The annual Crystal Trophy Awards were handed out on Thursday afternoon (4 April) with Merthyr Tydfil Housing Association, Rhondda Housing Association and Safer Merthyr Tydfil making the finals shortlist.

Safer Merthyr Tydfil took home the coveted Crystal Trophy and a prize fund of £1,000 for their Reconnect 50+ project.

Reconnect is a mentoring project which helps people aged 50+ who are lonely and isolated find the confidence to leave the isolation of their homes.

Each year the Crystal Trophy Awards recognise the achievements of local community groups and organisations who are working to improve health and wellbeing across Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil.

Collecting the award, Helen Mcshea from Safer Merthyr Tydfil said: “I’m chuffed to bits for everyone who has participated and for the future of the Reconnect project. It will only work if people really do reconnect with one another.”

Professor Marcus Longley, Chair at Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, who presented the awards, said: “These awards help to showcase the great work that’s happening in our communities to improve health and wellbeing. Today has been an opportunity to see some of the many examples and demonstrates that we can all make a real difference.”

Other awards also presented include:

2nd Prize (£750) for Hapus Pawb? run by Rhondda Housing Association.

Hapus Pawb? is a six week health and wellbeing course for tenants and community members which supports them to better manage and improve their mental and physical health.

3rd Prize (£500) for Fit and Fed Merthyr Tydfil run by Merthyr Tydfil Housing Association.

Fit and Fed is a project to help reduce the burden of holiday hunger faced by children and young people during the school holidays. The project also runs a range of activities to help ensure that children and young people get physically active.

Next year’s awards will be extended to include the Bridgend County Borough reflecting the recent boundary change for Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board.

All that glitters and sparkles at the annual Crystal Trophy Awards