Awards

The 2020 Living Wage Champion Awards are open!

[:en]We are delighted to announce that the 2020 Living Wage Champion Awards are NOW OPEN for individuals and organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to the Living Wage movement.

The awards are open to all accredited Living Wage Employers, Recognised Service Providers and individuals who have gone above and beyond to promote the real Living Wage. Have a look at the listed categories and the applicant guidance to ensure your nomination meets the criteria.

Applications close on 10 March, so make sure you get yours in shortly.

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Winners of Wales Sustainability Academy Awards announced

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The winners of the Wales Sustainable Academy Awards were announced today at an Awards Ceremony in the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.  They included a University project that has used by-product from a popular food that can be used as a low salt flavour enhancer, a solar powered bench manufacturer, and a community company that put solar installations on nine Welsh sites.

Organised by Cynnal Cymru and RenewableUK Cymru, with Wales & West Utilities as its headline sponsor, the Sustainable Academy Awards celebrates sustainability excellence, innovation and leadership across Wales; and recognises work being done by individuals, community groups and the public sector, as well as small and large businesses.

 

The nine category winners were:

SUSTAINABILITY CHAMPION sponsored by Innogy

Meleri Davies from Gwynedd

 

SUSTAINABLE VENUE OR SPACE sponsored by CECA Wales

Newydd Housing Association / Eggseeds – Wales’ first solar powered bench

The bench is in the grounds of St Catherine’s Church in Pontypridd

 

SUSTAINABLE PROCUREMENT OR SUPPLY CHAIN sponsored by Arup

Aberystwyth University – BEACON

More taste, less salt, healthier lives

 

OUTSTANDING RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECT sponsored by Welsh Government

Egni Co-op – Community owned solar

 

SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS

Oseng-Rees Reflection, Swansea

 

SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY sponsored by EDF Renewables

Under the Bridge – Milford Youth Matters – Milford Haven

 

OUTSTANDING SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

Greenstream Flooring, Porth

 

SUSTAINABLE EDUCATION OR TRAINING sponsored by Dŵr Cymru

Severn Wye Energy Agency – Our Future’s People – Powys

 

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Paul Allen, Machynlleth

 

Mari Arthur, Director of Cynnal Cymru, said:

“The Sustainable Academy Awards ceremony is the highlight of my year, to be surrounded by so many people and organisations working practically to build a sustainable Wales is such an honour. It is important we have this public platform to celebrate their successes, to make sure they get the recognition they deserve, and for the public to see some important advancements in sustainable products and projects around Wales.
I congratulate the winners, the finalists and every one working towards building a better world for future generations”.

Rhys Wyn Jones, Head of RenewableUK Cymru, said:

“This is my first experience of the Sustainable Academy Awards and it has been a privilege to be involved with them.  It is so fascinating to see the diverse range of projects that are happening.  Every entry is a fantastic demonstration of the sheer drive, enthusiasm and commitment that is helping to make Wales a world leader in working sustainability across a range of areas.  Special thanks must also go to our sponsors, without whom none of this would have been possible.”

Steven Edwards, Director of Wales & West Utilities, said:

“We are pleased to sponsor the Sustainable Academy Awards again this year. As an orgainsation working towards being zero carbon ready by 2035 we are keen to support and partner with other organisations working towards challenging sustainability goals. Only by working together can we achieve true sustainability.”

 

For more information on the Winners and Finalists, visit the www.sustainableacademy.wales website.[:]

Championing the Living Wage – 2019 Winners Announced!

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In an evening ceremony at the Guildhall in London- those shortlisted as this year’s champions of the Living Wage movement were thanked by the Foundation’s Director Katherine Chapman for their hard work that had contributed to a sum of £950 million being put back into worker’s pockets by the UK’s over 5000 accredited employers over the course of the last year.

The Winners:

Congratulations to all the Champions of the Living Wage – doing their part in combating in-work poverty and placing importance on the well-being of their employees, which in turn, reaps the benefits of a healthy and motivated workforce with reduced absenteeism and improved retention rates.

