A social care worker at a Caerphilly-based disability centre has won a Wales Care Award.
Jordan Probert, 32, from Maesycwmmer, works at TouchBase Cymru, which is based on Caerphilly Business Park and operated by charity Sense Cymru.
Mr Probert has worked in social care for 12 years, currently working as a specialist intervenor and team leader at the centre.
The awards ceremony, which was organised by Care Forum Wales, was held at Cardiff City Hall on Friday, October 18.
Wynne Evans, known for playing the ‘GoCompare man’, hosted the ceremony.
Mr Probert said: “I feel very proud. I’m not one to sing my own praises and I haven’t got the gift of the gab. For me, it’s all about being person-centred and always putting people first.
“Initially I wanted to be a fireman. I fell straight into a job but I’ve never regretted it since.
“The guys I support wouldn’t have the opportunities they get without people like us.
“I feel like I’m making a difference every day.”
He added: “I was really surprised to be nominated. It’s not something I would put myself forward for, for me this is a way of life, it’s not a job.”
TouchBase Cymru manager Kate Wright, who nominated Mr Probert and collected the award on his behalf, said: ” Jordan has been recognised for his hard work and dedication because he always goes above and beyond for the needs of our service users.
“His motto ‘always a pleasure, never a chore’ is very true to the way he works day in day out.”
Mr Probert attended Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni and studied children’s care and learning development at Ystrad Mynach College, before beginning his career as a teaching assistant at Trinity Fields School in Ystrad Mynach.
After six years at Trinity Fields, where he worked with children with learning difficulties, he completed a multi-sensory intervenor course and began supporting a deafblind child before being introduced to Sense.