Be inspired by our three finalists listed below and help to choose a winner in this category.
The public vote will count towards 60% of the overall score and the winners will be announced at the Awards ceremony on 28 November.
Sustainable Community at Cardiff Met University
Bringing students together with local communities to address well-being
‘Taking Part’ is Cardiff Met’s strategy for sport, health and well-being which sets out its ambitions for becoming a world-leading healthy university. Overall, Cardiff Met wants to enable students, staff and external communities to become healthier, stronger and more sustainable when they engage with the institution. Cardiff Met achieves this through innovative programmes, two examples are:
Creating a sense of belonging and focus on both the Llandaff and Cyncoed campuses, the popular community days bring together the local community, businesses, suppliers, staff, students and visitors to engage with a variety of sustainable themes.
Taking place once a month on campus, the community days were developed from an initial link with a local Farmers’ Market, and have grown into a meaningful community event, with clear branding and messaging to identify the event to key people. Led by the community, the content and structure evolves based on the ideas and feedback from everyone involved.
The range of activities on the day have included community litter picks, free bike MOTs provided by a local charity, waste collection awareness from Cardiff Council, Fairtrade University promotions, as well as showcasing active travel /exercise available through local sports clubs, gyms and transport providers.
Sport Cardiff is the city’s sport development team based at Cardiff Met. Sport Cardiff delivers a comprehensive and innovative programme of activities to ensure everyone in the city can have a lifelong enjoyment of sport and physical activity. Projects include:
- Inspiring inclusive school sport and physical activity programmes such as the Cardiff Games and Open Campus which last year collectively engaged with over 11,000 young people.
- Reducing the gaps in participation created by disadvantage and inequality by providing programmes such as swimming lessons for refugees and asylum seekers which also supported community integration and cohesion.
- The #INNERSTRENGTH programme for inactive teenage girls which increased confidence by 88% and physical activity levels by 100% – with 20% of the girls now meeting WHO guidelines for physical activity.
- Enhancing a thriving network of sports clubs and a vibrant workforce to ensure clubs are equipped to sustain a physical active city with projects such as Boxing for Better Mental Health.
Under the Bridge - Milford Youth Matters
Promoting well-being, optimism and ambition in deprived rural areas
Under the Bridge aims to address elements of deprivation such as poor health, by providing opportunities to promote an active life style and general health and mental well-being by engaging young people in alternative forms of art, media and dance which they may not otherwise easily access.
The project also aims to address community safety by engaging young people in diversionary activities and raise a positive profile of young people in Milford Haven.
The project is a targeted detached youth provision for young people aged 11-18 from Milford Haven, the project aims to cover five key topics (health and wellbeing, safety, perception of crime, anti-social behaviour and promoting skills and learning).
Under the Bridge aimed to provide young people in Milford Haven with engaging activities during the summer holidays when statutory youth services do not provide open access provisions, using detached youth work methodology in an area where young people regularly congregate. Furthermore, a key priority was to tackle anti-social behaviour by co-ordinating diversionary activities around Milford Haven.
The programme engaged with over 191 individuals participate in the programme and 368 contacts were made in total over the lifetime of the project. In addition, 3 young people who attended recorded over 30 hours of volunteering hours within their community. The ambition is for the project to continue within 2020 but expand the number of sessions we provided in this format. In addition to this we look to expand and develop the Youth Ambassador Scheme.
Recycle4charity - Pembrokeshire Care, Share and Give
Educating and promoting conservation through encouraging re-cycling
The group helps by offering grants or donation of items to individuals, animal sanctuaries or to charitable organisations and also supporting those in need. The funding is raised by the community being involved by donating their recycling rubbish, such as biscuit wrappers, crisp packets, sweet packets, used stationary, Tassimo Pods, yogurt pouches etc. All which would continue to have gone to landfill.
Within the last 12 months they have raised over £5000 from recycling products like 57,401 packets of biscuit wrappers, 31,820 packets of crisps, 6,420 sweet wrappers, 11,024 plastic tops, trigger heads, hand pumps, 1,058 tooth brushes and tubes, 5,326 bread bags, 14,244 used stationery, 3,741 pet food pouches, 608 Pringles tubes and so much more. In addition they have re-donated bric-a-brac donations to other charities and food banks. They have also sold good quality items to members of the public at affordable prices that again would otherwise have gone to landfill.
The initiative hopes to continue and progress, to get even more people to get involved in recycling and in what they do and to help more charities, groups and people. They plan to open their first community shop in Pembrokeshire.