Creation Development Trust first to win Big Society award
THE Creation Development Trust, a social development enterprise set up to revitalise the local area near Bridgend, was awarded the Prime Minister’s Big Society award yesterday.
It is the first Welsh enterprise to be a recipient of the award.
The organisation was set up in 2000 and has started various projects aiming to tackle social and economic problems in the region. These include the Creation café’ which helps local residents develop internet skills, and the Knitting Nannas group which produces knitted items for charitable organisations.
According to Welsh Secretary of State Cheryl Gillan, last year over 700 people benefited from the trust’s training and development activities, 20% of which had a disability.
The trust also started the Garw timescale initiative where residents can volunteer for local community activities and earn credit to pay to take part in other activities. Since the scheme was extended to younger people, the police have reported a 17% reduction in anti-social behaviour.
Presenting the award, Ms Gillian said, “Creation Development Trust shows that by working together the local community is stronger; they are an inspiration to other communities across Wales.”
Dawn Davies, chief executive of the trust said, “The award is a great recognition of all the work put in by everyone involved. We look forward to visiting Downing Street, sharing our progressive ideas with the Coalition Government and providing an insight to the kind of issues that affect rural communities in Wales”.
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