MPYT is open to all young people between the ages of 14 and 24.
MPYT produces a large-scale autumn production every year, with companies of up to 40 talented young actors, musicians and technicians working under professional leadership and guidance. The quality of these productions, and the commitment of the young people involved, has ensured a loyal following and established for MPYT a well-deserved place on the cultural map of Mid Wales.
MPYT has no core cost support. Inspired by a desire to see the group continue, Buck Blake and Ben Wilson came up with the idea of a sponsored walk, but not just any sponsored walk. For the past four years, Buck and Blake have led a team of MPYT Walkers along the Offa’s Dyke Path in an annual fundraising effort. As well as leading the group, they are responsible for organising and booking of campsites, food, medicines, safety questions, participants joining or leaving the group, plus the running of the Crowdfunder campaign as well. They have raised around £8000 in the past four years.
The funding raised is used for critical admin and overheads that cannot be paid for by project-specific fundraising. Both lads are driven by an urgent desire to see MPYT carry on and remain viable in uncertain times when funding is limited, and continue to provide an outlet for creative aspirations of the young people of Mid Powys.
Their nominator said:
“These guys are amazing. For several years now, knowing their beloved organisation struggles to stay afloat from one year to the next they come up with some crazy impossible stunt to help the cause. They just keep going. Truly amazing.”
The South Powys Veterans is a small group of people who use their skills to utilise various other groups and organisations to help deliver their vision to provide an outdoor space at Bronllys Hospital to be enjoyed by ex-soldiers, staff, patients and local residents. Supporting organisations include PTHB, Bronllys Well Being Park, and the communities of Bronllys and Talgarth.
With a grant secured from the MOD Community Covenant Scheme the group have created a ‘Marking Time Woodland Walk’ and an ‘At Ease Therapy Garden’ in the grounds of Bronllys hospital creating two outdoor spaces that promote physical and mental health and wellbeing for patients, staff and visitors on the Bronllys hospital site. Their work has opened up the site to the local community and the veterans' community. They have enthusiastically contributed to other community projects on the Bronllys hospital site. They have actively engaged with the Bronllys Well Being Park on various projects, such as the Armistice celebration initiative and the Bronllys Chapel developments.
The veterans have also dedicated their time to the Powys Armed and Ex Forces Forum for a number of years, ensuring that improvement activity is guided and supported by the voice of armed and ex forces personnel. In addition, together with the Powys Mental Health Planning and Development Partnership, members deliver a joint action plan to ensure mental health services for Veterans in Wales who are experiencing mental health problems are able to meet needs in a timely and appropriate manner.
Their nominator said:
“As a result of their commitment, the hospital site now has two lovely areas that can be accessed that were inaccessible before. I believe this is an inspiring example of what can be achieved when community members work with the Powys teaching Health Board to make something wonderful happen.”
HoHW was started by Sarah Mason. The group gathers clothes, tents, toiletries, sleeping bags and may other essential items and go into the towns of Powys and beyond, and the cities of Wales and pass these items on to those who are in need. They also provide a 24 hour hotline.
All volunteers doing street-walks and having direct contact with the beneficiaries are given first aid and resuscitation training & drug awareness training. Volunteers provide a good support network for one another. Working on a locality model they set-up groups in places of need (they are currently looking at setting up in Abergavenny and Hereford). Volunteers in these locations are then also trained, supported and monitored ongoing.
There are around 30 volunteers across Wales trained to interact and support the homeless and an additional 70 volunteers who offer time in creating items to sell for funds, providing foot care, hairdressing and other additionally. They also provide between 50 – 70 hot meals for the homeless in Cardiff each weekend.
Their volunteering is driven by the belief that everyone should be treated equally and are willing to do anything to redress the balance for those in need.
They have an active social media presence and provide ‘live streams’ to illustrate their work. They also provide talks and presentations to share their experiences and spread the word about homelessness. Their fundraising efforts are highly successful.
Their nominator said:
“I think this group is a great role model for other volunteers in the way that they get out there, every week, and actually do the things that people want NOT just what they want to volunteer at.”
Hay Junior Football Club provides football for 80 children in the Hay area. The committee of 7 have worked hard to secure the future of the club following a period of uncertainty at the end of last season, with reduced finances and dwindling members. Since taking over at the club, they have turned things around seeing a growth in members, and improving the clubs financial viability.
The committee have also installed a real sense of community through the club. Volunteers are encouraged to help out, and have been supported to gain coaching qualifications and help out on match days.
The value of sporting opportunities provided by the club goes beyond the initial health benefits. There is a real sense of pulling together behind the club. Young people are given opportunities to get further involved in the club, making it more sustainable.
The club helps youngsters to thrive and provide then with an opportunity to keep fit, improve their skills, build confidence and overcome their own personal challenges. They have also provided opportunities for the youngsters, including an under 8’s training opportunity with Cardiff FC, visits and mascot opportunities at Hereford FC and a community Christmas day with a fundraising walk from Hay to Clyro. The club keeps the facilities and green space open for everyone to use. They also hold fundraising events for the club and for other charities.
Their nominator said:
“They have fought back when they faced uncertainty and it takes a lot of guts and determination for people to pull together and work hard to keep the club going – it has thrived and overcome these challenges.”
Photographs by Joe Purches of Ayton West Studio