Jayson hailed as a hero at social care Oscars
An inspirational care worker involved in the rehabilitation of people with mental health problems back into the community enjoyed a night in the limelight as one of the “heroes” of the profession.
Jayson Hughes, 49, from Tonypandy, was recognised for his hard-work and dedication to improving the lives of others with a silver award at the prestigious Wales Care Awards in Cardiff.
At a glittering ceremony at City Hall hosted by TV presenter Lucy Owen, he was presented with the prize for Excellence in Learning Disability and Mental Health Services, sponsored by Barchester Healthcare.
The annual event is held in association with Care Forum Wales and they’ve gone from strength to strength since it began more than a decade ago.
Jayson holds a senior position as a key work coordinator for Integra Community Living Options. He works at Ty Nant in Francis Street, Thomastown, a care home for a dozen adults with mental health needs.
The home has been praised for successfully supporting people to move on and live independently in the community.
It is his job to ensure key workers build good relationships with individuals and understand their needs.
Supported accommodation is provided for adults with the aim of getting them back into their own homes in the community.
Jayson, of River View, Tonypandy, said :”Since joining the care sector I haven’t looked back. It is such rewarding work, seeing people moving on and getting on with their lives.
“But it’s not just me here. The whole team have contributed.”
He’s been able to share his passion for fly-fishing with service users and the green-fingered among them have also enjoyed visiting his allotment.
Haydn Osborne, registered manager, said :”Jayson worked with one individual over the period of 18 months. When this gentleman came to us he had been in institutional care for the past 20 years. Understandably, he had very low confidence and self-esteem. This was often demonstrated by becoming aggressive and abusive towards staff.
“Jayson spent a great deal of time with this individual and managed to encourage him to undertake martial arts training. This was the key to him understanding the need to channel his aggression and feelings into something more positive.
“At the end of the 18 months he is now living in his own flat in the local community although he still comes back for Sunday lunch.
“Jayson also worked with another individual who refused to take part in any activities. We discovered this was because he was afraid of failing in front of other people. This individual expressed an interest in gardening.
“This was the motivation Jayson needed to rent an allotment for the client and encourage him to become involved. This client now is far more confident and we are all amazed and delighted at his progress.”
Mario Kreft, the Chair of Care Forum Wales, said there was a record number of nominations and the standard was extremely high.
He added: “There are only winners here tonight so it is only fitting that the finalists will receive a gold, silver or bronze Wales Care Award.
“I trust that they will continue to inspire those around them as role models and encourage others to aspire to even greater heights in the months and years to come.
“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.
“We take our hats off to them.”