Community work is so vital to the wellbeing of us all. Whether directly or indirectly, we have all been impacted by local heroes undertaking inspiring tasks for the benefit of the everyone else. The care and energy that they put into our community is something that we need to make sure is commended and appreciated, and that is exactly what the South Wales Evening Post Community Awards on Thursday, April 29 will do.
This year, the South Wales Evening Post Community Awards are headline sponsored by McDonald’s. There are 14 awards curated to celebrate the courageous acts of our community champions. With one of the most difficult years in recent times hopefully behind us, everyone is especially aware of how important community is. It is uplifting to see so many step up simply to help others, with no prospect of profit.
The night is set to be a special affair as we spend time with the heroes of our community and wait in anticipation to hear who has won the coveted titles. Streamed virtually, we can all stay safe at home but still celebrate the brilliant work throughout our region. Tickets are completely free, just register online; contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make sure you check out the other finalists’ stories who will be waiting in anticipation on April 29.
The Lifetime Achievement category, sponsored by Happy Home Furnishers, recognises an individual who has, over a sustained period of time, made a significant contribution to individuals and our community alike. Their selfless generosity has spanned across generations, committing themselves to providing care and help to improve the wellbeing of south Wales residents.
These are the finalists for the Lifetime Achievement category:
For the last 25 years, Sean has ran Zac’s Place in Swansea. He dedicates his time to helping the vulnerable members of society, intent on improving their wellbeing. On Tuesdays, he gives bible lessons and runs a small stall to support those less fortunate . On a Thursday evening, he gives meals to the homeless and provides clothes and extra help if it is needed or wanted. His selflessness has not wavered in the past quarter-century as he continues to help those who need it out of the goodness of his own heart.
Lynne Sanders is the CEO of Swansea Women’s Aid. Lynne is a truly inspiring woman who has dedicated her life to fighting to put an end to domestic abuse. First becoming a part of the organisation in 1986, Lynne has performed a number of roles; from volunteer to refuge worker, to her current position of CEO. Within this role, Lynne has helped to lead the organisation from strength to strength and has ensured that it has remained a pillar of support for women and children in Swansea.
Lynne is a prime example of an empowered women and uses that position to encourage others. Lynne goes above and beyond to ensure that the needs of the service users are met. Lynne never falters in motivation and enthusiasm, her passion for her work is always evident. She has been an instrumental part of changing the lives of thousands of women and children.
An incredible multitasker, Lynne is always on the go, representing the organisation and completing the many varied tasks that come with being the CEO of a specialist organisation. Lynne’s knowledge of the sector is second to none and she is well respected by her peers for her expertise and being a trailblazer in many aspects of her work.
Ray Singh CBE
Ray Singh CBE has dedicated the past 50 years to professional and voluntary work with numerous organisations and community groups throughout South Wales, but especially in Swansea and Neath. Ray was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s Honours List in 2001 and in July 2019 was awarded a Honorary Doctorate in Law by Trinity St David’s University Wales for service to public life and race equality.
Ray was appointed the role Deputy District Judge in 1992, making him the first ethnic minority judge on the Welsh Bench. In 1997, he went on to become the Resident District Judge of the Merthyr Tydfil Combined Law Courts.
Alongside his judicial roles, Ray has been a leading figure with the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) and a Government nominated member for formal investigations into racism. He was commissioner of the CRE from 1996 to 2002, and is chair of Race Council CYMRU.
Ray channelled a lot of attention into charity work and other bodies. He has been a member of the Welsh Advisory Committee on Drug and Alcohol Misuse Act, the Family Court Services Committee, National Assembly Advisory Group, and the South and South West Wales Criminal Liaison Committee. He was vice chair of Gwalia, the Swansea based social and care housing association; former chair of the Child Support Appeals Tribunal; board member of Neath Victim Support; board member of the Velindre NHS Trust and has served on Cardiff University Council since 2016.
For the last 8 years, Ray has been spearheading a Swansea charity which puts estranged parents in touch with their children. The Glamorgan House Family Development Centre is credited with making a huge difference to the lives of the parents and the children since it opened in 2012. From originally being open every other Saturday for a few hours, it is now open six days a week providing an invaluable service.
The full list of categories is:
Covid-19 Hero Sponsored by BMI Werndale.
Grassroots Sports Coach of the Year
Sporting Excellence Sponsored by Swansea University
Community Champion Sponsored by Delta Wellbeing.
Carer / Healthcare Professional of the Year Sponsored by Wales England Care Training.
AmbassadorS ponsored by Swansea Council.
Child of Courage Sponsored by Admiral.
Teacher / Mentor of the Year
Charity Fundraiser Sponsored by Amazon.
Good Neighbour / Volunteer
Lifetime Achievement Sponsored by Happy Home Furnishers.
Editor’s Choice Sponsored by McDonald’s.
The South Wales Evening Post Community Awards will be streamed on Thursday, April, 29. To register for free tickets, contact email@example.com.