We must award a special congratulations to our Welsh winners – Cardiff Council. They are proactive champions of the real Living Wage in Wales and do more than their fair share as a local authority to boost numbers of accredited employers – including 86 in the Cardiff region. It is for this reason and others that they are bringing a Places Champion Award back to Wales. Llongyfarchiadau! 

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2019 Champion Awards open for nominations!

[:en]The 2019 Champion Awards are open! 

The Living Wage Champion Awards celebrate individuals and organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to the Living Wage movement. The Living Wage Foundation welcomes applications from their whole network, big or small, as they recognise the success of the movement is built by champions like you!

The Awards are open to all accredited Living Wage Employers, Recognised Service Providers and individuals who have gone above and beyond to promote the real Living Wage. Have a look at the categories below and use the applicant guidance to ensure your nomination meets the criteria.

Categories 

1) INDUSTRY CHAMPION AWARD

Open to individuals or teams working for Living Wage Employers/ Recognised Service Providers that have shown exceptional leadership over the last year by promoting the Living Wage in their industry and supply chains, leading more employers to pay the real Living Wage.

2) AGAINST ALL ODDS AWARD

Open to individuals or teams working for Living Wage Employers or Recognised Service Providers who have shown leadership on the Living Wage in an industry with high levels of low pay. These include; retail, hospitality, care, cleaning, security, manufacturing and temporary recruitment agencies.

3) LIVING WAGE CAMPAIGNS OF THE YEAR AWARD

Open to individuals, teams and community groups that have successfully campaigned for uptake of the Living Wage and as a result grown the Living Wage movement.

4) PLACES CHAMPION AWARD

Open to Living Wage Employers, especially Local Authorities or groups of Employers who have successfully driven take-up of the real Living Wage in a particular place/area.

5) FUNDING CHAMPION AWARD

Open to Living Wage organisations that use their funding and grant-making processes to promote the real Living Wage, as part of the Foundation’s Living Wage Friendly Funder scheme. This award will recognise those that have helped done the most to tackle low pay in sectors reliant on grant funding, such as charities and the arts.

6) BEYOND THE LIVING WAGE AWARD

Open to Living Wage Employers that have shown exceptional leadership in tackling in-work poverty and improving the wellbeing of their lower paid employees, by putting in place measures to tackle insecurity and underemployment as well as low pay, and offering policies to improve job security and work-life balance alongside the real Living Wage.

Finally…Get your employees to nominate you!

7) EMPLOYEES’ CHOICE AWARD
The Living Wage movement, at its heart, is about the workers who benefit from receiving a wage that is enough to live on. Therefore this award is all about who they think deserves to be recognised as an outstanding employer. This award will be open to nominations from employees at Living Wage organisations, who will be invited to make the case for why their Living Wage Employer or Recognised  Service Provider deserves to be recognised as an excellent place to work for all employees and sub-contracted staff.

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Sustainable Academy Awards Finalist Announced

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The shortlist of finalists has been announced for the inaugural Sustainable Academy Awards.  You can vote for your favourites until Wednesday 31 October.  Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Thursday 29 November.  Click here to cast your vote or on the category name to find out more details about the finalists.

 

Mari Arthur, Director of Cynnal Cymru, said: “The Sustainable Academy is an exciting new initiative, founded by Cynnal Cymru and RenewableUK Cymru to bring together expertise from across the sustainability and green energy sectors in Wales.  The Awards are my favourite event each year as we recognise the contribution being made by different sectors to make Wales a sustainable nation, working as one to deliver on the Well-being of the Future Generations and Environment Acts.”

David Clubb, Director of RenewableUK Cymru and one of the judges, said: “We are delighted with the standard of entries for the first year of these awards.  It is clear there is a lot going on in the sustainability and green energy sectors in Wales and it is fitting that these awards have been created to celebrate and recognise the achievements of so many.  It was a hard job choosing the final three in each category and I hope people will get behind their local projects and show their support in the public vote.”

