Sponsored by Community Safety Partnership
Winner – Blaengwawr Primary School/Maes Y Ffynnon Residential Home
Generation Hand in Hand is a partnership project which has developed an area of land between Maesfynnon Residential Home and Blaengwawr Primary School. The land has been converted from a fallow land, to a lovely green fertile area that allows for education, play and social interaction. The project has developed the social interaction between the young people and the adult volunteers. The site itself has been developed to include unique ideas such as a grassed amphitheatre, outdoor gym and wildlife friendly areas, including allotments and walkways. It is a shining example of what may be achieved in a community focused school.
Highly Commended – Communities of Penygraig & Wiliamstown
The Junk to Funk Fashion Show was a joint venture between Penygraig and Williamstown Communities First, Valleys Kids, community groups and 5 local schools. The project is unique and it’s aim was to generate awareness of recycling through the creation of new ideas for the re-use of material. The project saw each participating school represent an issue that affects or is affected by global warming, and the impacts were represented through the areas of fire, earth, air and water, this was then represented in the design of the outfits. The aim was to generate awareness of individual lifestyles and our impacts on our environment and to further challenge the idea of how we can re-use waste.
Highly Commended – Glyncoch Partnership
The ‘Summer Challenge’ is a successful scheme that has been running for the past 2 years. It involves the amalgamation of enjoyable activities, informal education, learning new skills and qualifications, all of which result in a regeneration project for the area. It gives individuals of all ages an opportunity to participate and to improve their community. It has seen a joint venture with GAFA and Ymlaen Glyncoch, funded by RCT Homes for a sculpture by and for the Community and also a Mural created by the younger members. They have also worked to develop areas in the community that are rundown. They have future plans for a larger development and recovery of older deprived areas. It is a project that aims to benefit current and future generations and aims to pass on this awareness and responsibility for the community.