A member of the team at a from a Powys care home has been recognised at the 2023 Great British Care Awards.

Cheryl Morris, an activities coordinator for the Oaks Care Home, in Newtown, scooped The Care Home Activity Co-ordinator Award for Wales award on November 15 at the Cardiff Marriott Hotel.

The Great British Care Awards recognise achievements in the care sector in 21 different categories. Having won an award for Wales, Ms Morris has now been entered into the national finals on March 22 next year at the ICC in Birmingham.

Judges at the Wales awards said: “Cheryl’s artistic flair is evident and she clearly brings joy to all those involved.”

She had a background in finance prior to joining the care sector. She became her father’s carer after his diagnosis with dementia. When he passed away in 2022, Cheryl channelled her caregiving experience into becoming an activities coordinator at The Oaks.


She said: “It was lovely of Jen Roberts to nominate me for the award. I’ve had an incredible year working at The Oaks and we’re a great team – from the staff to family and friends, individuals in the community, community groups, and organisations and local businesses who support us.

“But the real stars of the show are our wonderful residents.”

Samantha Holt, Head Chef at The Oaks Care Home, was a finalist for the Ancillary Worker Award in the same awards, having worked closely with residents to identify dietary needs and deal with special requests for birthdays and anniversaries.

Jen Roberts, Registered Manager of The Oaks Care Home, said: “Cheryl joined our team at the beginning of 2023 and has not only identified what is important to all our residents and their families, but also provided a really great calendar of activities that include trips out on the bus, local walks and events for residents unable to join in with communal group events.

“Cheryl is also able to sing, play guitar and the piano, and is an artist in her own right. She is an asset to our team and all the residents at The Oaks and she really deserves this award.”