A woman from Llantwit Major who reaped major success after swapping life as a farmer’s wife to go into the care sector has struck gold in major national awards.
Jane Davies left the farm 18 years ago to join All Care South Wales Ltd as a care worker because the job gave her more flexibility to bring up her young family.
She is now Deputy Care Manager helping guide over 100 staff who provide home care for 90 service users across the Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff.
It is this dedication and commitment to her role that saw 57-year-old Jane strike gold in the Leadership and Management in Supported Living Award, sponsored by the Silvercrest Group at the 2018 Onyx Healthcare Wales Care Awards at City Hall in Cardiff.
Originally from Hatfield in Hertfordshire, she married a farmer from the Vale of Glamorgan and moved to the area and in 2000 started a new career as a care worker with All Care South Wales Ltd in Barry.
Jane, who has four grown-up children and one granddaughter, said: “For me community care is an absolute passion and a way of life and I am very honoured to have been shortlisted for the Wales Care Awards. I’ve been to the awards for the past five years and seen some inspirational people going up to receive their awards and I’m now privileged to be amongst them.”
She was chosen to lead a special project called Your Choice, providing outcome focused care to clients in conjunction with social services, which began as a pilot project in 2016-2017 and has now been rolled out across the whole area.
Of her golden evening at the awards Jane, whose partner Howard Winstone is a musician with a local band, said: “It was absolutely unbelievable and I am so honoured to have won this award.
“I was awestruck by the entire night and it was amazing to be part of something which gave so much recognition to the unsung heroes of the care sector.
“It was also good to be able to get together with people who are doing such a fantastic job out there.”
Mario Kreft, the Chair of Care Forum Wales, said: “This awards ceremony is our opportunity to pay tribute and to celebrate the talent and commitment that is improving the quality of life for thousands and thousands of people throughout Wales.”