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21 August 2019

Anglesey social worker is named first Caring in Welsh award winner

Sian Morgan, a social worker for Isle of Anglesey Council, has been named the winner of the inaugural Caring in Welsh award at a ceremony at the National Eisteddfod in Llanrwst.

The award recognises and celebrates paid care workers in social care, early years and childcare who provide excellent care through the medium of Welsh.

The workers can be a fluent Welsh speaker, know a little Welsh or be a learner, and need to use the language when providing care and support.

Sian was one of six finalists for the award and was chosen as the winner by a public vote, in which more than 850 people had their say.

Fluent Welsh-speaker Sian was nominated for the award by her line manager Dawn Hutchinson because of the difference she’s made to the lives of the people she supports on Anglesey.

By communicating with those she supports in their first language and using the local dialect, Sian has helped families share their experiences, feel understood and feel less isolated.

Sian received her award in person at the ceremony at the National Eisteddfod.

The other five finalists were all highly commended for their excellent work providing care through the medium of Welsh. They were:

  • Keri Davies who works at Abacus Day Nursery and Pre-school in Swansea
  • Carol Evans who works at Tereen Ltd in Conwy
  • Catrin Owen who works at Akari Care in Llanrwst
  • Steve Roberts who works at Calon Lan Community Care in St Asaph
  • Kirsty Ward who works for Social Services at Caerphilly County Borough Council.

The ceremony was attended by the First Minister Mark Drakeford, Aled Roberts, the Welsh Language Commissioner, Jenny Williams, the Strategic Director of Social Care and Education at Conwy County Borough Council, Social Care Wales’ Chair Mick Giannasi CBE and Chief Executive Sue Evans.

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