Trivallis has been recognised as the best of the best for its ‘Volunteering Impact in Wales’ at the Responsible Business Awards.
The awards, organised by Business in the Community Cymru, saw eight organisations announced as the best responsible businesses in the country.
Trivallis scooped the top spot for the ‘Volunteering Impact in Wales’ award, which looked for organisations that make a real difference to the lives of people through volunteering.
Over the past 12 months, Trivallis has co-ordinated twelve major volunteering projects across Rhondda Cynon Taff where employees and partner organisations have given their time to make a real impact in communities.
One major project took place at Ysgol Ty Coch, a school for children with severe disability and learning difficulties based in Beddau.
The project involved turning a disused building on the school grounds into a family hub, where healthcare professionals can come to offer support and services to the families with children who attend the school.
Dave Jenkins, head teacher at Ysgol Ty Coch, said: “Ysgol Ty Coch was fortunate to be the focus of one of Trivallis’ volunteering projects and the impact could not have been more profound, or life changing for our school, pupils and their families.
“Trivallis brought together over twenty different partner organisations and together, they put in over 1,700 hours of work, something we simply could not have done ourselves.
“The family centre now sits at the heart of our school community and without the efforts and energies of the volunteers from Trivallis this just wouldn’t have happened.”
Trivallis also offers a volunteering programme which provides unemployed people from across RCT with the opportunity to work within its Estates and Communities team.
Volunteers are given on the job experience on a number of work streams including cleaning, painting and decorating as well as opportunities to gain qualifications such as manual handling and Construction skills (CSCS).
Successful volunteers are then given the opportunity to work on real contracts during six months of paid employment.
Since April 2017, over 180 people have taken part in the volunteering programme at Trivallis, gaining skills to get them job ready. 60 of these volunteers have gone on to gain paid employment as a direct result of the skills they gained from the programme.
Linda Jeynes, office co-ordinator at Trivallis, said: “When somebody comes to volunteer we sit down with them to determine what the best way to help is, we know not one size fits all.
“Help comes in the form of equipping volunteers with skills they need to find employment. We offer tools, training, support and opportunities that encourage self-reliance.
“We also offer access for volunteers to our in-house driving school. We recognise that having a driving license breaks down some of the barriers to employment, so the driving school provides free driving theory test support and lessons to all volunteers and staff.
“Since April last year, 42 people have taken advantage of the driving school with 10 having successfully passed their driving test so far.”
Business in the Community Cymru Director, Matt Appleby, said: “The Wales Responsible Business Awards are a celebration of incredible dedication by companies across Wales. We are united in a belief that business can improve lives and create a healthier society – and our winners, who fill us with optimism for the future, are exemplars of responsible business.
“Congratulations, Trivallis, on your committed responsible business practice – and for being the best of the best.”