This week I would like to congratulate one of our exceptional support workers in Wales, Georgie Symonds. Not only was Georgie nominated and short listed for the support worker of the year award at the Learning Disability awards she won it!
This is Georgie’s story.
In 2014 Georgie went to Africa as a volunteer, she built houses for children and for people who were homeless. This is when she became inspired and realised she wanted to do more, to make a difference to people’s lives.
When Georgie saw the advert for support staff required at The Cedars, PMLD residential service back in January 2016 she knew this was her chance to make a difference. She was a bit apprehensive at the start, as she’d no prior experience in the care sector.
Since joining the team at The Cedars she has come along in leaps and bounds. The quality of the care she offers to the ladies she supports is impeccable. Alongside caring she is always looking for ways to better herself and always grabs whatever opportunity that comes her way. She has already completed the PMLD course and is currently doing the postural management course.
Her manager has said what amazing support she has been to the service and the staff over the last year, as the service had faced some challenges. Georgie has stepped up on many occasions to help the new manager. Completing support plans, risk assessments and H & S monitoring systems. She has taken on the role of temporary practice lead and has started attending management courses to deepen her knowledge further.
Recently, one young lady became terminally ill and slipped into a coma for her last few weeks. Georgie visited her every day, she spoke to her, painted her nails and played her favourite music. Georgie didn’t want her to be alone. After the lady passed away Georgie with the help of another support worker organised a memorial day for her family and had a rainbow made for the garden. The feedback received from the family was very heart warming.
This was why she was nominated by her manager for the Learning Disability awards, it was felt she needed recognition for all her hard work and determination. She’s been doing a fantastic job and really deserved the award. We are all very proud of her here at CMG, and hope she continues to blossom. Congratulations Georgie!
I will leave you all with a quote from her.
Georgie Symmons, Support Worker at The Cedars
“Every day is a good day at my job, I love to see the ladies I support happy and smiling’
“When I found out I had been shortlisted, I was so shocked and hadn’t even realised I’d been nominated. The awards night was really fun, I’d never been to anything like that before and still can’t believe I won”