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The Week That Was #267… 5 peeks behind the week at Working Word


Country-wide coverage for Foster Care Fortnight. The benefits of exercise on mental health. A new business venture for a talented teen photographer. Launching entries for this year’s CIPD Wales Awards. The mother daughter duo raising the next generation of mums and their babies.


1) Calling for more foster carers during Foster Care Fortnight

This week marked the start of Foster Care Fortnight, the UK-wide awareness campaign celebrating the amazing work of foster carers across the country. Not only does the campaign raise awareness of fostering, it reminds us all of the foster carers who positively influence and change the lives of children and young people in need. Read more about our client, Five Rivers Child Care and its partners, Safehouses Fostering, Foster Careline and Fostering Company North East and their amazing foster carers on Doncaster Free Press, Champion News, In Your Area Torquay, The Star Sheffield, In Your Area Southport, White Horse News, The Northern Echo, Halifax Courier, Milton Keynes FM, Hucknall Dispatch, Brighouse Echo, Chester’s Dee Radio and Shropshire Star.

We also secured interviews with our foster carers on ITV West Country and ITV West as well as print coverage in the Northern Echo.


2) "These classes have enabled us to feel human again"

With Mental Health Awareness Week running from 10th-16th May, 60-year-old Haydn Pritchard, a fitness coach from Ystrad Mynach, is sharing the importance of exercise for your mental health and wellbeing.

Take a look at the film we made above to hear all about how Hadyn and his dedicated exercise class members Roger Price and Rose Batton are getting back in the game as sports restrictions lift, and the mental health benefits this has brought to the community.  If you’re getting back into sport, share your journey with #BackintheGame #NolynyGem on social media.

Check out the video here:


3) A new business venture for talented teen photographer

This week, we shared the story of Euan Balman, a Level 3 creative media technology learner at Coleg y Cymoedd, as he follows his dream of opening his very own photography studio. Teaming up with his mum Delyth, the duo spent the last five months renovating and kitting out an empty workshop in their hometown of Llantrisant with support from Business Wales, Big Ideas Wales and Coleg y Cymoedd’s Futures team. Opening to the public this summer, the space will feature a permanent exhibition of Euan’s work, as well provide a range of photography services.

You can read more about Euan’s story in Wales 24/7, News from Wales and FE News.


4) Launching entries for this year's CIPD Wales Awards

This week we worked with CIPD Wales to launch its annual awards programme. The CIPD Wales Awards will be looking to celebrate those HR and people teams in organisations across Wales that have kept their teams going and shown true innovation and resilience throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

The CIPD Wales Awards 2021 website is now live for entrants to view the range of categories, sponsors and judges.

You can read more about this year’s Awards in Wales 247, News from Wales and HR News.


5) The mother daughter duo raising the next generation of mums and their babies

This week we shared the story of mother daughter duo, Michelle and Jasmyne, who are both foster carers and specialise in parent and child fostering. This specialised form of fostering involves looking after a parent and their baby with the aim of keeping them together as a family unit where possible and to help the parent develop the skills they need to look after their little ones. Between the two of them, Michelle and Jamsyne have supported seven young and vulnerable parents to ensure they can provide the best love and care for the next generation.

As part of our Foster Care Fortnight campaign and working with our client, Foster Careline which is part of the Five Rivers Child Care social enterprise family, we shared Michelle and Jasmyne’s story with Pick Me Up magazine. Pick up a copy and read the story in full!