Making A Difference Awards

Now in its 12th year, our annual Making A Difference Awards celebrate
the community spirit, courage and achievements
of our residents across Wales.

Congratulations to all our finalists

Good Neighbour

This award celebrated the kindness of those special people whose small day-to-day actions make a big difference to the lives of their neighbours.

Finalists
Patricia Williams, Hightown, Wrexham
Alun Bargewell, Rhondda
David Wood, Aberystwyth
Elizabeth Jenkins, Newtown

Going Green

This award recognises green-fingered residents who have made a real difference to their environment.

Finalists Patrick Murphy, Penarth,  Vale of Glamorgan Caia Gardens, Wrexham Ty Gwaunfarren Gardeners, Merthyr Tydfil Angela and Des Hunt, Llys Colwyn, Conwy

Fresh Start

This award recognises those who have made it through tough times and turned things around for the better.

Finalists
Jane Unwin, Abergele
Kelly CapenerNewtown
Stephen Conroy, Rhyl
Kelly Bayliss, Holywell 

Wellbeing Champion

This award recognises the individuals, volunteers or groups who set an example or encourage others to improve their physical or mental health and wellbeing.

Finalists
Gwen Evans and Nick Arden for Caffi CwmniCardigan
Debbie WilliamsHightown, Wrexham
Men’s Sheds Newtown
House Martins Men’s Sheds,
BettwsBridgend.
 

Community Heroes

This award celebrates individuals or groups who have started something special in their Wales & West Housing community to benefit those who live there.

Finalists
Twyncarmel Youth Group, Merthyr Tydfil
Paula Hack, Tracy Coppack 
and Sally Grant of Hightown Community Resource Centre, Wrexham
Viv Evans, Newtown, Powys
Claire Rees, Carmarthenshire

Fundraising Champion

This award recognises those tireless and inspirational people who work hard to raise money for many worthy causes.

Finalists
Oakmeadow Court Community Shop St Mellons, Cardiff
Tongwynlais Play Area Mums, Cardiff
Mandy DaviesCarmarthenshire
Muriel Casey, Caerphilly

Outstanding Achievement

The award recognises those individuals who have shown great determination and personal development.

Finalists
Ole ConstantineFlint
Louise FordhamCardiff
Cefn Coed Residents Play Team, Pembrokeshire
 

Special Inspiration

This one-off award is presented on special occasions to an individual or group who the judges feel has stood out from all the other categories.

Winner
Kyron  Kinsey, Bridgend

Special delivery for all our finalists

2020 was a little different. When we could not all get together, we were able to recognise and celebrate our residents’ achievements at a safe distance. Thanks to the generosity of all our award sponsors, we arranged a special surprise delivery of a luxury hamper to each individual finalist.
Packed with Welsh produce to support local suppliers during the difficult times, the hampers were delivered to our finalists’ homes in time for Christmas.

Here’s what some of our finalists said… 

“What a lovely hamper, thank you very much from us all.  A lovely gift to receive in these uncertain times.”

“Thank you for the beautiful Welsh Hamper.  It was greatly appreciated and shared between my neighbours.”

Thank you to our sponsors 

Your generosity and support has helped us to celebrate the achievements of our residents.

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