm” the home had a tombola run by Barbara our Activities organiser there was also a cake stall and a Barbeque cooked by Jo Parry also a previous winner at the Wales Care Awards and one of the homes cooks who gave up her day off to manage the barbeque. Everyone enjoyed lovely cup cakes made by Vicky another of the home’s cooks.

We would like to say a big Thank You to all the local businesses who donated items for the tombola, raffle and silent auction and to all the staff and volunteers who made the event a huge success.

At Bodawen we feel it is important to integrate into the local community. Our Residents have many opportunities to be taken out in our new wheel chair access car to as many events as possible in and around the Porthmadog area.

In February some residents started attending the Dementia Exercise sessions in the leisure centre on a Thursday afternoon. The Dementia society held a Danceathon in Harlech on the 18th April 2016 which some of our residents attended and thoroughly enjoyed.

On Tuesday mornings the Porthmadog stroke club meet for a couple of hours at the leisure centre, some of our residents attend the sessions which last for about 2 hours nd find the sessions to be very therapeutic and a great opportunity to met other people whom have suffered a stroke.

Our residents also enjoy fun afternoons at the Ganolfan with events run by a number of local Societies, Church and Chapels. We take as many of our residents to these events for a “panad” a nice cake and an opportunity to chit-chat.

We also had the opportunity to take soem residents to St John’s Church Flower Festival where our residents we greeted with big smiles, and was yet another opportunity for a cup of tea and chat.

We had a Food Hygiene inspection at Plasgwyn on the 10th June 2015. Congratulations to Marion, Ian and their team of Kitchen Assistants who have yet again managed to retain the top score of 5.The kitchen at Plasgwyn have been successful in achieving the highest possible score since the Food Standards Agency introduced the scores on the door system some years ago. Well done.


We had a Food Hygiene inspection at Bodawen on the 28th April 2015. I’m delighted to announce that yet again Bodawen have been awarded the highest score of 5 by the Food Hygiene Inspector- Well done to the Cooks and Vicky 


Sue Fryatt and her team at Plasgwyn have been encouraging women to bin their old bras as part of a project to help a canine charity and women in third world countries.

A bra bank is in place at Plasgwyn Nursing Home and so far Sue and her team have collected 15kg of old bras, which have been donated to Pathfinder Dogs Charity . The Charity raises and trains German Shepherd dogs as guides for blind people in the UK.

Sue said “Pathfinders sell the bras to raise funds for themselves, but they are also given out to women in Africa who are in desperate need of them. We also found out that in some African countries, incidents of rape and violence lessens towards women when the wear bras.

As Sue has a love of German Shepherd dogs and on hearing the good the bras has made, Sue and her team are even more determined to collect as many bras as possible. You will be able to donate your old bras in a box by the entrance to Plasgwyn up until the 20th May 2015.

Wales Care Awards: packed-out ceremony was an 'inspirational' night (Saesneg yn unig)

The Wales Care Awards ceremony on Friday, October 24, in Cardiff's City Hall was a packed-out night to remember which saw 56 finalists presented with awards in 21 categories ranging from excellence in dementia care to innovation in care for children and young people. The winners of the top three awards of the night – the Dignity in Care Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Spirit of Care Award – were all chosen from among the finalists in the 18 other categories.

See the full list of the 2014 Wales Care Awards winners

The ceremony was attended by social care professionals there to support colleagues, policy makers, politicians and sponsors of the awards, now in their 12th year. Entertainment was provided by soprano Ffion Perrett (pictured above) and the compere was BBC Wales news reader Lucy Owen.

Mario Kreft, the chair of Care Forum Wales, told the packed City Hall ballroom that "Wales deserves a night like this" and long-time supporter of the awards Howard Crackle, head of healthcare in Wales for Barclays, told the crowd: "You are the cream of your profession".

The night was filled with inspiring stories, none more so than the Lifetime Achievement Award winner Dilys Price who founded the Touch Trust which offers movement programmes for people with disabilities. The skydiving octogenarian (recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as one of the world's oldest skydivers) said she felt "proud and validated" to win an award for her achievements.

The night also saw a surprise announcement by Mario Kreft about the Academy of Care Practitioners, the innovative body set up to represent and champion social care workers across Wales. He announced that Jan Wood would become its honorary chief executive and that former social services minister Gwenda Thomas was to be its honorary president.

Wales Care Awards 2014
Highly Commended Certificate Awarded to Pauline Williams

Pauline Williams was nominated for the promoting fulfilled lives award at the prestigious Wales Care Awards 2014. There were well over 400 nominations this year and unfortunately Pauline was not shortlisted for the top prize, however she did receive a highly commended certificate for the difference she has made as her influence in co-ordinating activities, craft work, movement to music and the use of I pads has improved the quality of our resident’s lives and has brought a joyful atmosphere to the home which families and visitors have positively commented on.

Wales Care Awards 2013 - winners honoured at social care 'Oscars'

Wales Care Awards 2013 Friday October 18th saw the 11th annual Wales Care Awards ceremony - the Oscars of the social care sector - take place in Cardiff's City Hall. The event is hosted by Care Forum Wales. It was compered by BBC Wales newsreader Lucy Owen and entertainment was provided by Welsh mezzo soprano Sioned Terry (pictured left).

