Admiral Business of the Year 2016
Winner: Cartrefi Conwy
The judges were unanimous that Cartrefi Conwy was the clear winner of this title for its impressive range of arts partnerships which truly stand as a model of excellence. 3 nominated projects perfectly illustrate the business’ commitment to communities and wellbeing.
The social landlord actively works to improve the lives and health of its tenants and 2 visual arts projects focussed on the over 50s. Painter Jan Gardner ran workshops at Cysgod y Gogarth – an Independent Living Scheme in Llandudno. Her use of vibrant colour proved particularly beneficial for elderly tenants suffering from conditions such as depression and dementia. The resulting artwork is displayed at Cysgod.
Also exhibited is work produced through the ongoing partnership with Oriel Colwyn’s Paul Sampson. 12 older tenants developed their skills in digital photography which improved their confidence in using the internet and social media. The project continues to grow and new members have joined the original group.
Cartrefi Conwy’s sponsorship of the North Wales International Music Festival’s Community Tour engaged all age groups and enabled professional musicians to perform for many people who otherwise wouldn’t experience classical music.
The judges agreed that all 3 arts partnertships put into action Cartrefi Conwy’s tag line ‘creating communities to be proud of’ and its mission to actively encourage the participation of everyone and respect the needs of all.
ScottishPower Foundation for its support of The Aloud Charity, National Library Wales & Theatr Clwyd.
Western Power Distribution for its partnerships with Hijinx, Music in Hospitals & the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.