It goes without saying that children and young people are more likely to grow and thrive, both physically and emotionally, in a family environment and every report and study of residential children's homes tells us that small is best. Our homes reflect this- ordinary detached family homes where 3 children can live in a safe, warm, welcoming, clean, comfortable, nurturing and accepting environment. They sit in small communities close to schools, clubs, amenities, parks, the seaside and other areas and resources that appeal to children of all ages.
Each child has their own room, decorated in the colours and style they choose and furnished with their individual tastes and preferences in mind- this is their home after all.The rest of the home is as you would expect any nice home to be- comfortable lounges, shared kitchen and dining rooms, modern colours and soft furnishings and clean all over. Pleasant and spacious gardens offer opportunities to play and to relax.
Meet The Managers:
My name is Gareth, I am from Newport South Wales and I'm the Manager at Ynys Y Bwt near Bridgend.
I completed my GCSE's before doing a Youth and Community Foundation degree at the University of Wales Newport After completing this I did a 1 year voluntary placement in Youth work for the local community as well as working with Princes trust. I became a Residential Care Worker in 2008 and have never looked back!
In 2010 I came to work for Genus Care as a Care worker and, in January 2014, I became the Registered Manager at Ynys-y-Bwt. My hobbies include Golf and Cycling which I try and do most weekends. I enjoy going to the cinema, watching most sports and socialising with friends.
My name is Mark and I am the Registered Manager of Station Cottage, near Neath. Myself and Gareth Hemming set up Genus Care in 2010 and I have been lucky enough to have spent time working in all of our children's homes. I have worked in the care environment for over 20 years with 11 of them specifically in children's homes. I have been a Registered Manager for the past 6 years.
I have NVQ level 3 in Caring for Children, NVQ level 4's in Care as well as Management and have recently completed my QCF Assessors Award.
My main interests are anything to do with sport (watching and playing). I still try and play football when my legs can take it and play cricket in the summer. I am also trying my hand at golf when I have time. I have lived in Pembrokeshire for most of my life and am still there with my wife and two sons.
Hi my name is Chris and I am the Registered Manager at Knowle House in Swansea and I have been with Genus Care since we first started in 2010. I started my working career as an apprentice carpenter but then discovered the care industry. I've had many roles over the years but when Mark and Gareth decided to open their own company I moved with them as I felt this was where my career needed to go and this was a great chance for me to work with a company from the start.
I have and NVQ Level 2 in Health Care, NVQ Level 3 in Childcare and a Level 5 QCF Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People's services. I've also attended numerous courses thorough my time in this line of work.
My hobbies include Karate in which I have represented Wales when I was (much) younger. I have played pool for Wales and I also enjoy Football and Golf, although I'm not much good at either. I still enjoy doing activities and having fun with the children and staff when I can and love my job as I feel there is nothing better than seeing the how the children are when they first come to us to how they grow as individuals and show their true potential.
With the help of a local charity called Every Link Counts we made DVD’s of each home which we give to all young people before they move in (it may answer a few of their questions and might put them at ease a bit). Here are a few outtakes…..
What you won't find in our homes is threadbare carpet, tatty curtains, locked doors excluding children from their own home and a general absence of child-related stuff. Our homes are places we'd all be happy to live, learn and grow in.