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Third sector winners announced

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THE WINNERS of Wales Council for Voluntary Action’s (WCVA) prestigious Third Sector Awards Cymru 2014 were announced last night at a gala dinner

Ethnic Youth Support Team: Winners of the Award for the most admired organisation, posing with host Jason Mohammad

Ethnic Youth Support Team: Winners of the Award for the most admired
organisation, posing with host Jason Mohammad

hosted by BBC Wales presenter Jason Mohammad at the Marriott Hotel, Cardiff.

Run by WCVA and supported by voluntary sector services specialist Class Telecommunications, the awards had a shortlist of 19 groups from across the country.

WCVA Chief Executive Ruth Marks said the quality of work of the organisations nominated for awards continued to impress year on year: “The creativity and dedication of these groups never ceases to amaze our judges,” she added.

“The strength and breadth of the nominated organisations is testament to a vibrant third sector. The awards are a way to applaud and to give something back to the groups that make such a hugely positive impact on communities and individuals across Wales.”

Jonathan Levy, Chief Operating Officer with Class Telecommunications said: “Class is very proud to be supporting the Third Sector Awards Cymru for the seventh consecutive year. Each year, we are both humbled and inspired by the work of all the nominated organisations. This year was no exception.”

List of Third Sector Awards Cymru 2014 winners and runners-up

The Class award for best communications – for groups with effective or innovative ways of communicating their message to service users and volunteers.

WINNERS

Communities 2.0, a Welsh Government and European-funded programme aimed at promoting the benefits of being online and reducing digital exclusion.

Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends is a communications initiative with the aim of helping people with dementia feel included in their local communities.

RUNNERS-UP

Calan DVS one of South Wales’s leading domestic abuse support organisations.

WWF Cymru’s Welsh Wish\ Dymuniad Cymru is a campaign run by the Welsh arm of the world’s largest environmental network.

The environmental award – for organisations that have helped deliver environmental benefits for their communities.

WINNER

FareShare Cymru, which takes edible surplus food from the food industry and redistributes it, working with charities and community organisations across South East Wales.

RUNNERS-UP

Cardiff YMCA Housing Association’s Prefab Clothing, which trains homeless people to learn skills to help them find paid employment.

Draig Tex, based in Llandudno Junction, Conwy, a consortium of three North Wales social enterprises which exports surplus clothing from the third sector to Pakistan, East Africa, West Africa and Eastern Europe and works to keep the value of textiles in Wales, to benefit Welsh communities.

The health, social care and wellbeing award – for groups that have helped people ‘to be happier and healthier in their communities’.

WINNER

Gofal y Ddolen Community Support Service is run by The Red Cross Gofal service and developed with Denbighshire Social Services. Now, the service has been rolled out across most of Wales, supporting older people to cope and deal with the challenges of ageing.

RUNNERS-UP

The Ash Wales Filter Project (the Young Person’s Quit Smoking Project for Wales) is the only smoking cessation and prevention service in the country targeted solely at young people aged 11-25.

Neuro Therapy Centre, Saltney, Flintshire, which supports more than 400 people with conditions including MS, Parkinson’s, MND and ME.

Spice, a social enterprise that helps organisations to develop Time Credit systems. Founded in 2009 in the Rhondda Valley, it now operates across the UK with its main office in Cardiff.

The award for good governance – to recognise those groups whose trustees ensure their organisation is well run and exemplar.

WINNER

Calan DVS one of South Wales’s leading domestic abuse support organisations.

RUNNERS-UP

NewLink Wales, which was established to address skills deficits across the substance misuse sector in Wales and boost the capacity of treatment services by providing and training volunteers.

Tai Pawb (housing for all), a charity promoting equality and social justice in housing through a membership system open to local authorities, registered social landlords, third sector organisations, contractors and individuals.

The award for innovative fundraising – for organisations that have run campaigns or events demonstrating creativity and innovation in fundraising.

WINNER

Merthyr Tydfil Housing Association Youth Group was set up to help Merthyr Housing reach its goal of raising the aspirations and life experiences of its young people through education and fundraising.

RUNNERS-UP

Inner Wheel District 15 is part of the largest women’s organisation in the world. The District has 31 clubs across West and South Wales, and in 2013 – 2014 raised more than £30,000 for charities.

Xcel Project– Towy Community Church in Johnstown, Carmarthen – the only charity-run bowling alley in the UK. Proceeds are invested back into the community through a foodbank and a recycled furniture project.

Award for the most admired organisation – for organisations most respected for their inspirational work and the causes they represent.

WINNER

Swansea-based Ethnic Youth Support Team (EYST), which was set up in 2005 by a group of ethnic minority young people to fill a gap in provision for young BME people aged 11 to 25 by providing a culturally sensitive and holistic support service to meet their needs.

RUNNERS-UP

Taking Flight Theatre Company was founded to promote complete inclusivity for disabled actors.

Time to Change Wales, the first national campaign to address the stigma and discrimination faced by people with mental health problems.

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Pembrokeshire RNLI crew member completes seven marathons in seven days

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BYRON GREY, 21, an RNLI volunteer at Little and Broad Haven has run 186 miles across the Pembrokeshire coast, raising nearly £5,000, to be shared between the lifesaving charity and a local mental health charity.

The fitness fanatic joined the RNLI crew at the age of 17, following in the footsteps of mum Vivienne Grey, launch authority at the station and dad Andy, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Little and Broad Haven.

He was keen to challenge himself to run the extra mile during lockdown and decide to use his efforts to support two of his favourite charities.

