Social care Olympic torchbearersPresentation Transcript
Image: LATCHSocial worker Kay Richmond has worked for Welsh childrens cancercharity LATCH for the last 16 years. Kay carried the Olympic flamethrough Barry, Wales on the 26th May.
Kay’s nomination story "Families who have had Kay as their social worker frequently say that they cannot imagine how they would have coped with their childs illness without her.” “Her commitment, enthusiasm and compassion set an example for all who work alongside her."Image: LATCH
Image: LATCH"Kay is a passionate advocate for the children and families with whomshe works. She is a tireless worker, who never runs out of energy and isalways thinking of ways to help."
Images: Shreswbury CollegeSarah Thomas, a health and social care student at Shrewsbury Collegeand a young carer, carried the flame through Shrewsbury on 30 May.
Sarah’s nomination story "From a young age Sarah has been a Young Carer, caring for both her parents but primarily for her Mum who has Multiple Sclerosis.” “Sarah has worked hard to draw attention to the needs of young carers, and in campaigning for the MS Society, and at the age of 12 posted a video on youtube highlighting the challenges young carers face.”Image: Richard Bishop forShrewsbury College
Image: Ben Birchall/LOCOG/Press Association ImageFormer social worker Ian Sherriff, now a board member of the Alzheimers society andlecturer at Plymouth University, carried the flame through Plymouth on 20 May.
Ian’s nomination story “Ian Sherriff is truly inspirational, with incredible energy, enthusiasm and dedication to help others in the Plymouth community.” “The breadth of his voluntary work ranges from coach, manager and vice chair of a local junior football team - to being a national board member of the Alzheimers Society and Chair of the South West forum for dementia.”Image: Ben Birchall/LOCOG/Press Association Image
“Previously Ian set up amajor sustainable socialwork programme inRomania and Moldova andwas named a DevonVolunteer of the Year.“His varied career has alsofeatured public service for25 years in the Fleet AirArm, where he bothparticipated in and trainedthe field gun crew for theRoyal Tournament, and 17years in local governmentsocial work.”
Image: Gareth Fuller/LOCOG/Press Association ImagesAngelsey social worker Sean McClearn carried the flame through Bangoron 28 May.
Sean’s nomination story “This man is a true unsung hero.” “As a social worker in Anglesey he works tirelessly to improve the lives of teenagers both within and leaving the care system.” “He has often been the lone voice that questions decisions that he thinks are not in a childs best interests.” “He has been many a teenagers friend and counsellor but is also not afraid to instill boundaries. He has overcome his own personal difficulties to do so.” “He makes difficult decisions on a daily basis, supports colleagues and is the mainstay of his team.”Image: Gareth Fuller/LOCOG/Press Association Images
Image: Danny Lawson/LOCOG/Press Association ImagesSocial care student Allannah McCready, who was born with a complex congenitalcondition, carried the torch through Kilmacomb, Scotland, on 8 June.
Allannah’s nomination story “My daughter Allannah, 21, is an absolute inspiration. Born with a complex congenital condition & very poor prognosis she has battled the odds.” “She has worked continuously and is now returning to college to study social care in order to support other young adults with disabilities because she understands the challenges they face and wants to support them.” “She is partially sighted, has problems with her hearing, is weak down her left side, hydrocephalus and epilepsy. She doesnt let any of this stop her and always adopts a smile regardless of how she is feeling inside.”Image: Danny Lawson/LOCOG/Press Association Images
Image: Ben Birchall/LOCOG/Press Association ImagesSocial care worker Jeffrey Cowland, who works with adults who have special needs,carried the torch through Bryncethin on 26 May.
Jeffrey’s nomination story “Jeff works as a social care worker with adults with special needs. He setup a Horticultural Group within his day centre where 22 male adults in his care grow thousands of plants and make hundreds of hanging baskets for distribution throughout the local area.” “He is president of an evening club providing social time for people with special needs. He is also a member of the Rhondda Polar Bears swimming club which is a swimming club for people of all disabilities.” “He also provides vital care to his elderly parents and his father also has Alzheimer`s Disease which is quite challenging.”Image:Ben Birchall/LOCOG/Press Association Images
Social worker Helen Sansom will carry theflame through Hamworthy on 13 July 2012 Helen’s nomination story “Two years ago Helen nursed her Nan through cancer whilst studying for her social work degree.” “Working/studying/caring for long hours whilst all the time being a good friend to many. Then when she had successfully become a social worker-a job she loves-her younger brother Michael 18 got diagnosed with Leukaemia.” “Helen and all her family were devastated. But it just made her more determined to care. She stayed by her brothers bed side all her free time whilst continuing to make a difference at work. Michael is now out of hospital and responding well to treatment.”
Sue Fearnley, a social work Sue’s nomination storystudent at Lancaster “Sue is a 25 year old student socialUniversity, will carry the flame worker in her second year of study. Ithrough Preston on 23 June believe that she in an inspiration to us all because of the time and dedication she has donated to organising and managing a homeless shelter in Lancaster.” “Sue sleeps over at the night shelter 5 nights a week, whilst working during the day for a family support service, helping children and families who are in need of additional support - as well as studying for a degree to achieve her dream of becoming a social worker.” “She has saved lives through the early identification of strokes, overdoses and the fast thinking when dealing with people who self harm.”
Ian Moseley, a social worker Ian’s nomination storywho founded the Millers home “Ian ,a truly inspirational man,for children, will carry the throughout his life has cared forflame through Workington on others and achieved amazing feats.”June 21 “First voluntary work age 14. For 16 years – Samaritan volunteer. He was a resident social worker 1987 to 1996 when he founded the Millers home for children - a wonderful organisation dedicated to caring for vulnerable/abused children.” “Over 3000 children have been in Ians compassionate care. His most recent mission - to establish friendship/mutual support links between Childrens Homes on every continent with Millers UK at the centre.”