Beudygwyn Farm is a residential service located in the rural Anglesey countryside, three miles from Cemaes Bay village and harbour, in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Shelley Williams recently started as Home Manager at Beudygwyn Farm, and has enjoyed a career in the health and social care sector for 29 years. Shelley shared her experience of her career progression: “I originally chose to go into the care sector because I have a caring and compassionate nature, and working within tis setting felt like a natural calling for me.”
She continues: “I began my career as a Care Assistant within a care home for older adults and then progressed into management roles through internal promotional opportunities. In addition to my workplace development, I have been fortunate enough to obtain my Business & HR degree which allowed me to undertake management roles. I’m highly motivated by continuous learning and development and have been able to obtain my Health & Social Services Award.”
People living at Beudygwyn Farm are supported to participate in activities that promote increased independence. These include budgeting, cooking, gardening, animal husbandry, site and car maintenance, educational skills and sensory engagement.
Shelley told us, “I’m proud of how I’ve enabled and empowered people we support to regain their power and control over their lives. This includes helping them to actively participate in the daily running of the service, and involving them in training and recruitment. I also enjoy seeing people we support move on to lesser supported models of support, through our enabling approach.”
Shelley explained that the best thing about her job is that every day is different, and that she enjoys the fast paced, ever-changing role and environment. She also loves meeting people from various backgrounds, who have different life stories. She said, “Knowing people’s backgrounds enables us to provide real person-centred approach, and provide a service truly tailored to meet and exceed individual expectations with SMART aims and objectives being identified, and achieved.”
We asked Shelley what inspires her to keep going. She told us, “Making a positive difference to the quality of lives, and achieving person-centred outcomes is my key motivation. And seeing a smile from people we support!
“We’ve recently been inspected by NHS, CHC, CIW as well as internal partners, and feedback has been extremely positive. People we support have conveyed that they’re happy with support they receive, and professionals have stated that both myself and the team here at Beudygwyn are very proactive. We’ve also received feedback stating that we have gone above and beyond for people we support, which is simply what we do here.”
Shelley also shared examples of how Beudygywn Farm reflects Achieve together’s values: “Our service and team are very proactive, and support and approach the service delivery with a fun, can-do attitude. At Beudygwyn we are not risk adverse – we find brave solutions rather than focusing on the barriers we face – to ensure the people’s values and beliefs are realised.”
Outside of work, Shelley shared that she is a keen amateur photographer, who loves spending time with friends and family. She is busy exploring her new environment, as she has recently relocated to Anglesey.
Shelley also told us about her mission for the future: “My aspirations for the service and team is to make sure that people we support have happy, safe homes. And that their lives are filled with meaningful activities which provide them with a feeling of self-worth, and inclusion within their community. I also plan to continue to develop our team and service we provide.
“Our service is firmly on the pathway towards an ‘Outstanding’ rating, given our recent audits, inspections and feedback. Our aim is to hold Outstanding recognition for quality of service delivery – this is what we as a team strive for, and what we believe the people we support deserve no less than. Our aim moving forwards is to see our service become a flagship for other services to aspire to, and replicate our effective practices.”
Beudygwyn Farm provides 24-hour support for people aged 18+ with moderate learning disabilities, mental health needs, behaviours that may challenge, autism spectrum disorders, physical disabilities and acquired brain injuries.
The team at Beudygwyn Farm are passionate about encouraging the people we support to live an independent life, by empowering them to make their own choices and live the life they choose.