 

The Finalists

The eight categories in the Sustainable Academy Awards are:

Sustainability Champion sponsored by Natural Resources Wales

Grant Peisley

Neil Lewis

Kiri Howell

 

Outstanding Renewable Energy Project sponsored by Welsh Government

Brechfa Forest West Windfarm

YnNi Teg Community Wind Turbine

Garwnant Visitor Centre – Green Energy Sources

 

Sustainable Space or Venue

Achieving Sustainability and Excellence by Putting the Learners First

Menai Science Park

Wye Valley Sculpture park

 

Sustainable Business

Natural Weigh – Wales’ First Zero Waste Shop

Aria Bridal UK

Jaspels Anglesey Craft Cider and the Anglesey Cider Project

 

Sustainable Community sponsored by EDF

recycle4charity ( Pembrokeshire Care Share & Give)

Welcome to our Woods A Natural Future Upper Rhondda

Wild Tots, Growing Communities Outdoors

 

Innovation in Sustainable Procurement or Supply Chain sponsored by Arup

Bodloni – A Satisfying ‘Cwtsh’ of Soup

Cardiff Met – Plastic Free

Social Value Wales Policy

 

Outstanding Social Enterprise

Refurbs Flintshire – Creating Homes, Creating Opportunities

Community Energy Facilitation

Play It Again Sport

 

Sustainable Education or Training

Coastal Curriculum

Cash 4 Change projects

Mock COP – United Nations Style Climate Change debate for young people

 

Public Vote

The Public Vote opens on the Sustainable Academy Awards website from today Wednesday 10 October and closes Wednesday 31st October.


 

About the Awards

The Sustainable Academy Awards are organised by Cynnal Cymru and RenewableUK Cymru and recognise the work being done by individuals, community groups and the public sector, as well as small and large businesses.  The headline sponsor of the Awards is Wales & West Utilities with Arup, EDF, Natural Resources Wales and Welsh Government sponsoring some of the categories. Civil engineering company, Knights Brown is sponsoring the pre-lunch drinks reception and Enterprise is the sponsor of the celebratory drinks reception. [:]

Top Tips for creating an Award-winning entry for the new Sustainable Academy Awards

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With only a few weeks left to apply for the Sustainable Academy Awards, we’ve put together a few words of encouragement and advice from one of our judges, to help you create that Award-winning entry.

As always we are looking for outstanding individuals, projects or initiatives that are helping to deliver at least one of the seven national goals of the Well-being of Future Generations Act, contributing to the environmental, social, cultural and economic sustainability of life in Wales.

Our 2017 winners had some truly inspirational stories to tell with applications coming in lots of different shapes and sizes. From Down To Earth’s focus on integrating eco-building and natural materials to boost mental wellbeing to the resource efficient Our Space project where social enterprise Green Stream Flooring and large private company Orangebox collaborated with Public Health Wales to furnish a new large office space using upcycled and recycled materials and to the Griffiths’ Sustainability Challenge where one of our leading, home-grown private sector companies massively reduce carbon emissions, improved staff well-being and involved the community in their efforts to leave a lasting positive legacy each time they complete a project.

This year, the awards have expanded: in partnership with Renewable UK Cymru we now present the Sustainable Academy Awards. The new partnership will ensure that award winners not only receive due recognition for their efforts but that they join a growing community of organisations and people who are building a more resilient, wiser, kinder, prosperous and healthier Wales.

Top tips on Writing a Winning Application

Cynnal Cymru Sustainability Consultant and judge, Rhodri Thomas, shares some of his top tops when writing your application:

Tell us what you have you changed as a result of your actions. What has made a real difference to your organisation, environment or your community.

Provide facts and figures to back up your application. This can include financial savings or carbon cutting. If it’s a visual change, consider including before and after photos that help demonstrate how something has improved. Graphs are welcome.

Remember to include the big and the little things. As well as the high impact achievements make sure you capture the smaller things that have had a positive effect. Also try to include the surprising or unintended results that have made a difference.

