Prince Llewellyn Farm – Values in Care, is a stone built detached 5-bedroom farmhouse, set on the edge of the Taff Trail in Quakers Yard. We are within easy access to major roads leading to Cardiff and Brecon Beacon amongst other places of interest.
Prince Llewellyn Farm is the centre of activity for the Horticultural Project. The grounds house the company’s Shetland Pony and goat as well as a host of chickens which give us a regular supply of free-range eggs.
I have worked in social care supporting individuals with Learning Disabilities and Autism for over 30 years working in various settings gaining valuable and transferrable skills. My philosophy is to provide person-centred care that embraces safe and meaningful care for the people we support, encouraging growth and opportunities, whilst having fun. I pride myself in leading a team that provides high-quality tailored support in a culturally healthy environment.
I joined Values in Care in March 2023, as Registered Manager for Prince Llewelyn Farm, the people we support are encouraged and supported to live an active and fulfilled life. Our relationship-centred care enables us to empower the people we support to explore new activities and create opportunities for themselves they may not have experienced previously.
I began working in Social Care sector since January 1996, this was soon after I finished my degree in BSc Behavioural sciences. I commenced employment as a support worker with a not-for-profit organisation working with adults with learning disabilities. This was during the time when Ely hospital in South Wales was in the process transitioning people from hospital to resettle in the community into supported living accommodation.
I continued my employment with the organisation, developing in my career with various roles across the organisation, working with different models of support including supported living, respite, community support and residential manager roles.
I have worked in senior management roles for the last 15 years mainly in operations and quality assurance. I have been a Registered Manager since 2014 with two providers in the last 27 years.
I am a trainer and been the organisational lead for person centred practise, ensuring that people supported live lives to their full potential and are encouraged to have greater choice and control. I feel passionate that people are at the forefront of their own support provision ensuring that the quality-of-service provision is exceptional.
I have recently joined Swanton Care, Values in Care as the Regional Director in August 2023 and look forward to working within this organisation to continue my career development supporting people and staff to reach their goals and aspirations.
I became a Chief Operating Officer in July 2022, prior to this I was Regional Director to Values in Care for 2 years. During my time in the social care sector, I have gained a wealth of experience, starting my career as a young Support Worker in 2003, progressing through roles such as Keyworker, Manager and Area Manager.
I have loved gaining qualifications along the way, including a Level 5 in Leadership and Management and an ILM Level 5 (The Institute of Leadership and Management), this has helped me to support the people in our care to have a better quality of life. I also have a keen interest in Positive Behavioural Support and am continuing my learning by undertaking a Diploma in this specialist area.
During my 19 years in the social care sector, I have always worked in complex homes for people with learning disabilities and autism, leading and directing teams to ensure we offer the best care possible to the people we support. Growing organically has ensured that I have great knowledge, experience and understanding in the care sector.
In my spare time I really enjoy horse riding, spending time with my family and pets.
At Prince Llewellyn Farm – Values in Care, we provide person centred support to those with autism, learning disabilities, and other complex needs including challenging behaviour. We pride ourselves on providing support that is encouraging and empowering, in an environment which places values on persons’ we support beliefs, choice and aspirations. The people we support are encouraged to develop skills, interests in areas such as money handling, social skills, cookery skills, woodwork but they are also offered opportunities to have new experiences that may not have been afforded previously.
Feedback from our recent CIW inspection was complimentary and read: “People can do things that matter to them. Support provided enables people to participate in activities of their choice, these include leisure pursuits as well as domestic tasks.”