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Awards Brochure Sponsors A Jewson Lot More With over 600 branches across the country, Jewson is the UK’s leading supplier of sustainable timber and building materials. The first Jewson branch opened in 1836 - for over 176 years we have been supplying building materials and supporting the trade. Jewson offers the widest range of quality materials and products from everyday core essentials to the latest sustainable innovations - Jewson’s friendly and knowledgeable staff continue to provide the highest levels of customer service. In addition to timber and building materials, Jewson also has specialist

landscaping, joinery, insulation, tool hire, brick, kitchen and bathroom centres up and down the country. We are delighted to support Wales & West Housing’s Making a Difference Awards for 2013 and its aim of celebrating the enterprise and community spirit of its residents.

A very warm welcome to our

Making a Difference Awards for 2013 Now in their sixth year, these awards are our way of honouring the community spirit, kindness and enterprise shown by so many people, young and old alike, who live in our properties. We are inspired and often very moved by the stories that emerge throughout this process and we are proud to say a very big ‘thank

Tom Lonergan Area Director Wales & West Region

Anne Hinchey Chief Executive

you’ to each and every person who has been nominated this year for a Making a Difference award. We are also very pleased to be joined tonight by so many of our contractor partners, who have very kindly sponsored these awards. We hope you enjoy the evening and very good luck to you all.

Kathy Smart Chair

Main awards sponsor Cambria Maintenance Services Cambria staff help transform an empty warehouse into a new depot for Cardiff Foodbank.

Cambria Maintenance Services Ltd (Cambria) was established in 2010 and now undertakes a wide range of housing maintenance works across the whole of Wales for Wales & West Housing (WWH).

The quality of repair and maintenance services is the main way any landlord is judged by its tenants. Cambria provides a mechanism to achieve quality and customer focus whilst also delivering efficiencies. The values of Cambria mirror those of WWH – Fair, Open, Responsible, Supportive and Efficient – and run through everything that they do on a strategic, as well as day to day, basis. As an example Cambria is an accredited Living Wage employer.

As well as providing a great repairs and maintenance service, Cambria is also supporting local good causes. Volunteers from Cambria South recently undertook a 48-hour makeover for Cardiff Foodbank, fitting out new premises with purpose-built racking. And Cambria North is supporting the charity Walk on Wales which is raising funds for the Welsh Guards Afghanistan Appeal and Combat Stress, in memory of the 50 Welsh Guardsmen who have died on active service since the end of World War II.

James Williams Singer & Entertainer James Williams was born in Pontypridd, South Wales – just like his idol, Tom Jones. Singing was not James’ first choice of career. He was always keen on sport and loved both football and rugby. However, he decided to pursue golfing as a career and, as with everything he does, was extremely successful. He became a professional golfer and played for Wales in the European Challenge Tour. His golfing took him all over the world and James would entertain the teams whilst on tour, becoming known as the ‘singing golfer’.

Although James loved his time as a professional golfer, when faced with the choice of continuing with the sport he loved or marrying the beautiful woman he had fallen in love with, he did not hesitate – he chose Natalie and they are now married and have two beautiful children. Although he came into the music industry relatively recently, James’ career has gone from strength to strength and, helped by his performances on a recent television series, he is now one of the most sought after singers in Wales.

For further information about James visit or James’ official Facebook page JamesWilliamsSinger

MAD Awards 2013 Finalists

Ole Constantine and Jane Styles

Good Neighbour 


What makes a good neighbour? They come in all shapes and sizes, but what they all have in common is that they have a listening ear, helping hands and a very warm heart. This category celebrates those apparently ‘small’ day to day actions that actually make a massive difference to other people’s lives.

Community Project  Our Community Project category is all about those groups of people who have done something good in their neighbourhood -something which has changed their area for the better.

Colin Nash

Hope Court, Cardiff

It is open to individuals and groups of any ages and the projects can be about absolutely anything that has brought value to the community.

This year’s finalists are:

This year’s finalists are:

Hightown Sandra Williams Llys Nazareth, Pentre

Tony Williams Hanover Court, Llandudno

Gary Probert

Maes y Ffynnon, Crickhowell

Play Plant Project, Wrexham

Margaret Thomas Llys Nazareth, Pentre

Jenny Finlayson

Bronrhiw Fach, Caerphilly

MAD Awards  2013 Finalists

Oak Court Gardening Club Penarth

Freda Watkins

Eco Champion 

Fresh Start 

This award is all about looking after our environment and making the most of what we’ve got.

Life can be full of ups and downs and this category is all about those people who have overcome tough times to turn their lives around for the better.

We’ve been looking for people who go that extra mile in reducing, reusing and recycling - or perhaps growing their own fruit and veg for the first time. This award is all about celebrating those simple steps that can result in big changes for the better when it comes to being ‘greener’.

Danymynydd, Bridgend

This year’s finalists are:

Jemma Bere Brecon

Paul Clark

Oak Court, Penarth

Here are this year’s finalists:

Buxton Court Communal Gardens Rhyl

Jan Taylor Clarendon Cyncoed

Western Court Gardeners Bridgend

Kenneth Bartlett Ogmore Vale

David Williams

Llys Ben Bowen Thomas, Ystrad

Royston Hill

Cwrt Andrew Buchan, Rhymney

MAD Awards  2013 Finalists

Hope Court Gardeners Cardiff

Green Fingers (retirement) 

Green Fingers (general needs) 

The Green Fingers Award which is all about those who are good at gardening, especially creating beautiful floral displays.