Keep your answers concise and to the point – The judges have hundreds of entries to read so keep it simple and focus on the highlighting the key achievements of the project to really grab the judges’ attention. Try to use plain English, avoiding specialist jargon or over technical descriptions.

Sustainability is all about long-term thinking, so your submission can be part of a much bigger project. The key criteria is that your project has reached a significant milestone in the last year which has already created change.

Always keep in mind the Five Ways of Working outlined in the Application Guidance pack.

 

Sustainable Academy Awards

All the information on the Awards and how to apply can be found on our new www.sustainableacademy.wales website.

Applications need to be submitted by the deadline of Friday 08 September 2017.

You can also find the Awards on twitter @wales_academy and at @academi_cymru[:]

New awards put Welsh sustainability on a world-class stage – Sustainable Academy Awards launched

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A new awards ceremony aimed at the sustainability and green energy sectors has been announced today.  The Sustainable Academy Awards will take place on 29 November in the iconic and low-carbon Principality Stadium in Cardiff and are a collaboration between Cynnal Cymru and RenewableUK Cymru.

The event builds on the success of the Wales Green Energy Awards and the Sustain Wales Awards and will celebrate sustainability excellence, innovation and leadership across Wales.  The Awards recognise work being done by individuals, community groups and the public sector, as well as small and large businesses.

Wales & West Utilities has already been confirmed as the headline sponsor of the event with Welsh Government sponsoring the Outstanding Renewable Energy Project, and Natural Resources Wales sponsoring the Sustainability Champion.

Mari Arthur, Director of Cynnal Cymru, said:

“The Sustainable Academy is an exciting new initiative, founded by Cynnal Cymru and RenewableUK Cymru to bring together expertise from across the sustainability and green energy sectors in Wales.  The Awards are my favourite event each year as we recognise the contribution being made by different sectors to make Wales a sustainable nation, working as one to deliver on the Wellbeing of the Future Generations and Environment Acts.”

 

David Clubb, Director of RenewableUK Cymru, said:

“It’s no coincidence that the stadium, host for world-leading acts, superb entertainment and moments of high drama over the years, has been selected as the venue for these new awards. We anticipate a huge level of interest, and a fabulous event on the day.”

 

Steven Edwards, Director of Regulation and Commercial at Wales & West Utilities, said:

“We’re working hard to deliver a future energy system that is affordable, reliable and sustainable for the communities we serve.  So we’re delighted to be the headline sponsor of the Sustainable Academy awards – a wonderful opportunity to recognise and celebrate the hard work being done by so many individuals and organisations, and it is an honour to be part of that.”

 

The nine categories are:

●     Sustainability Champion sponsored by Natural Resources Wales

●     Outstanding Renewable Energy Project sponsored by Welsh Government

●     Sustainable Space

●     Sustainable Business

●     Sustainable Innovation in the Public Sector

●     Sustainable Community

●     Innovation in Sustainable Procurement or Supply Chain

●     Outstanding Social Enterprise

●     Sustainable Education or Training

 

Sustainable Academy Wales – Applications

Further information about entry criteria is on the Sustainable Academy Awards web site – www.sustainableacademy.wales – together with details of how to enter.

Entries should be submitted by midnight on Monday 10 September.  Three entries per category will be shortlisted to be put to the public vote.

These votes will be added to the results from a panel of independent judges to decide the winners.  The judges’ decision is final.  Shortlisted entries will be informed shortly after the closing date and winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 29 November 2018 in the Principality Stadium.


There are still opportunities to sponsor categories and various aspects of the event.  To find out more details about what is available, please get in contact with awards@cynnalcymru.com[:]

WCVA | Nominations are now open for the Wales Volunteer of the Year Awards 2018

[:en]Do you know of an inspirational individual or group that has made a real difference to their area or to the lives of others?

Recent data from the Third Sector Data Hub shows that 28% of people in Wales volunteer. If you know someone who goes above and beyond to donate their time to a good cause, why not nominate them for a Wales Volunteer of the Year Award? It’s your chance to get these remarkable people the recognition they deserve.

