Meet the finalists of Bro Radio’s Community Awards

With less than a month to go to Bro Radio’s Community Awards sponsored by Wessex Garages, we wanted to introduce you to the finalist that we will be celebrating on the 30th March at the Memo Arts Centre in Barry.

Over the evening, Patrick Downes will reveal the winner of each category whilst also recognising the work of each of our finalists. You’ll be able to keep up to date with the awards evening on Social Media and hear all of the highlights on Bro Radio. Limited tickets are also still available via the Bro Radio Shop.

 

Volunteer of the Year sponsored by Glamorgan Voluntary Services

This award aims to recognise an individual who has made a difference to their community and the lives of others through volunteering. With over 500 voluntary organisations in the Vale of Glamorgan, the sector is vital to many within our community. Our finalists have all given up their own time to help others with no financial gain.

Janet Rees 

Janet has been nominated by her friend who describes her as being “a welcoming, kind and caring lady”.Janet set up and has successfully run Cwtch Cymru Support Group for nearly three years. This is a support group for those suffering with depression and anxiety. Janet welcomes everyone and makes them feel comfortable to be open with feelings. She is always looking for ways to promote Cwtch Cymru to ensure that their service is available to as many people that need it as possible. She has now started a 2nd Cwtch Cymru Group last September in the evening for those who can’t make the morning groupJanet is very passionate about mental health and has set up awareness days. She is a role model to her community despite having been through her own difficult time.

Phill Sedgmond 

Sensei Phill Sedgmond is a karate teacher from Barry, who is described as being “selfless” and “an amazing leader”. On top of having a family and a full-time job, Phill dedicates over ten hours of his free time each week to teach karate, on a voluntary basis. Sensei Phill doesn’t make a penny for his teaching – all the money that goes into the club in spent on club members, ensuring that they have the best experience possible as a part of Barry Kyokushin. Phill also attends courses and seminars at his own expense, to bring back the best tuition to his students – the furthest he’s been to learn is Japan! Whilst at home, Sensei Phill arranges major tournaments and charity events – he is a true role model to his students.Sensei Phill now teaches around 100 pupils at Barry Kyokushin, a true testament to how admired he is in the eyes of the Vale. 

Nerys Thomas

Nerys has been a volunteer for Marie Curie for fifteen years and is described by her colleague as being “the backbone of her group”. She is the treasurer of the Penarth Fundraising group and despite being a busy Grandmother, she organises a twice yearly quiz involving thirty teams, looks after the collection boxes and daffodil boxes. She not only raises money but is also an ambassador.Nerys has taken part in four Marie Curie overseas treks including Mount Toubkal in Morocco to celebrate her 60th birthday, Kilimanjaro, The Great Wall of China and Sri Lanka which coincided with her 70th birthday! She was a huge support to fellow trekkers with one saying “I feel like I can climb Everest when I am with Nerys”.Nerys also volunteers at Cardiff and Vale Hospice Day Therapy Unit where she provides a warm welcome to patients and their families.

 

Young Person of the Year sponsored by Fun Harbour Barry Island

This award aims to recognise those under 25 making a positive impact in the community.
The finalists have all done something exceptional during the last 12 months, using a positive attitude and approach to become a role model for other young people in the County.

Harrison Baker

Six-year-old Harrison has been nominated by a family member.For the past two years, Harrison has been involved with the Cadoxton Conservation Group where he takes part in litter collection sessions. Harrison puts on his yellow safety jacket and gloves and walks around the area picking up litter with enthusiasm and pride.Picking up litter has become second nature to Harrison he picks up litter on his way to school and will automatically pick up any litter on visits to the local beaches as he goes along.Every year the group hold a fete to raise money to get the equipment for children to take part. Harrison will come and help set up at 8 am then stay and help clear up until as late as 8 pm he knows how important it is to keep our town tidy.Harrison is a true role model for his peers.

Lola Pike

Lola was nominated for Young Person of the year by a family member who describes her as “brave” and “an amazing girl”. Lola who is ten years old has been unwell since she was a baby. Lola has lots of physical and medical needs but she never complains and always has a smile on her face despite facing challenges every day.Lola has just started at a specialist school and has taken to it very well. She understands that she is a little different from some other children and that she needs extra help. Lola has a condition and her brain forgets to tell her to breathe at night and so she needs oxygen which she puts on all by herself.Lola is a beautiful brave girl that is an inspiration to others.

