Congratulations to Cardiff West winners of Volunteer Awards
I was really privileged to be able to attend the 2016 Wales Volunteer of the Year Awards today, organised the WCVA. All really inspiring winners, of all ages across Wales, doing great things for our Welsh communities. The judges told me the most difficult decisions were to leave anyone out at all. It was heart-warming to see such fantastic community spirit and selflessness on display.
I’d like to congratulate and draw attention to the three award winners from here in Cardiff West.
Single mum Marie has transformed her experience of difficulties into expertise she uses to help others in the same situation.
Marie, 32, from Riverside, volunteers with the Creating Connections self-management project for single parents, a Mental Health Foundation programme supporting lone parents to develop skills, strategies and networks for maintaining their mental health and wellbeing.
Ceriann took over running the Wyndham Street Diner in Riverside when it closed in 2014 after funding was cut. She brought people together to decorate the centre – and won a grant from Dulux to provide the paint – run training to equip volunteers with the skills to carry out their roles and encouraged the use of the diner by local groups. It is now a ‘social lifeline’ for elderly and vulnerable local people, and a hub for community groups.
Valerie has been instrumental in a campaign to save Insole Court in Llandaff from sale for private development – work which resulted in the largest Community Asset Transfer Scheme in Wales, and it is now being renovated with the aid of a £4m Lottery award.
She was a member of an action group campaigning against the sale of the building, then of the Friends of Insole Court, and now as part of the Insole Court Trust which is leading the Lottery-funded renewal project.