Wednesday 26 October 2011

Keith Wins Oscar

Keith Jones (centre) with fellow award winners and BBC Wales Today presenter Lucy Owen (far left) and Health and Social Services Minister Lesley Griffiths AM (second left)

Congratulations to Hafal's Keith Jones who has won a Gold award at the prestigious Wales Care Awards 2011 - the "Oscars" of the caring world.

Keith, a widely-respected Practice Leader based in Bridgend, was presented with the "Promoting Fulfilled Lives" Award at a ceremony attended by Health and Social Services Minister Lesley Griffiths AM at City Hall, Cardiff on October 21st.

Keith was nominated for the award by a service user who has since moved from Hafal's halfway house in Bridgend to his own accommodation and said: "Everybody who has worked here and has lived here has enjoyed his company. He is fun to be with and is friendly and understanding." And Keith's colleagues, who are delighted at this richly-deserved recognition, all echo that view.

Keith, a native of Pyle, Bridgend, worked as a taxi driver for six years but an interest in the caring profession saw him switch to work with adults with learning disabilities and latterly with people recovering from serious mental illness. Keith says he derives great satisfaction from seeing service users achieve their goals.

Cool threads too, Keith...