Each year community projects that contribute to the promotion of healthy lifestyles and prevention of ill health throughout Cwm Taf are invited to apply for the Crystal Trophy Award. The award funded by Cwm Taf Health Board in partnership with Interlink and Voluntary Action Merthyr Tydfil recognizes the valuable contribution that local projects make to increase the well-being of those they support including individuals, groups and families living in Cwm Taf.

Earlier in the year our Athena project was nominated for the award in recognition of the work undertaken to increase the safety, support and well-being of women aged 50 plus and effected by domestic abuse in RCT. This year, the crystal trophy award celebrated its tenth anniversary and to mark the occasion an awards ceremony was held on Wednesday 9th May at the Soar Centre in Tonypandy, Rhondda.

Today we are pleased to announce that our Athena project was successful and has been awarded the Crystal trophy award 2017/18. The award was presented to our CEO, Charlie Arthur and Project Officer Rhyanne Rowlands by Marcus Longley, Chair, Cwm Taf University Health Board. The award also included £1000 for the project and will be used for on-going group sessions and a summer activity / trip to support those who access the projects services.

Athena Project Officer Rhyanne Rowland said

It has been a pleasure to be part of such an inspirational project. The project has clearly highlighted the need for specialist, tailored support services for women aged 50 plus and effected by domestic abuse and sexual violence


(Left – right) Cabinet Member for Prosperity & Well-being Rhys Lewis, Amanda ………….., Rhyanne Rowlands, Athena Project Officer, Charlie Arthur, CEO, Women’s Aid RCT, Marcus Longley, Chair, Cwm Taf University Health Board


We would also like to give a special mention to the two runner-up projects for the award which included Merthyr Housing Association and Merthyr and the Valleys MIND. Both projects highlighted the excellent work and valuable contribution that local community projects can make to people’s lives by improving health and well-being.