Guests at the awards included the Welsh Government's Deputy Minister for Social Services, Minister for Local Government, Lesley Griffiths and representatives of the Five Nations Group from across the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

The awards were also featured on S4C's Heno programme - watch the clip here (the Wales Care Awards item is around 38 minutes into the programme).

Mario Kreft, Care Forum Wales' chair, said: ""This has been a truly inspirational evening with many wonderful stories about the positive work achieved in the social care sector in Wales.

He continued: "The calibre of nominees this year has been extremely high and demonstrates the fantastic work that is ongoing across our sector.

"An evening like this underlines the importance of the social care sector," he added. "It is the glue that binds our communities together, both socially and economically. There are more than 150,000 people in Wales receiving social care and the sector employs more than 80,000 people - that's equivalent to five per cent of the Welsh workforce.

"Tonight we celebrated all the nominees, those selfless men and women who provide care and support to vulnerable people across Wales. Every single one of them is a winner - and this is a celebration of all that's best within the social care sector in Wales.

Cariad Care Homes Ltd came away with three silver awards

Catering in Care Award
Sponsored by: Woodwards Food Service – Leah Carter, Area Manager
Presenter - Cllr Huw Thomas, Cardiff Council Cabinet Member, Health and Adult Social Care, Cardiff Council
Jo Parry Bodawen Nursing Home – Silver

Nurse of the Year Award
Sponsored by Tena Products – Karen Jackson, National Account Manager at SCA
Presenter – Nigel Downes - Primary Care & Independent Sector Adviser, RCN Wales
Rhian Evans Plasgwyn Nursing Home – Silver

Residential Care Practitioner Award
Sponsor – Older Peoples Commission – Sarah Rochira, Older People’s Commissioner for Wales
Presenter – Lesley Griffiths
Irene Millar Plasgwyn Nursing Home – Silver

She walked 5 miles in deep snow to get to elderly clients ONE IN A MILLION: Rhian Evans and Irene Miller at Cariad Care Home with resident Lillian Martin. SENIOR NURSE RHIAN UP FOR TOP AWARD

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Cambrian News:


(cyfieithiad yn dod yn fuan)

I am delighted to announce that three employees have been short listed to win a prestigious award at the Wales Care Awards 2013 to be held at a Gala dinner in City Hall Cardiff on the 18th October 2013.

The shortlisted employees are:
Jo Parry Cook at Bodawen in the category of Catering in Care
Rhian Evans Nurse at Plasgwyn in the category of nurse of the year
Irene Millar Care Practitioner at Plasgwyn in the category of Residential care practitioner

Congratulations to the three of them, regardless of the results on the night we are so proud of their achievement.

Wales Care Awards 2013 - winners honoured at social care 'Oscars' - click here

Starring role for care home residents (cyfieithiad yn dod yn fuan)
craft work A TV producer and scriptwriter is helping to brighten up the lives of residents in a care home in Gwynedd.

Pauline Williams organises arts, crafts and music sessions at the Plasgwyn home in Criccieth

Among those who enjoy the sessions are residents with varying abilities due to their illness.

Pauline, whose TV credits includes Sombreros and Tipyn o Stad for S4C, first visited their sister home Bodawen in Porthmadog where she was able to experience the work done by the activities co-ordinator whilst researching for a project.

As there is a full time activities co-ordinator at Bodawen the experience prompted Pauline to volunteer two days a week to run group and one-to-one activity sessions at Plasgwyn.

The public will get the chance to glimpse the colourful lives of the residents during National Care Homes Open Day on June 21, when care homes throughout England and Wales take centre stage and show how the homes connect to their local communities.

Cariad Care Homes Ltd runs Plasgwyn and Bodawen nursing home at Criccieth and Porthmadog.
“It’s the first time we have been involved in a National Open Day and the idea is to raise awareness and get people into our homes who may have never been before and experience what life is like.
“We employ 105 people at our homes, 75 of which are local people so we are a fairly large employer in Gwynedd and are a local family run business,” said Ceri Roberts, the group MD.

Many of the residents in Plasgwyn require palliative care and receive one to one sessions with Pauline, whilst the more able enjoy arts and crafts and manage music and movement sessions, which she will be demonstrating during open day.

Ceri said: “At Bodawen where residents are more able bodied we have an area in the grounds with rare breed chickens and ducks and rabbits and we will be organising pony rides and more outdoor fun things.
“Since last year Pauline has been coming to Plasgwyn and organising activities and the residents really enjoy it. We have included as many in the activities as possible even our residents who are nursed in their beds where Pauline can do one-to-one reading, singing or sensory sessions. But she also has a group of more able bodied who are doing crafts.”

Pauline said: “ Those who participate in the activities have developed creative skills which they did not think they possessed.

