Llangennech group in the running for an 'Epic' award


One of the Age Cymru Sir Gar befriending links groups is in the running for an 'Epic Award' (Voluntary Arts Wales).
The public can help the Llanelli group win the award by voting for them online.
The group shortlisted for the award is the popular Llangennech Knit, Craft and Chat Group craft group which offers isolated over-50s friendship and a chance to develop skills.
To vote for thegroup, click on this link, http://blog.epicawards.co.uk/category/epic-awards-2014/shortlisted-2014/
You may need to register (if you haven’t already) and scroll down to look for the Llangennech group then click on the little green icon to vote.
Help this wonderful group of over 50s win this award.

The nomination on the Epic Awards website reads -
Popular craft group which offers isolated over-50s friendship and a chance to develop skills.
Established in 2012, Llangennech Knit, Craft and Chat Group was set up as part of a taster week in which basic knitting and card making skills were demonstrated by Swansea’s Hobbycraft.
The initial session was such a success that those attending decided to proceed as a craft group with the emphasis on friendship and community.
The group now gathers weekly at Llangennech Community Centre near Llanelli, with the volunteers’ subs going towards materials, paying for the venue and group trips.
The Llangennech Knit, Craft and Chat Group now has 40 members, with three volunteers helping to run the group which has gone on to engage fully with the wider community.
Examples of this include a donation to Red Nose Day, knitted blankets for Romanian orphanages and food provided for the Salvation Army Foodbank in Llanelli.
In the future, the group will continue to offer friendship to over-50s who may feel isolated within their community, as well as developing their skills in knitting, crocheting, card making, quilting and dress-making. This befriending service is part of the BIG Lottery funded West Wales Befriending Links initiative, which aims to reach over 3,000 people in such groups over the next five years.
“The group goes from strength to strength, and in June 2013 it celebrated its first birthday,” says Peter Morgan. “There is a tremendous unity within the group, they give each other lifts to the Community Centre and strong bonds have developed.”

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