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The Week That Was #170... 5 peeks behind the week at Working Word

From talking about career opportunities available across Wales’ food and drink industry, securing BBC airtime for fostering in Cornwall, sharing the love of football, shedding spotlight on the costume design skills of students and showcasing Principality Youth Leagues – we’ve had another busy week here at Working Word. Take a look at five peeks behind our week…


1. Talking food and drink careers in Wales

This week we encouraged businesses across Wales to sign an industry pledge to improve the appetite for jobs across the Welsh food and drink industry, on behalf of our client the National Skills Academy for Food & Drink (NSAFD). Although the food and drink industry is growing rapidly in Wales, the sector is struggling to recruit and retain professionals. To tackle this, and by signing the Skills Pledge, businesses are committing to engage with local schools, communities and unemployed people to inform and educate them on the career opportunities available within the sector.

We secured coverage in The Leader Wrexham, Wales 247 and News from Wales. You can read the online coverage here and here.


2. From derelict to welcoming: a garden transformation influenced by foster children in Cornwall

For just under a year, a group of Five Rivers Child Care social workers, foster carers and foster children have been working together to transform a once-unused and unkept outdoor space into a calm and welcoming garden. Influenced by foster children in the area to have a space, the garden is home to floral beds, vegetable gardens, garden furniture and a painted mural with flowers and butterflies. This garden is great opportunity for young people in care to spend time working together for the benefit of their local community, explore their creativity and be given responsibility to care for something they love.

To spread the word of the garden, which is located at Five Rivers’ Truro office, we organised for BBC Radio Cornwall to attend the garden’s grand opening and see first-hand the transformed space. BBC Radio Cornwall’s Claire Rowley interviewed Five Rivers Truro Service Manager Sarah Wells, Foster and Support Worker Melanie Chope and foster carer Vivienne Gillard. You can listen to the airtime here!


3. Wales’ international team give advice to Wales’ Homeless World Cup squad

One team includes stars from clubs like Liverpool and Chelsea who’ve played Champions League football, FA Cup finals and major international matches. The other is made up of women who’ve experienced social exclusion through homelessness, substance misuse, mental health problems or cultural issues. This week, we arranged for the Homeless World Cup women’s team to be given a special opportunity to be spectators while Wales women were taking part in a training session ahead of their match against New Zealand. The Homeless World Cup team met footballing stars: Loren Dykes, Natasha Harding, Sophie Ingle and Rhiannon Roberts to pick up tips on how to prepare for representing your country ahead of the Homeless World Cup tournament which takes place between Saturday 27th July and Saturday August 3rd in Bute Park, Cardiff. The special meeting featured on the BBC, ITV and Cardiff TV.


4. College learners bring Shrek The Musical to life on stage

We shared the story of 27 Coleg y Cymoedd costume construction learners who have seen their creations come to life on stage at Cardiff’s New Theatre for the live action remake of the hit film Shrek.

The learners worked tirelessly to create over 30 costumes, as well as an array of props, for Shrek The Musical, which ran at the New Theatre from 29th May – 2nd June. We secured coverage for the story in the South Wales Echo, as well as on Wales 24/7 here and News from Wales here.


5. Capturing a rugby team’s incredible story on film for Principality

For the past few seasons, we’ve been working with Principality Building Society on Scrum Home, a film series showcasing the Principality Youth Leagues and the positive impact they have on local communities across Wales.  For the final film of the 2018/19 season, we travelled to Mountain Ash Youth RFC – a team who were facing the prospect of being disbanded at the start of the season before going on to win the treble months later – to catch their story on camera.  Catch the film above and other parts of the series here.