“I have one lady who has had a stroke and can use only her left side, and we have some with dementia who can become distracted so we do collaborative works and someone else can carry on the project.
“Some have really blossomed. One man in the midst of all the ladies turns out to be able to produce the most fantastic copperplate writing and now he has turned his hand to sewing.

“We do a mix of art work. The first project we did was a collage using shells, fabric, paint and seaweed. It’s about getting everyone involved no matter how able.

“My background is in TV as a film and drama producer and writer. I visited Bodawen to do some research on a project and then I thought have been so busy in the past that I have never volunteered for anything and then I started coming here,” said Pauline, who believes being a Welsh speaker helps enormously with the largely Welsh-speaking residents.

Ceri said: “The Open Day gives people with no obvious connection to the homes an opportunity to pop in and look around. They don’t need to be coming in because they are looking for a place for a loved one but just to see what we do.

“For instance we recognise the importance of having a highly trained team and do a lot of in house training at Plasgwyn and during Open Day we will have an exhibition of our staff training scheme, something we are very proud about.

Mario Kreft, the Chair of Care Forum Wales, said: “The National Care Home Open Day is a great opportunity for care homes to show their local communities the excellent services that are at the heart of where they live.

"The open day is a sector-led initiative about openness and transparency and I encourage all care homes to take part.

“It is heartening that so many homes have already registered to host open days and I hope that come Friday, June 21, most of the care homes across the country will have signed up and ready to open their doors.”

The full programme includes: Bodawen Nursing Home starts with 11am coffee morning with bring and buy stalls; 12.30 buffet lunch on our new patio weather permitting; 2.30-5pm fun afternoon, pony rides, rare breed chickens, ducks and rabbits.

Plasgwyn Nursing Home: 10am movement to music; 11am coffee morning; art exhibition of residents work; aromatherapy treatments; 3pm-4.30pm cream tea on new garden patio which will be attended by Cllr Gareth Thomas. champion for older people in Gwynedd.


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Cynhaliwyd digwyddiad arbennig Gwobrau Gofal Cymru yn Neuadd y Ddinas Caerdydd ddydd Gwener 26 Hydref 2012.
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Gyda Lesley Griffiths, Gweinidog Iechyd Llywodraeth Cymru a Gwenda Thomas, Dirprwy Weinidog Plant a Gwasanaethau Cymdeithasol yn bresennol, mae’r gwobrau’n ddathliad blynyddol o bopeth sy’n dda ynglŷn â gofal cymdeithasol.

Rydym mor falch bod tri o’n gweithwyr wedi cael eu henwebu ac wedi derbyn y gwobrau canlynol -

Sue Fryatt - Metron Plasgwyn a dderbyniodd ddwy wobr AUR:
sue with award


Dyfarnwyd gwobr aur i Sue am ddangos ymarfer arbennig, wrth weithio gydag unigolion a defnyddio gwasanaethau ac wrth helpu i ddatblygu staff. Mae hefyd yn defnyddio ymarfer sy’n seiliedig ar dystiolaeth i lywio’i gwaith bob dydd ac mae ganddi sgiliau arweinyddiaeth sydd wedi newid a dylanwadu’n gadarnhaol ar y gofal sy’n cael ei ddarparu, mae’n gweithio fel aelod o dîm, mae ganddi werthoedd sy’n dangos gofal iechyd cyfannol a chymdeithasol, ac mae wedi symbylu a chymryd rhan mewn ymarfer sy’n seiliedig ar ymchwil. Mae hefyd wedi gweithio mewn partneriaeth gydag asiantaethau a gweithwyr proffesiynol allanol, ac wedi dylanwadu ar y drefn gadarnhaol hon o weithio.

Rhagoriaeth mewn Gofal Lliniarol a Diwedd Oes
Dyfarnwyd gwobr aur i Sue am sicrhau bod gan staff sgiliau a’u bod yn gweithio tuag at Lwybr Gofal Cymru Gyfan, mae’n fedrus o ran gwaith amlbroffesiwn ac yn arbenigo mewn pobl hŷn, mae wedi sicrhau rhagoriaeth yn ei hymarfer ei hun ac mae’n symbylu/dylanwadu ar arfer gorau yng ngwaith eraill.

Jo Parry - Cogydd, Bodawen a dderbyniodd wobr ARIAN:
jo parry


Dyfarnwyd gwobr arian i Jo am ei hagwedd ymarferol tuag at arlwyo, mae'n rhagori o ran diwallu anghenion penodol pob unigolyn gan neilltuo amser i wybod beth maent yn ei hoffi a’i gasáu, ac yn arbennig am ei gwaith caled yn creu nosweithiau bwyty a chiniawau thematig.

Sioned Williams – Ymarferydd Gofal, Bodawen a dderbyniodd wobr EFYDD:
Dyfarnwyd gwobr efydd i Sioned am ddangos ymrwymiad i ddarparu gwasanaeth sydd wedi gwella’n sylweddol fywydau ein preswylwyr ac yn arbennig am ei gwaith caled a’i hymroddiad i’r anifeiliaid ym Modawen.


Yn y rhan hon:-

- Cofrestru i gael Cylchlythyr
- Digwyddiadau/Calendr


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