Daley Chapman

17 year old Daley was part of the Vale Youth Cabinet from 2016-2019 and was Vale of Glamorgan Deputy Youth Mayor twice (2016/2017- 2017/2018). He is described as being confident, passionate and excelling in his academics having achieved 14 GCSE’s grade A-C at Barry Comprehensive School (Whitmore High School.)Daley started at The Premier League Kicks project as a participant in 2015 and is now a volunteer coach. Daley feels that Premier League Kicks is “a brilliant opportunity for the young people in the area” and gives his time to coaching players aged 10-19 in Barry, Llantwit and Cardiff. Premier League Kicks is a project run by Cardiff City Foundation to provide an activity for young people in high need areas.Daley is committed to his role and manages this alongside his studies in which he is progressing ready to start University in September.

 

Teacher of the Year Sponsored by West Quay Estates and Lettings

This award recognises a teacher, lecturer or learning support assistant who goes above and beyond to support the needs of their pupils. The award aims to recognise an individual that brings learning to life by engaging their pupils to fulfil their potential. Not just a teacher, our finalists all inspire, encourage and motivate their pupils.

Ian Piekielniak

Mr P, as he is known, teaches drama at Whitmore High School. He has been nominated by a pupil that describes him as being kind, caring and hilarious.Mr P is an inspiration to his pupils. He goes above and beyond and shows dedication and professionalism. He has been known to give up his own time on weekends and also stay at school until 11pm to ensure that everything is in order for shows that are put on. He also helps with homework for other subjects if he is able to.Mr P is well liked by pupils and colleagues and is said to be a “legend” and “an incredible human being”.

Kirsty Berry 

Miss Berry is a popular, hardworking teacher working at St Cyres School in Penarth. She has been nominated by a pupil that describes her as going above and beyond in her role.This pupil joined the school in year 9 and Miss Berry ensured that she settled in and made new friends. She takes time out of her day to check up and make sure that she’s ok and has helped her achieve 2 GCSE’s so far. She helps in subjects other than the one she teaches, if she can.Miss Berry is supportive, loyal, kind and gives 100% to her pupils.

Sarah Morris 

Sarah, a Learning Support Assistant at Gwenfo Church in Wales Primary School has been nominated by one of her colleagues who describes her as being “inspirational and instinctive”.Sarah is 1:1 for a little boy that is a bilateral amputee who, with Sarah’s help, has gone from being shy and reluctant to bringing his prosthetic legs to school to walking up and down the main corridor chatting to everyone that passes. She has a super relationship with him, his family and the class teacher. She “knows when to take a step back but is always one step ahead”. Sarah’s involvement with her pupil has led to a breakthrough both physically and mentally.

 

Charity of The Year Sponsored by McDonalds Barry

The Charity Of The Year Award is to recognise an Organisation or Registered Charity that our community couldn’t live without. All of our finalists are local organisation with charitable aims and objectives working in the Vale of Glamorgan.
Charities come in all shapes and sizes, from those that work with children who have learning difficulties or physical disabilities, an animal welfare charity or those who support individuals suffering from mental health.
These are all organisations that are truly special and many of us depend on.

Home Education Barry 

HEB – Home Education Barry offers help and support to those that currently or intend to home educate their children. They meet weekly for their children to interact with other home educated children, and for parents to be able to meet other likeminded people. There are many families that attend with children on the spectrum, children that have suffered from bullying at school, children that struggle with anxiety and those that Home Educate for the pure freedom and the right to do so.HEB runs various activities and often have educational experts visit to host activities that include, science, yoga, circus skills, music and the arts.HEB supports local community groups, including, Gibby Green Fingers community garden which they visit regularly. HEB is self-funded through financial contributions from families attending the group and fundraising events organised by the group’s Founder Donna Rapley who is very passionate about the community and home education groups helping each other.

Vale Homework Club

Cath Watkins was all about her children achieving their best goals with homework.  Cath encouraged her children and several friends and family to join Disparity, held at Atlantic College. Sadly this club dissolved.Cath created Vale Homework Support Club over seven years ago with Ceri and Maria and pushed forward to help all children in Rhoose, eventually moving to support rural Vale. Initially the club started with six children and has since grown to over 250. The club ran on Tuesday night for one hour English, Thursday night for 3 hours mathematics and sports development. Sunday two hours for GCSE crew. The GCSE crew showed the results of the Club’s hard work with children who were predicted E’s and F’s and achieving C grades. Cath also worked hard with high achievers ensuring they were on target for their A’s+.Cath has self-funded the group for many years and more recently held events to increase funding from the big recycle and auctions to achieving sponsored funding from different organisations.