We also received lots of entries for this, the second part of our Green Fingers category, making the shortlisting a very difficult job.

This category always attracts a huge amount of interest, and this year we have again split it into two awards – one for residents in our retirement properties and the other for people who live in our general needs housing - quite simply because we had so very many high quality entries.

This year’s finalists are:

Glenys Vandervolk St Mellons Community Garden, Cardiff

Mr & Mrs Steel The Green, Sarn

This year’s finalists are:

Hanover Court Whitchurch, Cardiff

Dee Thorne Ty Ddewi, Ton Pentre

Malcolm Aspland

Beddoes View, Presteigne

Mrs Greagsby

Bromley Drive, Ely

Mr & Mrs Down

Yr Hendre, Kenfig Hill

Alfred Davies

Dan y Coed Rise, Brackla

MAD Awards  2013 Finalists Local Hero 

This award is for that person or persons who have quite simply stood out from the crowd for whatever reason.

Mukesh Patel

Tegfryn Stores, Pyle

It is open to groups or individuals of any age and celebrates their extraordinary achievements. This year’s finalists are:

Emrys Phillips

St Catherine’s Court, Caerphilly

Sureshkuma Rajah Kingsmills Road, Wrexham

Inez White

Four Elms Court, Cardiff

Making a Difference Awards 2013

Full List of Nominations

Jean Morris, Ty Brynseion, Merthyr Tydfil Rachel Samways, Bridgeman Court, Penarth Malcolm Aspland, Beddoes View, Powys Ann Jones, Bodalaw, Merthyr Tydfil Shirley Wynne , Nant y Mor, Prestatyn Geraint ap Dyfed, Four Elms Court, Cardiff Mavis Coles, c/o Bridgeman Court, Penarth Samantha Broom, Bridgeman Court, Penarth Jo Foley, Ty Pontrhun, Merthyr Tydfil Fran Parry, Ann Badcott, Sally Clayton, Ty Gwyn Jones, Abergele Pat Lavercombe, Glan yr Afon, Maesteg Penny Alford, Cwrt Anghorfa, Pyle Tony & Sandra Slade (RSVP), Ty Ddewi, Ton Pentre Francis Jenny Finlayson, Bronrhiw Fach, Caerphilly BFTA Play and Plant intergenerational project, Hightown, Wrexham Ole Constantine, Ystad Goffa Court, Flint

Margaret Thomas, Llys Nazareth, Pentre St Catherine's Puffers & Planters, Caerphilly Beryl Cleaver, Doyle Court, Cardiff Nan George, Trem y Mynydd, Treherbert Buxton Court communal garden, Rhyl Oak Court Gardening Club, Penarth Mrs Jan Taylor, Clarendon, Cyncoed Jane Styles, Cwrt Leighton, Connahs Quay Freda Watkins, Danymynydd, Bridgend Royston Hill, Cwrt Andrew Buchan, Rhymney Jemma Bere, Cradoc Close, Brecon Malcolm Aspland, Beddoes View, Powys David Williams, Llys Ben Bowen Thomas, Ystrad Kenneth Bartlett, Bridge Street, Ogmore Vale Paul Clark, Oak Court, Penarth Western Court Gardeners, Bridgend Charlie Adams & Eric Fitton, Nant y Môr, Prestatyn continued overleaf…

Vanessa Brindley, Fusilier Way, Wrexham Claire Grice, 12 Cefn y Nant, Wrexham Alexander Foulds, Henllan, Denbighshire Denise Thorne, Ty Ddewi, Ton Pentre Lord Pontypridd Gardening Club, Canton, Cardiff Sir David's Court gardeners, Canton, Cardiff Jeff Johnson, Bridgeman Court, Penarth Sam Hough, Henllan, Denbighshire Hope Court Gardeners, Cardiff Hanover Court, Whitchurch, Cardiff Sureshkuma Rajah, Kingsmills Road, Wrexham Josh Atkins, Henllan, Denbighshire Mukesh Patel, Tegfryn Stores, Pyle, Bridgend Resident Participation Steering Group Emrys Phillips, St Catherine's Court, Caerphilly

Inez White, Four Elms Court, Cardiff Mandi Watkins, Abermule, Powys Mr & Mrs Downs, Yr Hendre, Kenfig Hill Mr & Mrs Steel, The Green, Sarn Glenys Vandervolk, St Mellons, Cardiff Mrs Greagsby, Bromley Drive, Ely Alfred Davies, Dan y Coed Rise, Brackla Gary Probert, Maes Y Fynnon, Crickhowell Colin Nash, Hope Court, Cardiff Tony Williams, Hanover Court, Llandudno Sandra Williams, Llys Nazareth, Pentre Emrys Phillips, St Catherine’s Court, Caerphilly Freda Watkins, Danymynydd, Bridgend Malcolm Aspland, Beddoes View, Powys

Smile you’re on camera! We hope you enjoy this very special evening and to help you remember we will be filming and photographing tonight’s events. A short video will be posted on our YouTube channel – wwhahomesforwales – and on our website – ­in the near future. You will also be able to see a selection of photos from the night on our website and in the next edition of InTouch magazine.

Thanks to our sponsors A very big thank you to each one of our contractor partners who have so generously sponsored our 2013 Making a Difference Awards.

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