The importance of highlighting the innovative work of town and community councils in Wales, was highlighted during the annual One Voice Wales Innovative Practice Awards, held at the Royal Welsh Showground.
With over 30 councils taking part and more than 50 applications submitted, the judges had a difficult choice. Mold Town Council submitted applications in five of the ten categories and picked up an award for each of the five.
Sam Roberts, Mold Town Clerk, said “This is the first year we’ve entered the awards and we were delighted to receive ‘Highly Commended’ in each of the five categories we entered. I think it’s well deserved recognition of the amazing support Mold Town Council receives from all the volunteers, businesses and organizations we work with to make Mold a great place to live, work and visit.”
The categories that Mold Town Council received One Voice Wales awards for were: Best Annual Report; Best Environmental Project, for Mold Spring Clean; Best Community Engagement Initiative, for the public consultations about improvements and protecting the heritage of Bailey Hill; Best Tourism Initiative, for the annual Mold Guide and all the events and festivals the Town Council organizes and supports; Best Local Council Service of the Year, for fundraising and installing 25 new defibrillators in Mold and organizing training for members of the public in their use.
In his opening address at the event, Lyn Cadwallader, Chief Executive of One Voice Wales, praised the fantastic work of town and community councils showcased at the awards. The importance of exchanging experiences and sharing best practice across the sector was also stressed. He focused on local community led change and key partnerships with the Welsh Local Government Association, and Wales Council for Voluntary Action, to enable local action to take place. Moving forward, Lyn thought that now, more than ever, town and community councils needed a collective purpose, especially in relation to non-statutory services previously delivered by County Councils.
One Voice Wales is the principal organization for town and community councils in Wales, providing a strong voice representing the councils’ interests and a range of high quality services to support their work. The Welsh Government and many other organizations recognize and consult with One Voice Wales on local government and other policies relevant to town and community councils.