Mind in the Vale

Mind in the Vale of Glamorgan support people with mental health problems who live in the Vale of Glamorgan. There are three resource centres in Barry, Llantwit Major and Penarth where people can drop-in or have one to one support sessions. Staff are also in GP surgeries offering guided self-help. Barry Train Station is home to Travellers in Mind Cafe and Gallery which offers unique volunteering opportunities and the cafe serves delicious snacks, meals and drinks as well two regular sandwich runs to offices in Barry. The cafe itself is also an art gallery which is run in partnership with VOGA (Vale of Glamorgan Artists).Mind provides support for people with mental health problems. Staff and volunteers support and empower people to live independent and fulfilled lives within their community. It is due to the skills of the staff in delivering front line services that Mind in the Vale continues to thrive, alongside the successes of the two Mind shops in Barry and Llantwit Major. Last year we offered help to 2,524 people.

ValePlus

ValePlus is a charity based in Barry and Llantwit Major which provides lifelong learning opportunities for people with a learning disability. It was established in 2001 to provide continuing educational opportunities for people with learning disabilities after they’d left full-time education. The charity currently has over seventy members who attend one of its centers, its shop or Cafe No 5 in High Street, Barry. The charities aim is to help members gain skills, improve their self-worth and to provide a path to a better quality of life through learning. Of the hundreds of people who have passed through the doors, nearly all have gained qualifications in courses provided by nationally recognized educational providers.ValePlus recently gained Centre of Excellence status from ASDAN (Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network) and also gained PQASSO level 1 recognition of good practice in the third sector and one of the first in the area to do so.

 

Community Event of the Year Sponsored by Barry Round Table

With thousands of events take place across the Vale of Glamorgan each year and no matter their size, they are all an important part of the Community we serve.
This award helps recognise events which involve the community, break down barriers, promote tourism or simply entertain those which it intends to serve. The award aims to celebrate all events whether they are free or paid for.

The Neil Lewis Memorial Fund

The Neil Lewis Memorial Fundraiser was started in 2009 by Rhys Lewis in memory of his late father Neil, a folk musician who found fame in the 70’s working with Max Boyce. Tickets for the event are sold at a reasonable price to make it accessible to as many people as possible. The event involves local bands coming together to perform free of change and all proceeds from the evening, including a raffle, are donated to various local charities.To date the event has raised in excess of £15,000. Everyone involved works tirelessly to ensure its success despite having full time jobs and families also. The fund gives to the community not only through the charitable donations but also by bringing the community together in a fun, lively event that is kept affordable.

Santa Fun Run

The Santa Fun run started in 2016 as part of the Mayoral programme of events and is aimed at families, children, adults, able bodied and disabled. It involved 400 people and has now doubled in size.For a small entry fee, adults receive a Santa suit and take part in a short 2k run along with children and even dogs! Every participant receives a medal and a goody bag.The event brings the community together for a morning of fun whilst promoting the council, local initiatives and the fantastic natural resources that Barry has to offer, with people traveling from all over South Wales to take part. The event is now a fixture of Barry’s Christmas calendar and offers the opportunity to engage with the wider community. To date, the Santa Fun Run has raised over £3,000 for various charities. This year, the event brought around 1200 people to Barry Island.

Llantwit Major Pride

MajorPride took place on Saturday September 1st 2018 in Llantwit Major. It was the first ever Pride to be held in the Vale of Glamorgan and also the first small town in Wales to hold such an event. Organised from scratch in just six weeks it brought the young and old, townsfolk and rural communities alike to celebrate love, respect and togetherness. Local people and businesses rallied around to achieve this colourful community event with the Pride flag flying high above St Illtud’s Church for the first time in its 1500-year history. The organiser, Rhodri Owen, inspired by his recent move to the area, wanted to celebrate the openness and friendliness of the community in style.The day saw thousands attend to see a town filled with rainbow colours and bunting with a classic car parade, window displays, cake stalls, wellness practitioners, live music, drag acts and even a dog show.

 

Sports Star of the Year Sponsored by Cariad Café Bar

This award aims to recognise an individual who has made a significant contribution to their respective sport in the Vale of Glamorgan.All of the finalists have excelled in their field and have gone on to inspire other within the local community.

