High Sheriff of Clwyd – Community Awards 2013

The inaugural High Sheriff of Clwyd’s Community Awards took place at the John Ambrose Theatre, Ruthin last night.

Carrying on from the Annual Crimebeat Awards this year’s event saw partner organisations join together with the High Sheriff to recognise and celebrate the work of young people and volunteers across Clwyd.

UsUnltd from Flintshire were awarded the High Sheriff’s Annual Crimebeat Award and are pictured with the High Sheriff, Henry Dixon, and Commander John Bradshaw.

Us Unltd, led by Chris Price is a project that has helped to give young people in the region valuable educational and business skills. Many of the project volunteers have been homeless or socially excluded and more than 50 per cent have gone on to secure full-time employment.

Three other projects were also recognised with Crimebeat awards: Broughton Graffitti Project, Flintshire Young People’s Drug and Alcohol Team and West Rhyl Young Marshalls.

Mr Dixon paid tribute to the  Crimebeat projects: “The energy and creativity of the youth projects supported by Crimebeat shines a light on the powerfully positive impact that young people, including teenagers, can have on groups around them.”

 Several awards were presented on behalf of partner organisations including Crimebeat, Community Foundation in Wales, Business Supporting Communities and the County Voluntary Councils.

Pictures of all the winners can be found at:


The full list of winners is as follows:


 Annual Award Winners 2013:  

Us Unltd: a project that has helped to give young people in the region valuable educational and business skills. Many of the project volunteers have been homeless or socially excluded and more than 50 per cent have gone on to secure full-time employment.


   Highly Commended:

The young volunteers in Flintshire Young People’s Drug and Alcohol Team were recognised for their work helping their peers understand more about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse. Their film (on DVD) is now being used in schools and youth clubs across Flintshire.


       Highly Commended:

West Rhyl Marshalls, a project involving young people from the west end of Rhyl who, supported by PC Steve Edwards, undertake inter-generational and community work in the town. They were particularly noted for their part in the Princes Street clean-up which helped to give a sense of community pride.


         Highly Commended:

Broughton Graffiti project, led by PCSO Jason Knowles and artist Andy Birch, the project enabled younger and older residents of Broughton and Bretton to work together on a graffiti mural that depicted the aerospace history of the area. The project was also supported by Airbus, the Community Council, and Welsh Government. The resulting mural can be seen on the Broughton underpass.


Partner organisations made the following awards:

Community Foundation in Wales

·         For individual philanthropy, Raymond Fagan was awarded for his involvement in the establishment of a Local Nature Reserve in Rhuddlan – www.natur-rhuddlan.com. Mr Fagan acquired part of the land and entered into a partnership agreement with the local council and numerous community groups, creating the first public space gifted to residents of Rhuddlan for over 100 years.  The successful project was officially opened in March 2011.
·         The award for Community Philanthropy went Hywyn Williams/ Denbighshire County Council who led the establishment of the Denbighshire Community Endowment Fund in 2012 – transferring and modifying £250k of moribund and redundant educational trusts to establish a new fund for Denbighshire, initially focused on education
·         BHP Billiton received the award for Corporate Philanthropy. BHP, who are selling their North Wales gas asset in 2013, have created and funded a range of community projects including the SSSI dunes at Talacre, and funding the building of the award-winning safety education centre DangerPoint.

Business Supporting Communities
·         Huw Williams of Rhesgoed Farm was recognised for supporting the Rhyl Growing Group by gifting them a poly tunnel which became the focal point for action and their operation base and has given the a platform from which to move forward.
·         Williams Bankes and his team at Gamlins Solicitors also received an award for their pro bono work in the community, supporting voluntary organisations and community groups across the region with free and impartial legal advice that they would not otherwise be able to afford.
·         John Helm, technical director at HSS Hire and his team who have been proactive in helping their local community with hands on volunteer days, improving community gardens in Flintshire and Wrexham.

Voluntary Service Councils

·         Denbighshire Voluntary Service Council honoured Dr Christine Evans for her outstanding contribution to Llanarmon yn Ial, including helping to establish the Llanarmon & District Youth Club, support the village shop and pub and many other activities which have ensured the village has kept its heart and community pride.
·         Flintshire Local Voluntary Council’s award went to Mrs Derryn Blanchard for her inspirational leadership and organisation of the Holywell Autumn Club. The Club provides activities and support for the elderly in the area, preventing isolation and loneliness among vulnerable older people.
·         AVOW in Wrexham recognised Louise Bollington for her commitment and dedication to providing counselling to Carers in Wrexham, offering them the chance to offload the stresses and strains that caring can have on their emotional well-being.
·         Conwy Voluntary Service Council celebrated the work of Mr Alan Edwards for the establishment of Antioch Money Advice Centre and its impact and assistance to people who need help to manage their debts – helping them regain self-confidence, better health and parenting.