Promoting Independence Awards 2018 What are the awards? The independence awards champion the work of an often overlooked sector. The housing-related support and homelessness sector works with a wide variety of people across Wales, often some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. These awards are an opportunity for people and organisations to be recognised for their innovative, often life-changing work. The awards are hosted by Cymorth Cymru. This years nominations We are delighted to be nominated and short-listed for the National Promoting Independence Award for Creativity for our Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) Project. The ACEs project provides tailored support, taking a trauma-informed approach to ensure those identifying receive the best possible opportunity to address physical and emotional wellbeing. The project works closely with Health, Police, Social service, Homeless services and Drug and Alcohol services to increase their knowledge of ACEs and develop a 2 way referral pathway. We envisage that as a result of engaging with the project, those affected would see a decrease in the potential risk of health problems, an increase in resilience and understanding of toxic stress and therefore be better equipped to make healthy lifestyle choices in the future. Addressing adversity at its earliest stage will significantly improve the health and wellbeing of those affected and promote a healthier future for all. The delivery of the toolkit is currently unique to WA-RCT and is the first to be delivered in Wales to date. Find out more about our ACE's project Special mention We would also like to wish Cheryl Emery, Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council luck on her nomination for the Commissioner Of The Year Award.