28 July 2017

Newcross Nurse Kay Davies Scoops National Award

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Kay Davies wins prestigious national award

Kay Davies, a Newcross nurse who works for our Shrewsbury and Chester branches, has won a prestigious national award. Kay is one of four directors of SAND; a group that works to provide better services for older lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in Shropshire.

SAND - Safe Ageing No Discrimination – has snapped up the Age UK Spirit of Age Equality & Diversity Award that is given to people or organisations that go above and beyond to help older people.

Eight members of the group received their trophy at a ceremony in London on June 28th.

SAND is currently working with Coverage Care, Shropshire’s leading independent care home provider, to produce new resources for staff to give them a better understanding of the issues facing older LGBT people who need nursing, residential or domiciliary care.

David Coull, Chief Executive said: “Health and social care providers need to think about people from the LGBT community who come to consider using or who are already receiving care services. Shropshire has no LGBT infrastructure so it would be hard for us to access the sort of information and expertise that SAND offers.

“SAND has opened our eyes to the very real concerns and issues which may face people from LGBT community as they approach later life, this award is richly deserved.”

SAND was formed by a group of interested individuals in 2013 and works with organisations to bring about change in their working practice, influences policy and builds the capacity of LGBT communities in Shropshire. It is the vision of a future where older and old Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans people in Shropshire are fully integrated into, included and accepted by a whole community which values their experiences, meets their needs and offers appropriate personalised care.

Kay Davies, Newcross nurse, pictured above with her award