The Mid Glamorgan High Sheriff Awards yesterday recognised young people (under 21 years old) from the counties of Bridgend, Rhondda Cynon Taff and Merthyr Tydfil who individually or as part of a group have gone above and beyond to support a local initiative, giving their time and commitment to a community project.
Assistant Chief Kirby of South Wales Police was delighted to attend the Mid Glamorgan High Sheriff Awards at Sony UK Technology Centre, Pencoed Technology Park.
The awards were presented by the High Sheriff of Mid Glamorgan Mrs Ann Jenkins, and the Speaker for the event was Mrs Jayne James, former newsreader and local businesswoman who in her speech praised the young award winners for their contribution to community life.
Assistant Chief Constable Kirby said“It’s a real honour to be invited to the High Sheriff Awards and to celebrate the achievements of these inspiring young people. Their commitment has made a real difference to their local communities.”
He continued“I am thrilled that our Police Community Support Officers (PCSO) and Police Officers have had the opportunity to engage with and support many of the young people involved in these projects."
The High Sheriff, Mrs Ann Jenkins said: “The scheme, set up in 2008, is a great success and I am very grateful to all of the sponsors. In particular I would like to thank Sony UK who hosted the Awards this year and provided superb hospitality.”
Sony Managing Director Mr Steve Dalton said:“We were delighted to host the High Sheriff Awards this year and huge congratulations to all of the winners. It’s great to see young individuals’ enthusiasm and commitment, taking pride in helping out in their local community. This is something we at Sony are extremely passionate about and it’s great for us to sponsor a worthy awards scheme and help give these young individuals the recognition they deserve.”
The Individual Awards went to:
1st prize – Savannah Foley from Merthyr Tydfil who received an award of £250 – nominated by Lee Davies of the 3G’s Development Trust
Savannah has been volunteering with 3G’s Development Trust since 2007. The 3G’s Development Trust is a community regeneration organisation.
Savannah is a key fundraiser for the Trust and has made a significant contribution to the £40,000 raised in the last three years, and which has enabled the Trust to take over 80 youngsters to Disneyland to perform.
Savannah also writes the scripts for the shows the young people perform, works with the choir as well as helping with activities such as film making, tree planting and litter picks.
Joint 2nd Prize – received prizes of £200 each.
Volunteer at Noddfa Youth Club -nominated by PCSO Rachel Bargery
Keiran Sawdon from Tondu – nominated by Mrs Sharon Clarke of Maesteg Comprehensive School
This young lady was referred by BAVO to work as a volunteer at Noddfa Youth Club for six weeks. However she enjoyed her time there so much that she continued to give up her valuable personal time, outside of studying for her AS/A2 Levels, to volunteer in Noddfa Youth Club Sexual Health Clinic and Nanty Youth Club.
Keiran Sawdon is a carer for a close relative yet still finds time for the Bridgend Youth Council where he is a cabinet member, meeting every week to plan council activities and steer their progression. He is also a “Funky Dragon” member representing the County on a national basis and member of the Sustainable Development and Climate Change section.
3rd Prize – Sadie Nash from Maesteg who was awarded £150 – nominated by Mrs Non Lewis of Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Llangynwyd
Sadie has been a volunteer at the Ty Hafan shop in Maesteg since 2011, spending her Saturdays and holiday time at the shop. She also volunteers with Llangynwyd Brownies every week, helping with the preparation, organising games and supporting the younger girls.
The Group Awards went to:
1st Prize - Rhyd Boys 4 Life from Rhydyfelin – nominated by PCSO Lisa Banfield
Since February 2012 Rhyd Boys 4 Life have engaged in numerous activities in collaboration with local PCSOs, Newydd Housing, Detached Youth Workers, the Youth Offending Services and other agencies.
‘The Emotion behind the Commotion’ – A workshop designed to raise their awareness of how anti-social behaviour can affect vulnerable people in their community
‘Safety in the Community’ – A contract was created to help keep an area safe, which was then signed and adhered to be all involved.
‘Youth Participation’ – An activity plan developed as a result of the boys writing down things they would like to do in the both their short term and long term future.
Joint 2nd Prize – Each group received an award of £250
3G’s Music and Arts Group from Merthyr Tydfil – nominated by Lee Davies, 3G’s Community Development Officer
Trallwng Youth Forum from Pontypridd – nominated by PC Jonathan Handy
3G’s Music and Arts Group was set up to help and promote Arts and Media throughout Merthyr Tydfil. The group meets up to eight times a week and run activities such as singing, dancing, performing musicals and drama.
They have a community base at Bishop Hedley School, and are regularly asked to perform for local groups and charities. With all the ancillary work this entails such as song and script writing, set building and promotion it’s no wonder they were also awarded the Queens Awards for Voluntary Service for engaging with hard to reach young people in 2010.
Trallwng Youth Forum was established in 2012 by a group of seven inspirational teenagers as they recognised that the community was suffering from a lack of facilities.
Finding that young people were being labelled as troublemakers, they set up their own youth forum, appointed a youth council for young people and set about creating a youth club and weekly youth events held at the local church. As a result there is a marked improvement in the relationship between the residents of Trallwng and a drastic reduction in the amount of anti-social incidents reported by local residents.
Highly Commended - Pencoed Neighbour Hoodies, awarded £100 – nominated by Pencoed Town Council
The Pencoed Neighbour Hoodies was set up under the community safety initiative. Group members attend and contribute to Town Council meetings, representing the views and opinions of young people from the area.
Overall winner was Savannah Foley who was presented with a Silver Cup to be held for one year. The Cup was presented by Mrs Jayne James, the Speaker.