There are six categories for nominations:

– Adult  (25 years and over)
– Young volunteer (under 25 years)
– ‘Green’ volunteer (individual of any age who volunteers with an environmental organisation or project)
– Trustee
– Groups (two or more individuals, whether as an informal group or a formally constituted organisation)
– ‘Digital’ volunteer  (an individual who has helped tackle digital exclusion and helped others to experience the benefits of using ICT) supported by Digital Communities Wales

To nominate an inspirational individual or to find out more, visit the WCVA Wales Volunteer of the Year web page.

The closing date for nominations is 20 April 2018.

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2018 Living Wage Champion Awards

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There are 4 weeks left to apply for the 2018 Living Wage Champion Awards and Cynnal Cymru would like to encourage Welsh organisations to apply for the awards. The Living Wage Champion Awards celebrate individuals and organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to the Living Wage movement.

The Awards are open to all accredited Living Wage Employers, Recognised Service Providers and individuals who have gone above and beyond to promote the real Living Wage.

The categories for the 2018 Living Wage Champion Awards are:

Industry Leadership Award (3 awards)

Three awards for employers leading change in particular industries.

 

Friendly Funder Award

An award for a Friendly Funder, showing leadership on the Living Wage through grant-making.

 

Recognised Service Provider Award

An award for a Recognised Service Provider, showing leadership on the Living Wage in the FM or services industry and successfully championing the Living Wage to clients.

 

Living Wage Innovation Awards (1 for a large organisation, 1 for a small organisation)

An award for organisations showing innovation or furthering the reach of the Living Wage – whether that be in their procurement, their influence or employment practices that complement the Living Wage and reduce in-work poverty.

 

Local Authority Leadership

An award for a local authority who has shown innovation and leadership in furthering the reach of the Living Wage.

 

Civil Society Leadership (3 awards)

Three awards for members of civil society who have gone above and beyond to champion the Living Wage. Applications will be through public nominations rather than applications.

 

Employees’ Choice Award

An award, that will be selected from the applications from all the other awards, based on the testimonies given. It will celebrate those employers who have made steps to and succeeded in reducing in-work poverty and improving the well being of its employees. This award is not open for applications.

 

The Awards are free to enter, and the deadline for applications is 20th February 2018. The winners will be announced in early June.

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Finalists announced for Tidy Wales Awards 2017

[:en]Keep Wales Tidy, a leading environmental charity, is delighted to announce the shortlisted finalists for the Tidy Wales Awards 2017 which recognise groups who work tirelessly improving their local area.

These unsung green heroes throughout Wales have inspirational stories to tell of how their volunteering has improved not only their local environment through reducing litter and protecting wildlife habitats but have also created links in communities, bringing people together and, in some instances, reducing the impact of poverty.

The Tidy Wales Awards are supported by Viridor, one of the UK’s leading recycling, renewable energy and waste management companies. Viridor’s Managing Director Phil Piddington said the company and Keep Wales Tidy were both committed to encouraging the public to put the right stuff in the right bin.

He said: “This message is key not only to the Keep Wales Tidy mission but also Viridor’s commitment to encourage residents to recycle all that they can so that the waste which remains, that which cannot be recycled, is transformed into low carbon energy.

“We look forward to joining the charity in celebrating the work of the inspirational Welsh people who work tirelessly to improve their local environment.”

Lesley Jones, Chief Executive of Keep Wales Tidy, said:

“For more than 25 years, the Tidy Wales Awards has celebrated inspirational people of all ages taking part in a wide range of green initiatives, all with the common goal of making a difference in their communities. Congratulations to all the shortlisted volunteers, schools, businesses and organisations. We look forward to seeing you at the Awards ceremony and best of luck.”

The shortlisted three groups for each category will be invited to attend a prestigious award ceremony to be held in Cardiff on 20 November 2017, hosted by S4C presenter Sian Thomas and rugby champion, Tom Shanklin.[:]

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