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Chippenham care home owner is honoured with award
Care home owner Leslie Williams, who at the age of 71 is older than some of his guests, has been awarded for his outstanding contribution to social care.
Mr Williams is one of three generations of the Williams family to live and work at The Old Vicarage care home in St Mary Street, Chippenham, which he has run with his wife Yvonne for 23 years.
He has held the role of deputy chairman and then chairman of the Wiltshire Care Association for 20 years.
The association was formed by care home owners in 1984 to set and maintain standards of care and accommodation in their homes.
Mr Williams was given the Wiltshire Council award jointly with Mary Grist, a volunteer at Southfield Day Centre, in Devizes, at the fourth Wiltshire Adult Social Care Awards ceremony in County Hall, Trowbridge, a week ago on Tuesday.
Corporate director Maggie Rae said: “These awards are about recognising and thanking the many individuals and teams for their hard work and commitment, who make a real difference to some of our most vulnerable members of the community.”
Mr Williams said: “I was quite gobsmacked. I just love my job, living in a home where there are loads of people. I’ve three people in here now that are younger than me. I live on the top floor of the home and my grandson and daughter are in the converted cellar; why would I ever want to move?”
His daughter, Cheryl Williams, is manager of The Old Vicarage and lives in the basement with her five-year-old son Owen and partner Pat Rogers, who helps with maintenance at the home. Mr Williams’s 16-year-old grandson, Matthew, who lives in Monkton Park, helps out in the kitchen on Saturdays.
Mr Williams is also on the board of Wiltshire and Swindon Care Skills Partnership, set up six years ago, which deals with the training budget for the care sector.
He said: “Five years ago less than a third of care providers in Wiltshire benefited from the available funding to train their staff. Now, Wiltshire is in the top five of the country for national funding.”
Tracey Stokes, of First City Nursing Services (Chippenham), was a runner-up in the learner of the year award.
Other runners-up were Wiltshire Medical Services Access to Care Telecare Service (Chippenham) for the dignity in care award, and First City Nursing Services (Swindon and Chippenham) for the care employer award.
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