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The Week That Was #191… 5 peeks behind the week at Working Word


From staycation inspiration, to living out BMX dreams in the World Championship, bagging award nominations and half term Halloween fun – it’s been another busy seven days at Working Word. Here’s five peeks behind our week…


1. Getting staycation inspo in Gower

What better way to get over the clocks changing and this cold spell than planning your next staycation? That was our thinking when we set up a blogger trip in collaboration with our client Visit Swansea Bay to Gower, the UK’s first ever Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Following her weekend in Gower, blogger Faraway Lucy posted a glowing review of her trip on her blog, sharing with thousands of followers on her social channels too. Giving some real staycation inspo, Lucy told her followers about how she had one of the best five meals she’s ever eaten in her life in Gower and how her accommodation was a “dream come true”’. Read the blog here.


2. BMX racer lives out his World Championship dream

On behalf of our client Five Rivers Child Care, we shared the story of Seamus Doherty, one of the UK’s best young BMX racers who made it through to the 2019 BMX World Championship in Belgium to represent Great Britain. In order to fund the cost of international travel, independent fostering agency Five Rivers stepped in to sponsor ten-year-old Seamus for the second time, enabling him to achieve his dream of competing in a second World Championship. We secured coverage of Seamus’ story in the Totnes Times, Kingsbridge and Salcombe Gazette, as well as the Herald Express in Brixham, Newton Abbot and Torquay. 


3.  Bagging award nominations for the Homeless World Cup

The Homeless World Cup was certainly one of the highlights of our year and it’s been amazing to find out that the tournament has been recently shortlisted for two big awards!

First up HWC Cardiff 2019 has been shortlisted in the Great Sport Story category at the Wales Sport Awards, which is taking place at the Celtic Manor on December 10th. And secondly, we have also been shortlisted for the Best Cause-Led Campaign at the Online Influence Awards 2019. The ceremony is taking place in London on November 22nd, so we’re currently dusting off our gladrags in preparation.

Photo credit: Daniel Lipinski.


4. Half-term Halloween fun at Oakwood

With the half term in full swing, many of you have probably been looking for fun things to do with the family over the Halloween period... and you’re not alone. Luckily, popular Welsh mummy blogger, Cardiff Mummy Says, has been putting together a comprehensive list of activities to enjoy with the kids this half term and we’ve been working with her to include Oakwood Theme Park within the round. So, if you’re struggling for things to do this weekend, why not take a trip to Oakwood for the final two days of their Halloween Spooktacular?!  


5. Making savings in the public sector

We love championing energy efficiency at Working Word and this week, we shared the story of Buckinghamshire Council who is set to save thousands of pounds a year after upgrading its street lights to energy efficient models with the help of funding from our client Salix Finance. You can read more about the story here.


And finally…  

We’ve been working with Welsh alternative rock band, The Joy Formidable, to announce the release of a very special edition of their acclaimed debut EP ‘A Balloon Called Moaning’. To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of their debut release, the trio have created a double album which includes the original 2009 EP, as well as a newly recorded acoustic Welsh language version titled ‘Y Falŵ​n Drom’.  The album was released today and you can get your hands on a copy here, or download on Spotify and Apple Music.

The band have also organised their own mini-festival, titled Formidable Fest / Gŵyl Aruthrol, to celebrate some of the best Welsh musicians and artists, as well as some of their favourite music acts from across the UK. You can get your tickets here.