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Mayor’s Good Citizen Awards

Written by on 27th March 2018

Seven ‘Good Citizens’ are to receive recognition at an awards ceremony being held next month

The Rhondda Cynon Taf Mayor’s Good Citizen Awards will take place at the Municipal Buildings in Pontypridd, to celebrate the achievements of the winners.

The awards recognise and honour individuals and/or groups who may not receive the recognition they deserve for their efforts to improve their community.

They also recognise those residents who have made an outstanding contributions and achievements within their field, for example sport or culture.

The public was invited to make nominations for the Mayor’s Good Citizen Awards, which was then shortlisted as part of the selection process. This year has seen the highest ever amount of nominations received , with nearly 60 applications considered by the Mayor.

Cllr Margaret Tegg, Mayor of Rhondda Cynon Taf, said:

“This year has seen the most amount of nominations received for the awards, which made the task of shortlisting the nominees all the more difficult.

“We have so many wonderful people in this County Borough doing so much good for their communities and I would like to thank them all.

“To show my gratitude to all those who were nominated for their work across the County Borough, but were unsuccessful in winning an award, I shall be writing to thank them for all they do for their communities to show my gratitude.”

This year there will be seven Mayor’s Good Citizen Awards presented.

Charity Special Award – Friends of Animals Wales/Eileen Jones

Friends of Animals Wales is an RCT-based volunteer run animal rescue group established by Eileen Jones. With no paid staff, the volunteers work tirelessly helping not only unwanted, abandoned, sick and injured animals but also many owners.

As well as the home-based rescue, the group also run RCT Lost and Found, helping to reunite owners with missing pets and the Wonky Dog and Cat Club, saving the lives of the most damaged animals.

Volunteers staff a helpline, transport animals, home check, foster, fundraise, and campaign for improvements to animal welfare. Another part of the volunteer’s work is caring for the pets of owner’s unable to do so due to illness, homelessness, domestic violence or personal crisis.

Services to the Community – Reverend Peter Lewis

Rev Lewis undertakes a lot of good work in the Pontypridd area, such as the setting up of a CAP centre which supports people with debt issues, addiction, life skills and job searches.

He has also set up a charity called “rebuild, restore, restore” which will restore furniture and is staffed by volunteers to train up the long-term unemployed or those in need with skills and raise money for the charity to be sustainable.

Academic Achievement – Dylan Reece Lewis-Rowlands

Dylan is currently studying for 5 A-Levels and has a keen interest in both politics and helping the community. He is a member of YEP’s and in his personal time has also undergone training in mental health, safeguarding and children’s rights.

Dylan has put this training into practice by designing a mental health training programme which he has started to facilitate to his peers. Dylan champions for the rights of young people as well as encouraging young people to engage in politics, and has recently been elected by peers as a Member of Youth Parliament to represent young people in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

He is also recognised as the first-ever male young volunteer for Women’s Aid RCT, through raising awareness of domestic abuse among his teachers and peers at school.

He has also held a fundraiser for Womens Aid-RCT which enabled six women aged 50 and above, and affected by domestic violence, to attend a Christmas trip through the Athena Project.

Artistic Achievement – Craig Roberts

Craig is a leading musical conductor and has been a promoter and champion of music, music education and the arts in Rhondda Cynon Taf for more than 25 years.

Championing the promotion of music and the arts across the County Borough, he has raised thousands of pounds through dozens of charitable performances in support of a wide range of community projects and good causes.

Craig is currently Musical Director of the Lewis-Merthyr Band, Rhondda’s longest-established instrumental ensemble, and under his baton the band have returned to the top of their field, winning the Welsh League First Section Championships for the first time in 21 years.

Sporting Achievement – Danny Evans

Danny dedicated over 50 years to football through all ages in the Cynon Valley and further afield.. He administered the Aberdare Valley Football league and was Chairman of the South Wales Football Association.

Mr Evans, who sadly passed away earlier this year, also spent a huge amount of his personal time encouraging and promoting junior and senior football at all levels.

Sadly, this award is being presented posthumously, however the work that Danny achieved has a lasting legacy for communities in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

Supporting Others – Gary Davies

Having recently retired from the Youth Offending Service as a Victim Liaison Officer, Gary has been a driving force behind ensuring that victims’ views and choices are met, as well as instrumental in supporting young people who have committed crime in their rehabilitation.

Gary has organised and facilitated hundreds of restorative justice conferences and has supported vulnerable victims to attend, many of whom have been children, and has won numerous awards for his work.

As well as his professional work, Gary has run a local boxing club in Tonyrefail for several years where he has supported numerous young people to engage in a constructive activity, especially those who are vulnerable, helping these young people to improve their chances in life as well as liaising with local partners both statutory and voluntary in such issues as child protection etc

Services to Charity – Karene, Mia & Megan Thorne

Nine-year-old Mia Thorne, an ambassador for Caudwell Children, has for a number of years been fundraising for the charity Dreams Come True, which is a children’s charity that helps children and young people with serious and life-limiting conditions to fulfil a dream.

Both Mia and her sister Megan have each been awarded the princess Diana Award for their fundraising work.

Mia and Megan are encouraged to undertake charity work and make things better for those less fortunate by their mother Karene Thorne, who is the driving force behind making Mia and Megan’s fundraising ideas become a reality, with Karene herself also having organised many charity events to raise money for local children’s charities.

The Rhondda Cynon Taf Mayor’s Good Citizen Awards will be presented at the Municipal Buildings, Pontypridd,  on Wednesday, April 18.

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