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:
Hi, my name is Leanne. I am the registered Manager at Ynys Y Bwt which is in Blackmill, Bridgend.
I studied Childhood and Youth in University of Glamorgan and from there I started my career in residential child care at Genus Care.
Knowle House in Swansea is where I started my journey in March of 2012 and where I gained my Level 3 QCF in Health & Social Care (Children & Young People). I continued my learning while at Knowle House, studying and gaining my QCF Level 5 certificate in Leadership & Management in Health and Social Care and TAQA Certificate which means I can assess other learners doing their Level 3 certificate. I was made Assistant Manager at Knowle House and I stayed there until I had my little girl in 2015.
On return from maternity leave I started my new role as Manager at Ynys Y Bwt.
My main interests are spending time with my family and friends, walking my dogs (Poppy and Maui) and the occasional visit to the gym.
Hi my name is Kyle and I am the Registered Manager at Station Cottage which isn’t far from Port Talbot. I have worked in care for over 10 years and with Genus care for 4.Before I worked in care I worked in play schemes and youth clubs and also done some window fitting. I’ve worked with Gareth and mark for many years and the reason why I joined them at Genus Care is that they would do anything they can to help me and I would do the same for them. I love working at Station cottage it really is like my second home.
I have a 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 Rugby in which I have represented Wales when I was younger, Golf and going to the gym which you could never tell. I also like spending time with my little girl who keeps me busy. I still enjoy doing activities and having fun with the children and staff when I can and love my job as I love the feeling of young people achieving things they thought they would never achieve.
Hi my name is Rhodri. I am the registered manager at Ninian House based Cardiff. I am a fluent welsh speaker attending Ysgol Gufun Llanhari for my secondary education and later studied at University of Wales Institute Cardiff.
I began working in the residential care setting in 2010 with my previous employer. There I gained my QCF level 3 in Health & social care children & young people. I moved to Genus care in the March of 2012 when we opened Knowle House in Swansea. I worked there for 17 months before moving and help open Station Cottage in the august of 2013. There I completed my QCF level 5 certificates in Leadership for health and social care (children and young people residential management) and Advanced practice for children and young people. I worked there until November 2015 before starting work at Ninian House where I am now the manager.
My main interests are based around sport, playing or watching. I am a keen golfer but unfortunately I do not get to play as much as I would like due to having a young boy and girl. I play rugby for a local team in Maesteg and have a huge love for the sport. I very much love the town and country where I live and will visit new places on any given opportunity.
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 Skirris View near Abergavenny. 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 over 10 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 company called Rediscover Media 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.