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Aberdulais DreamScheme is short-listed for environment award

Aberdulais DreamScheme is short-listed for environment award

Dreamschemers 2012We are pleased to announce that our Aberdulais Dreamscheme has been short-listed for the Neath Port Talbot Environment Awards in the Green Project of the Year category.

The Dreamscheme is a community initiative working with children and young people aged 8-14 living in and around Gwalia’s properties in Aberdulais.

It aims to interest them in the village around them, engaging them with environmental activities which benefit the community. All work is based on a rewards system so participation in activities such as litter picking, fence painting and gardening earns the Dreamschemers points which can be saved towards trips during the summer holidays.

Our Executive Director of Housing & Community Welfare Lesley Penn spoke about how our Service Improvement Team works closely with the community in Aberdulais: "We have seen many benefits to the children getting involved in their own community - it gives them more pride in themselves and their surroundings.

“The community garden, in particular, has been a huge success; the children and young people learn about growing food, they then cook the food they’ve grown and it’s served at the annual Aberdulais Dreamscheme Tea Party where all the community get together.

“The young people are all so excited that their hard work has been recognised, if they could win this award it would provide a well-deserved boost for the community.

The Neath Port Talbot Environment Awards acknowledge, celebrate and reward projects that make a positive contribution to the environment.

Winners of the Green Project of the Year will be announced at an awards ceremony in Neath on November 9th.