Josh Cook

Josh is a member of the Barry YMCA Gymnastics Club and has this year become the Welsh Senior Men’s All-Around Champion despite being the youngest senior gymnast.Josh also performed at the British championships where he was placed 5th overall against the best gymnasts in the UK in his age group as well as success in the individual apparatus categories. The highlight of this championships was when Josh gained a bronze medal in the Master’s Final on the floor competing against older individuals that have previously competed for Great Britain at various major championships.Josh also competed at the 2018 Commonwealth Games reaching the all-around final despite being the youngest male gymnast in the competition. In September Josh competed in the London Open where the highest-level gymnasts in the UK compete. His performance resulted in him being invited to train with the British Top Squad alongside Britain’s Olympic gymnasts. 

Jeff Robinson

Jeff is an RAF veteran who served in six different war zones, specialising in Close Protection duties. During his 23 years’ service, he had both knees rebuilt, smashed up his left shoulder and compressed his spine which required fusion surgery. A motorcycle accident then left him with a broken neck and back, resulting in paralysis from the chest down. Despite this, Jeff has played for the Ospreys Wheelchair Rugby Team, and competed in the 2017 and 2018 Invictus Games as part of the United Kingdom Wheelchair Rugby Teams who went on to win silver medals in both Games. 

Morgan Thomas

At the age of three Morgan suffered a brain virus which left him having to learn to walk and talk again and has left him with balance and concentration issues growing up. Despite this, Morgan is achieving well in athletics with the 100 meter sprint being his main sport and he is achieving 11.23 seconds and improving all the time.At 16 years of age Morgan is focused and hard working with a part time job at Principality Stadium. He has achieved several GCCSE’s and his ambition is to run for Wales at the Commonwealth Games. Morgan is registered on a BTEC course at Cardiff and Vale College.

 

Sporting Achievement of the Year Sponsored by Sully Sports and Social Club

This award aims to recognise an individual or team who has made a significant achievement through sport in the Vale of Glamorgan.All of the finalists have excelled in their field and have gone on to inspire others within the local community.

Peter Haysham

Peter Haysham a former YMCA Barry Elite and Commonwealth Games Gymnast is the current Welsh National Coach for Male Artistic in Wales. Pete is the personal coach of two senior gymnasts in YMCA Barry, Josh Cook and Iwan Mepham who both qualified to represent Wales in the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games under his guidance.Leading up to the Commonwealth Games Josh and Iwan completed a number of trials with their coach in order to be selected including the Welsh and British Championships achieving fantastic results competing against some of the best gymnasts in the World. As a result Wales qualified a full men’s artistic team and both Josh and Iwan gained their places.
During the Commonwealth Games both Josh and Iwan competed within the Team Event where Wales took 7th place. Josh also qualified in the top 18 gymnasts to compete in the All-Around Event and Iwan qualified in the top 8 for the Parallel Bar Final. These were phenomenal results for Josh, Iwan and coach Pete.

Gavin Chesterfield

Gavin has been manager of Barry Town United Football Club for over a decade leading them to multiple promotions and championships against all odds, whilst setting up a thriving academy and growing the club to over 600 playing members.  In November 2018 he reached his 400th game as manager.Is it a huge feat to win a number of promotions and championships, but to remain the manager of one club through significant adversity for over 400 matches is a very rarely reached feat in modern football.

Chloe McBratney

Chloe was diagnosed visually impaired with bilateral optic nerve hypoplasia at five months old. Chloe suffered many ailments growing up, eventually diagnosed with Elhers Danlos syndrome (EDS) hyper mobility joint syndrome, autoimmune disease and cardiac condition POTS. Recently diagnosed macular hypoplasia results in Chloe now being registered blind and awaiting a guide dog. Chloe started playing football aged 5 along with various other sports including basketball in which she excelled, getting in to the welsh team and the under 16 Wales squad. She returned from Gibraltar with 5 caps for wales competing within an abled bodied team.Chloe undertook the Vale of Glamorgan coaches of the future program and volunteers as a coach with Barry Town Pan Disability. Chloe obtained her C Licence for Goalkeeping and is currently undertaking her B Licence. Chloe achieved a triple distinction star on the Cardiff City football education programme and graduated from university with a degree in sports coaching science.

 

Special Recognition Award:

During the nomination process, we received multiple nominations for Cath Watkins from Rhoose, a woman who was an inspiration to many young people and families within the village. Sadly before Christmas Cath passed away after losing her battle with cancer and with the sheer amount of nominations received we decided to do something special to celebrate her work. This special recognition award recognises the outstanding contributions Cath Waktins made to education and the local community in Rhoose.

