A Torfaen Carer Support worker won an award for the support she provided to carers during the last 15 months.
Care Stars is a Social Care Wales initiative and shines a light on social care and early years workers who made a positive difference to people’s lives during the pandemic.
Louise Hook was up against 120 care staff from across Wales. She was whittled down to the final 12 winners and picked up the Care Star award for ‘social care support for adults’.
Working at the council for the past three years, Louise helps carers in the local area access groups and services, and provides emotional support.
She said: “I feel completely overwhelmed to have received this award. I genuinely love the work I do and have a genuine passion for helping others. To be recognised at a national level is simply amazing.”
Louise was involved in creating a wildflower garden in a local park to celebrate carers in Torfaen. She is about to help set up a carer’s hub at Ty Glas Y Dorlan, a new development being built on the site of the former Ruby’s Bar pub in Thornhill, Cwmbran.
‘Shoot for the stars’
Torfaen executive member for adult social care and housing, Councillor David Daniels said: “It’s well known that Louise often tells her colleagues to ‘shoot for the stars’, and this is what she aspires to do each and every time she supports unseen carers across the borough.
“I’ve known Louise for a number of years now, starting when I met her as a Trustee on Torfaen Carers Centre. I’ve always known Louise to be an incredibly motivated, passionate, and – above all – a down-to-earth person, so it’s no surprise that this has been picked up on by others. She is exactly what you would hope for, working in care.
“It’s great to hear of the work Louise has been involved in over the past year, including the celebration of Torfaen Carers and the important, and often emotional, day-to-day phone calls. It’s a fantastic service and one Louise should be immensely proud of.”
Support for carers
To find out more about the support on offer for carers in Torfaen visit the council’s website or call 01495 762200.