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Entries now open for the 2022 Accolades


Social Care Wales are now welcoming applications for the 2022 Accolades, the awards that recognise, celebrate and share notable work in social work, social care and childcare, play and early years in Wales.

If you’re a team, group or organisation in the public, private, voluntary or co-operative sectors in Wales, this is your chance to share your achievements with colleagues across Wales.

They also have awards for individual care workers – the Caring in Welsh award and the WeCare Wales award. These awards are open to any paid worker or volunteer in social work, social care or childcare, play and early years in Wales who make a positive difference to people’s lives through the care and support they provide.

They’re asking colleagues, employers, people using care and support or their carers, family and friends to nominate any care workers they would like to see recognised with these awards.

The 2022 Accolades have seven categories – there are five categories for teams, groups and organisations, and two categories for individual care workers.

The categories for groups, teams and organisations are:

  • Building bright futures for children and families
  • Effective staff recruitment and retention
  • Looking after and improving workforce well-being
  • Promoting equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Supporting people who live with dementia.

The categories for individual care workers are:

  • Caring in Welsh award
  • WeCare Wales award.

Sue Evans, the Chief Executive, said: “In 2020, we were delighted not only by the record number, but also by the standard and variety, of entries we received for the Accolades.

“Since then, the positive difference the social care, childcare, play and early years sectors make to people’s lives has shone through more than ever. During the past 18 months, our care workers have stepped up under extremely challenging and difficult circumstances to show just how vital and valuable they are.

“The 2022 Accolades will give us an opportunity to showcase the excellent work that’s been happening across Wales, and we’re looking forward to recognising, celebrating and sharing that practice.

“I would urge anyone who works in social work, social care, childcare, play or early years in Wales to submit their application so their good work can be acknowledged.

“Similarly, if you know of a great service or care worker who deserves to be recognised, please encourage them to enter the Accolades or nominate them for the individual awards.”

The closing date for entries and nominations is 5pm, 5 November 2021.

Find out more about the 2022 Accolades and how to enter or nominate a care worker.

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