May 18 2011

‘Growing Together’ Project wins Award

Dan y Mynydd Singing

A new project that we have been facilitating over the past few months, working with older people in The Garw Valley, has just won The Val Feld Communication in Housing Award, sponsored by Shelter Cymru. Yvonne Humphries, Manager, said: “Fantastic news!  Thank you for making it possible for Dan y Mynydd to achieve this, we are so grateful to you.”

The TPAS (Tenant Participation Advisory Service Awards 2011) Awards were presented to the many project members at a presentation on Thursday 12th May in the All Nations Centre in Cardiff. Anne Hinchey, Chief Executive of WWHA, said: “Many congratulations to everyone involved with these inspiring and now award-winning projects … We are very proud of the wonderful sense of community spirit which is so evident in both Dan y Mynydd, in the Garw Valley, and on our estate in Barracksfield in Wrexham …These two very different initiatives show just what can be achieved when people work together for a common good.”

The Dan y Mynydd team won their award for their input into the ‘Growing Together’ Digital Storytelling project. Residents aged between 80 and 92 worked closely with young people from the area to record their stories, incorporating spoken narratives, music and photographs.

Dan y Mynydd resident Mrs Lena Charles, 93, said “Diolch yn fawr iawn. We’re so thrilled the Garw Valley has been recognised by these awards as sometimes we feel it gets a bit forgotten … We absolutely loved making the film. We’re going to feel very, very proud taking this award back to Dan y Mynydd.”