Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Inviting entries for the 2016 Pat Chown Capturing Creativity award

Are you making a real positive difference to people’s lives in Wales? Are you doing that in a way you think is different?

If so, we would be delighted to hear from you with an application for CHC’s Capturing Creativity Award in memory of Pat Chown.

In the last 16 years, we have heard about so many marvellous things that have been done to help and support people in so many different ways.

Giving a flavour from the hundreds of entries we have received, there have been:
  • Homeless people being trained (accredited) and then going into schools to explain, starkly and powerfully from personal experiences, how drugs can mess up your life. 
  • A service which was set up to apparently help people with serious ‘de-cluttering’ issues but which actually addressed the multiple problems some people faced and helped them to change and improve their lives in so many positive ways.
  • A bus visiting towns and villages in north Wales to provide confidential and sympathetic advice and signposting on sexual health matters.
  • Training, work experience and follow on jobs for young people which also helped build their self esteem and confidence.

Not all the above won the award but they did make a mark. Also, there were loads more covering helping with financial inclusion, involving older people in their communities and on and on and on.

As you can see, these activities are wide ranging and that is at the core of the award. Alongside that is seeing that the worthwhile activity is taking some form of different approach. I know this can sometimes be difficult to decide, but it would be your opinion on it which the judges would then consider.

There are lots of great things going on in Wales, and we want to celebrate those activities.

Go on, put in an entry for the Pat Chown Award this year. It will be valued and, who knows, you may win! You can enter on CHC's website.

Also, just to add as an extra, the winners also nominate a charity for a £1,000 donation.

We look forward to receiving your entries!

John Chown, a member of the judging panel


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