A specialist mental health facility in Tredegar has commemorated its 25th anniversary with a special celebration attended by residents, staff, friends, family members of residents and local councillors.
Residents and staff at Maes-y-Dderwen were joined by the Mayor of Tredegar, Geraint Meredith, the Mayor of Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council, Derrick Bevan, and three other councillors to celebrate the milestone for the specialist care home that first opened its doors in 1991.
Among the 40 staff was support nurse, Angela Holland, who has worked at Maes-y-Dderwen for 25 years and was recently presented with a ‘Longest Service Award’ certificate by Jeremy Nixey, chief executive of Shaw healthcare, at the company’s national staff awards presentation.
The celebrations included a buffet lunch and cake, with Shaw healthcare chairman, Alun Thomas, presenting a plaque to the home’s manager, Nick Stevens.
Mr Stevens, said: “All of our staff members work tirelessly to ensure that residents feel at home, and our longest-standing member of staff, Angela, is a shining example of the dedication of our workforce. I’d like to thank everyone who attended and for making our anniversary so special.”
Alun Thomas, chairman of Shaw healthcare, said: “It was fantastic to see so many members of the council, as well as family and friends, join staff and residents to celebrate this special day. It reinforced to us that the home continues to play a big part in the Tredegar and Blaenau Gwent communities.
“People with mental health diagnoses require specialist individual and personalised care that balances allowing them to maintain as much independence as possible with ensuring that they are treated with dignity and respect. Maes-y-Dderwen has done this successfully for 25 years and it was a great honour to commemorate this achievement.”
Angela Holland, support nurse at Maes-y-Dderwen, said: “The most rewarding part of my job is the interaction I have with residents and the best part of my day is being able to chat to them over a cup of tea. My job is to ultimately support residents in their transition to living as independently as possible – it is so fulfilling to see how much they can achieve with help and encouragement.
“I was really touched to be honoured with an award for my services and look forward to many more happy years with Shaw healthcare.”
Maes-y-Dderwen is one of over 80 sites operated by Shaw healthcare across the UK, and provides support and respite for those suffering from mental health issues. This includes projects with the local community, to provide social interaction and educational opportunities for residents. The home consists of 24 rooms as well as communal and garden areas for the residents.