We have been chosen as the 2014 Living Wage Champions for Wales!

 The Living Wage is an hourly rate that is set independently and reflects the basic cost of living in the UK. It is currently set at £7.65 per hour - £1.34 above the UK government's Minimum Wage - and has been adopted by 1,000 employers in the UK.

Founded ten years ago by Delan and Sheena Umanee, Care in Hand - which operates throughout Pembrokeshire from Wooden, near Saundersfoot and Pembroke Dock - is the only care provider in Wales to be an accredited Living Wage employer.

The Living Wage Foundation, which co-ordinated the awards, is now hoping that others in the sector will follow the trail blazed by Care in Hand.

The foundation’s director Rhys Moore, said that the company was ‘leading the way in Wales‘ and thanked them for celebrating the Living Wage.

He added: "The leadership of responsible employers is making a real difference to families and communities across the UK.”

Delan Umanee, managing director of Care in Hand commented: ‘‘It is ten years since Sheena and I founded Care in Hand and the company has grown remarkably in this time - now employing almost 200 people in the county. Choosing to pay the Living Wage to our staff recognises that their skills and hard work are key to this success. The national champion award is a wonderful way to mark our tenth anniversary year.”

The importance of the Living Wage to carers was confirmed by Allison Saunders, Care in Hand’s care coordinator.

She said: ‘‘At Care in Hand, we believe that every client deserves nothing less than excellent service provision. The Living Wage gives us the opportunity to show our gratitude to our staff for the provision of such high standards. They also appreciate the extra money in their pay and it makes them feel valued for the hard work they do."