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Sarah Rochira said: “It is important to remember that places like College Fields are people’s homes and residents need stability. The long-term service of staff helps to illustrate the community spirit built up here and shows that residents are regarded as friends and this is indeed their home.”

Six members of staff were honoured for giving 25 years service at College Fields. All six joined the home in the first year it opened and one Jenny Morris actually worked the first day the home opened. In those days there were only 50 members so for six of these to be still in post is remarkable. They have seen a number of their colleagues retire over the years and one or two have sadly died.

Also recognised were those who this year achieved 10, 15 and 20 year landmark years of service. Many other members of staff  have received their awards in other years and they along with more recent members of staff supported their colleagues and joined in the celebrations.

Long service is one thing but to maintain such high standards of care does not happen without dedication. . Talking to a number of of them it was obvious that they thoroughly enjoyed their vocation.

The event was also marked by the attendance of so many leading representative from government, regulators, commissioners, voluntary organisations and professional colleagues. The awards to members of staff were presented by Sarah Rochira the Older Persons Commissioner for Wales who currently is undertaking a review of social care in care homes in Wales. Following her criticisms of some other homes in south east Wales to receive the plaudits that Sarah has made about her day at College Fields is even more significant.

Imelda Richardson, the chief inspector of the regulators of care in Wales, the Care and Social Services Inspectorate of Wales (CSSIW), also presented some awards detailed elsewhere and she was accompanied by Sue van Eijkern who is the south east Wales regional director of CSSIW. Jane Hutt, A.M., A former minister of health in Wales, Claire Curtis, Town Mayor was also present as was Vicky Lloyd a director of Age Cymru, Suzy from the My Home Life Cymru, local councillors, Steve Milson who until he retired last September 2013, was the head of  policy for the older persons directorate at the Welsh Assembly. Other local providers of nursing and residential homes were also present.

Long service awards to staff 2014

‘Inspired by staff at College Fields Nursing Home. Delighted to give long service awards to such dedicated staff today.’

Sarah Rochira, Older peoples’ Commissioner for Wales

 ‘It was a privilege to be there at your 25th anniversary for a great celebration of your excellent care for so many people setting such a high standard for the sector which has been widely and rightly recognised.’

Jane Hutt A.M. Minister of Finance Welsh Government.

‘Compassionate care needs a fantastic staff team. Such love and warmth at College Fields Nursing Home today. An honour to be there.’ Sarah Rochira, Older peoples’ Commissioner for Wales

Those receiving awards in 2014 were:

Awards for 25-year service were given to chef Sheila Dodd, deputy matron Ann Gore, Yvonne Hughes who has had a varied career including carer and head of laundry, and housekeepers Maria Everett, Julie Lewis and Jenny Morris, who worked the first shift on the very first day College Fields opened.

20 year awards were made to Lawrence Richards and Pam Foley

15 year awards made to Claire Swarts and Sian Kedward

10 year awards went to Simi Sebastian, Rhian Evans-Cooper, Chris Cosslet,  Tessy Thomas, Richard Tomeldon and Mary Tomeldon

What do you give to members of staff who have given their heart and soul to caring for people for 25 years?

Answer: A personalised, individually crafted piece of jewellery that embodies the ethos of their endeavours. Two hearts intertwined. Their heart and the hearts of the ones they have cared for over the years. This principle is embodied in the logo of College fields here shown on the right.

The mortarboard symbolises the ongoing learning that the home encourages and the fact that the home formerly was a teachers training college. Each piece of jewellery has been personalised with the recipients name and commissioned from Molly Ginnelly Jewellery