Innovate Trust receive their trophy for winning the Digital Pioneers award at the Welsh Charity Awards 2022

Congratulations to the 2022 winners of the Welsh Charity Awards

Published : 25/11/22 | Categories: News | Volunteering |

WCVA received a record number of nominations for the Welsh Charity Awards this year and during Welsh Charities Week we celebrated the five amazing winners highlighted here.

The Welsh Charity Awards were last hosted in 2019, and since then the voluntary sector has achieved extraordinary things, responding to crisis after crisis. The work of the sector has never been more needed, and this shone through in the almost 200 nominations we received.

The five winners accepted their awards at a small ceremony hosted at ITV studios in Cardiff Bay on Tuesday 22 November, during Welsh Charities Week. The Awards showcase the positive difference we can all make to each other’s lives, by recognising and celebrating the fantastic contribution charities, community groups, not-for-profits and volunteers make here in Wales.

Speaking on the awards, WCVA’s Chief Executive Ruth Marks said: ‘The Welsh Charity Awards demonstrate the extraordinarily diverse work found in the sector, and the impact charities and volunteers make to the lives of people every day in every community across Wales. We’re thrilled, at WCVA, to be able to honour these five worthy winners.’

WINNERS

Volunteer of the Year (volunteers aged 26 or over)

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Andrew Coppin receives his trophy for winning the Volunteer of the Year award at the Welsh Charity Awards 2022

Andrew Coppin

The Walking Men of Mid Wales

Awarded to Andrew for his extra special contribution to men’s mental health. With male suicide levels spiking in the Newtown and Welshpool area, Andrew decided to set up a walking and talking group to support vulnerable men. He has since started a mixed group, all of which is proving a lifeline to many people in his community.

Young Volunteer of the Year (volunteers aged 25 and under)

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Rachel Joseph receives her trophy for winning the Young Volunteer of the Year award at the Welsh Charity Awards 2022

Rachel Joseph

Fair Treatment for the Women of Wales (FTWW)

Rachel was recognised for her passionate advocacy for fellow endometriosis patients and disabled and chronically ill women in Wales. She has made an amazing contribution to FTWW’s campaigning, harnessing her lived experience to improve access to women’s healthcare and menstrual wellbeing education in Wales.

Digital pioneers

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Innovate Trust winners of the Digital Pioneers award at the Welsh Charity Awards 2022

Innovate Trust

Innovate Trust won the award for their unique Insight app, which has made a huge difference to the lives of people with learning disabilities. Entirely free to access, it has broken new ground for the charity, increasing their engagement by 500% to 1,600 people in Wales and across the UK.

Wellbeing in Wales

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Cariad Pet Therapy receive their trophy for winning the Wellbeing in Wales award at the Welsh Charity Awards 2022

Cariad Pet Therapy

Cariad Pet Therapy is radically transforming the mental wellbeing of a range of communities across south west Wales, and have plans to expand to north Wales by 2022/23.They offer life-changing support to communities through 70 therapy dog teams, pet food banks, an active inclusion employability project and 60 robot pets.

Organisation of the year

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Urdd Gobaith Cymru receive their trophy for winning the Organisation of the Year award at the Welsh Charity Awards 2022

Urdd Gobaith Cymru

A truly outstanding organisation, the Urdd has achieved a huge amount in its centenary year, and has truly become a leading light for young people across Wales. Its much-lauded refugee work, benefiting 250 Ukrainians and 110 Afghans, is just the tip of the iceberg. Among its other many achievements, the charity offers £1 membership to children from low-income families (instead of £10), recorded its highest ever attendance at an Urdd Eisteddfod (in Denbighshire), and organised the first ever Wales-wide conference for women in sports.

THANK YOU

A huge congratulations to all the winners, and a big thank you to everyone that made a nomination for this year’s Welsh Charity Awards. The judges were blown away by all the amazing stories of the frankly incredible things people and organisations are doing in Wales, thank you for everything you do!

The Welsh Charity Awards and Welsh Charities Week are a great way to celebrate and raise awareness of the incredible contribution charities, community groups, not for profit organisations and volunteers make to Wales. Thank you to all the organisations and individuals who have taken part in the 2022 Welsh Charity Awards and Welsh Charities Week.

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