Cath’s Story:

Catherine was born 2nd January 1975 sadly passed away 11th December 2018 after battling cancer since 2004.

Cath, daughter of Derek and Tina, sister of Helen and Sian. Devoted mum to her five children Chloe, Sam, Josh, Jake and Matty. Sister in law to Rob and Grant. Auntie Cath to Steph, Tahsa and Lucy and known as Auntie Cath to almost every child in the village. 

Cath created Vale Homework Support Club over seven years ago and spent hours and hours preparing work. Support was also offered to parents using the club and they were encouraged to understand the children’s homework by offering continuous education for adults. Always showing professionalism, encouragement and passion, parents became friends and the children were enthusiastic to attend club and see their Auntie Cath.

Cath realised that many of the parents getting involved were carers and needed support with applying for the appropriate benefits. She was always ready to assist with form filling.

Cath took all children under her wing, offering personal assistance, fairness was given to all. Her strength and determination was shared.

Cath worked hard building a community feeling in the village of Rhoose. We started delivering leaflets as Cath was concerned the people who didn’t have computers were missing out on village activities. Cath spent many hours helping, assisting and boosting children attending the room 102 youth club held in Rhoose. Cath supported any charitable event throughout the village with the Vale Homework team always behind her.

Recently Cath was nominated for many awards including being honoured on the New Year’s Honours list achieving a British Empire Medal.

The family wish to thank the local community for all the support that they have given and for the many nominations that Cath received.

 

Making A Difference Through Business Sponsored by The Glamorgan GEM

This award aims to recognise businesses that work to make a difference in their community without regard for financial reward.
This could be for a contribution to charities or fundraising, its work supporting young people with work experience, training or apprenticeships or simply what it gives back to local people.

High Street Traders

The High Street Traders Association is a group of business owners from the High Street Shopping Quarter who organise a series of events that don’t just benefit themselves and the shopping area, but the local community where they are located. The street was recently announced as one of the top independent shopping areas in the United Kingdom and is a keen supporter of Barry Town Council’s Shop Local campaign.In 2018 the group organised events, which were to the benefit of the local community including an Easter Bonnet Parade, Summer Fate and Christmas Light Switch on. All events are free of charge and attended by many people from Barry and the wider community.Members of The High Street Traders give their own time to organise and attend events despite running their own businesses also.

Holton Road Traders

The Holton Road Traders Association organised two events this year which were aimed at the local community. The events, which are organised by traders on top of running their businesses, bring local people together and help promote the shopping area, which is currently seeing a decline in visitors.The first event in October was Pumpkins in the Park, which was organised with support from Barry Town Council and the Vale of Glamorgan Council, with support from Barry Round Table. The event saw 100’s of local people visit Central Park in fancy dress for face painting, pumpkin carving, food and drinks.The second event was the Christmas Lights Switch on. The traders organised a market alongside the annual lights switch on. The market was a brilliant way for the traders to give opportunity to other local traders to have a pitch at a popular event and give them a chance to see what it is like to be in the Town Centre.

Cariad Café Bar

Cariad Café Bar have been open for just over a year and in that time Julian and Denise have made a big effort to become a part of the community. They have aided local people in raising around £10,000 for local causes.Julian and Denise hold a monthly “Jazz and Gin” night and invite a local fund raiser to come along and hold a raffle. Before Christmas, they dedicated their final Jazz and Gin of the year to the big wrap appeal. They offered free mulled wine and mince pies during the day for anyone donating a gift to the big wrap and collected donations of gifts and money during the evening. They collected a fantastic 202 presents for local children as well as £320 in cash. On Christmas Eve they provided snacks of roast potatoes and pigs in blankets in exchange for donations for Llamau to help the homeless.

 

Triumph Over Adversity Sponsored by Vale of Glamorgan Council

This award aims to recognise an individual who has been through a difficult time, but has come out with a new lease of life to do amazing things to help others within their community.

Rachel Degaetano

Rachel sadly lost her son Chae to suicide in 2015 at the age of just 21. Since his death Rachel has worked tirelessly to raise money and awareness of mental health in Barry and the Vale of Glamorgan.Along with family and friends, Rachel has set up the charity “Gobaith” and has raised money through charity runs, pub quizzes and mountain walks. The aim of Gobaith, which is Welsh for Hope, was to set up a centre that opens its doors and offers a welcome and safe environment to anyone that needs it. They have now achieved this and the new centre based at The Coach House on Holton Road, Barry has opened its doors.Rachel has achieved this as well as taking care of her family and working full time as a mental health support worker. She continues to work tirelessly to support the people of Barry and to let them know that “it’s ok not to be ok”.