Byron, an apprentice at Valero trained hard to complete the gruelling challenge running from Amroth to Poppit, which he completed on Easter Monday. He said:

‘Though lockdown I got into fitness, running especially and wanted to test what I am capable of. So I came up with the idea of running the Pembrokeshire coast path in seven days and decided to raise money for two charities close to my heart.’

To donate to Byron’s challenge please visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/byrons-pembrokeshire-coast-path-challenge?member=7740034&sharetype=teams&utm_campaign=p_na+share-sheet&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer

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Crymych Library now offering order and collect service

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PEMBROKESHIRE Libraries has extended its popular Order and Collect service to Crymych Library.

Located at Ysgol y Preseli, the library becomes the latest in the county to operate the service, which is already available at libraries in Fishguard, Haverfordwest, Milford Haven, Narberth, Newport, Neyland, Pembroke, Pembroke Dock, Saundersfoot and Tenby.

On weekdays, orders can be placed online via the Order and Collect form at pembrokeshire.gov.uk/libraries-reopening, by e-mailing george.edwards@pembrokeshire.gov.uk and copying in bibs@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, or over the phone by calling 01437 776126.

On Saturdays, orders can be placed by e-mailing crymychlibrary@pembrokeshire.gov.uk, or over the phone by calling the library on 01239 832092.

Library members can select up to a maximum of six items, and can either ask for a pre-selected collection such as romance or thrillers, or select specific titles from the online catalogue that are located at Crymych Library.

To access the online catalogue, log on to pembrokeshire.gov.uk/libraries-and-culture, and select ‘Find Library Books’.

When placing an order, members can also specify their preferred format, such as Spoken Word, Large Print or items in the Welsh Language.

On submitting an order, members will be allocated a timeslot on Saturdays between 10am and 1pm to collect their items.

Library members should be aware of the following guidelines when using the Order and Collect service:

·         The service is for collection only – you will only be allowed to collect your chosen items and will be required to wear a face covering.

·         Queue only if you have an appointment to use the service.

·         Aim to arrive no more than 10 minutes before your allocated timeslot.

·         If you wish to order books but are unable to collect the items yourself, a friend or family member can do so by prior arrangement.

·         You will need to provide your own bag/box when collecting your items.

·         2 metre social distancing must be observed during the collection process.

·         Do not use the Order and Collect service if you or a member of your family is displaying COVID-19 symptoms.

Cllr Paul Miller, Cabinet Member for Economy, Tourism, Leisure and Culture, said “I am delighted that we are now in a position to add Crymych to our list of libraries who are offering the Order and Collect service.

“We continue to work hard behind the scenes towards our ultimate goal of reopening all libraries across the county, when it is safe to do so, and we will announce further developments in due course.”

Library members can also continue to enjoy free access to thousands of e-books, e-audio books, e-magazines and e-comics from home via the 24/7 e-Library.

To access the 24/7 e-Library, log on pembrokeshire.gov.uk/libraries-and-culture, and select ‘24/7 e-Library’.

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Ambitious community project to capture untold stories from across Pembrokeshire

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MILFORD HAVEN’S Torch Theatre is launching ‘The Pembrokeshire Story’, an exciting new community project that aims to connect people across generations in celebrating the Pembrokeshire spirit.

We all love a good story, but they are especially good if they throw light on the place that we are from. The Pembrokeshire Story is trying to bring local artists and our community together by mapping the county through everyday stories told by the people who live here. A story might be something as simple as how life has changed over the years or it might be a special event that you would want to remember. So often these stories remain as legends within our own families, but this is a chance to share them with the world. Everyone has a story to tell and this project will facilitate these stories to be recorded and remembered for generations to come.

The inspiration behind the project originated from the Torch Theatre’s Artistic Director, Peter Doran, who, whilst caring for his father who was suffering with Covid-19 at the start of the pandemic in 2020, encouraged his father to elaborate on stories which previously he had only touched on in passing.

Peter said: “My father told us of his time as an evacuee, having been sent from his home in Liverpool to the Welsh speaking village of Llamberis in North Wales. It was a fascinating tale and one that we might never have heard about had it not been for Covid-19. We’re all so busy, I feel we just don’t spend enough time with each other to allow these wonderful moments to happen, we’re all so busy it would seem.”

Peter’s father has thankfully gone on to make a full recovery from Covid-19 and is continuing to tell many more stories.

The Pembrokeshire Story is being led by Tenby based creative James Williams, who has assembled a team of freelance artists to capture extraordinary stories in different mediums from across the county. These stories are only part of the project and the Torch Theatre requires your help to capture your stories told across the generations.

James added: “Local artists have already been working to gather stories from over the county, and now we’d like to ask you to join in. We are putting out a call for videos made by young people where they interview their grandparents or older relatives about their experiences and stories of Pembrokeshire. These videos will be added to an online Living Archive which will be available for anyone to access.”

All the stories submitted will be added to the Living Archive on the Pembrokeshire Story website which will be launched in April. Videos can be made on a phone or recorded from a digital platform call (ideally filmed in landscape), they can be in English or in Welsh but must be no longer than 5 minutes.

If you would prefer not to film your submission, we would be happy to receive your story as an audio recording (mp3 format) or in writing, with an accompanying photograph.

For more information visit https://www.torchtheatre.co.uk/the-pembrokeshire-story/

If you would like to submit a story, please contact James Williams via this email address marketing@torchtheatre.co.uk

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