Soraya KellyAt the age of 48 Soraya was diagnosed with grade 3 breast cancer. During her recovery, Soraya set up #TheGlovesAreOn Campaign and later The Soraya Kelly Foundation to raise awareness of the importance of early detection of the disease as well as raising money for various causes.Since May 2018, through her fundraising efforts, Soraya has already raised over £16,500 for Llandough Hospital Breast Care Unit, The Caron Keating Foundation and Finn, a local boy who had an inoperable brain tumour and who has now sadly passed away. In addition, Soraya has also provided financial assistance for young people and a youth worker to attend the Duffus Cancer Foundation Youth Work Convention. Soraya continues to raise awareness of important issues close to her heart.Soraya thanks her friends and family who have supported her campaign from the onset.

Charlotte Feldmeier

Described as “A lovely lady” (family GP) “Incredibly kind Humanitarian” (friend) “Formidable”(sister in law) and “Passionate about Justice” (daughter) Charlotte is an inspirational lady, who is only too familiar with the constant battle child survivors of abuse have in coping with the aftermath which impacts on every area of their lives.Despite suffering harrowing abuse she devotes her time to promoting human welfare awareness, through providing physical and emotional support, social reforms and lobbying the government.Charlotte helps the most vulnerable in society providing resources – including food, clothing, supplies, advocacy, acting as a liaison with agencies and authorities, researching and writing Her Autobiographical, self-help book (Soul Murder), released, 200 copies free of charge. She is currently writing her second book. Her wishes are to see an end to the most vulnerable in society suffering. Her tireless efforts for the importance of strong bonds in the community is commendable.

 

Bro Radio’s Good Egg Award Sponsored by HRA Accounting

This award aims to celebrate a ‘good egg’ who goes to eggstrondinary lengths to help and support their community, charity or colleagues without looking for recognition. Our nominees all strive to make the community a better place and make significant contributions to the local area, putting themselves before others.

Ela Gamgee

Ela has worked for ValePlus for several years. She is described as “kind, caring and determined to make a difference”.She is a member of Billboard Ensemble and has recently started her own theatre company called High Voltage, which is a drama group for people with special needs. The club has helped many individuals gain confidence and take part in the many shows they have already put on in just over a year.Ela also takes a few young people with learning difficulties to the gym twice a week and has recently achieved her PGCE. She is currently teaching at ValePlus.Ela is an inspiration who goes above and beyond and shows commitment to our community.

Steven Blackman

Steven started Dementia Friendly Cowbridge (“DFC”) together with Liz George then Mayor of Cowbridge when he was President of Cowbridge Rotary Club. He now chairs DFC which works with the Alzheimer’s Society to establish Cowbridge as a dementia friendly community.DFC runs sessions to help people become more aware of the needs of those living with dementia, they run two monthly cinema shows and activity afternoons, and hold curry evenings.DFC also encourages businesses to help make the customer experience more dementia friendly. Brightly coloured mats supplied by Rotary are presented to businesses marking their commitment as those with dementia often perceive a dark mat as a hole in the floor.DFC has recently raised funds to acquire a Tovertafel, a sensory, interactive light table to be fitted in Southway Care Home.Steven’s visits other communities and Rotary Clubs sharing his experience, offerinf advice and encouraging other areas to become dementia friendly.

Nicky VickeryNot only the volunteer Garden Manager at Gibby Green Fingers, Nicky also runs her own garden maintenance business. Along with this she helps out young children on the Gibbonsdown estate with earning time credits with regular litter picking sessions. Nicky has done a fantastic job of promoting the community garden based next to Pencoedtre Park. She has worked alongside the Community Investment team to promote the Time Credits (Timebanking) project and has been on a number of Timebanking reward trips. It can be challenging finding opportunities for people with learning difficulties. Nicky has helped several to gain work experience at Gibby Green Fingers. Nicky is described as “one of a kind, the old school community champion who everyone knows of”. Nicky is always organising fundraising events and is a Parent Governor at Oakfield Primary School where she gets stuck into helping with events and organising activities.

Limited tickets are available for Bro Radio’s Community Awards, so get them before its too late via www.broradio.fm/shop and if you can’t make the event, you’ll be able to hear all the backstage gossip on Bro Radio.

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