Ruthin stalwart picks up volunteer accolade

A community stalwart from Ruthin has been honoured for his dedication and hard work to support people tenants living in a housing complex.

Gwyndaf Davies, Chair of the Trem y Foel Community Centre Association in Ruthin was awarded the Council Volunteer of the Year award at the Denbighshire County Council Excellence Awards, hosted in Llangollen.

He was nominated by Geoff Davies, Denbighshire’s Lead Officer- Community Housing. The nomination read:

“Gwyndaf “Jock” Davies has shown an on- going dedicated commitment to his community of Trem Y Foel, through running the local community centre,  organising regular social engagement opportunities, raising funds, running errands for local residents, keeping the communal areas looking nice and  making sure that all members of the community feel part of their community.

Margret Bennett a resident of Trem Y Foel  expressed her appreciation of the commitment Jock has shown to his community saying -   'Jock is always on hand to offer help, and is a friend to everyone '

“He encourages all new tenants to get involved with the activities. Spends hours in the garden and if you are unable to see to your piece of garden, Jock will do it for you. He waters the plants for everyone every evening. If something is needed in the community centre whether it be a box of tea bags or any new equipment Jock will go and get it. He never intrudes into your life, but he is always there for you.

“I spoke to a lady in her 80's the other week who told me she had put her name down on the council housing list. She said 'I only want to come to Trem-y-Foel because I'm lonely and want to be a part of a community '.

And that is what Gwyndaf Davies has helped to create A friendly happy community”

“Jock has made a real difference within the community of Trem Y Foel,  ensuring there  are regular and seasonal activates and celebrations held at the community centre for all residents to get in evolved.  These activities include –tea and chat, Bowles group, whist, fish and chip dinner, exercise classes, Sunday lunches, BBQ, Trips, music events, table top sales.

“Further to organising the regular community events Jock has dedicated his time to improving and maintaining the communal area and gardens of the residents to enter The Ruthin in Bloom competition, Trem Y Foel have been successful in securing The Ruthin in Bloom title for two consecutive years.

“Jock is a dedicated member of the community showing genuine concern for all residents wellbeing and will without asking put himself forward to make sure individuals are cared for and safe . Jock recently spent over 5 hrs in A&E with one of the residents and regularly make sure that other residents are able to make their GP and hospital appointments”.

Gwyndaf said: “I was delighted to pick up the honour from Denbighshire County Council. I love working with the residents in our community at Trem y Foel and  it’s like being part of one big family. I feel privileged to have been put forward for such a great award”.   


Posted on Wednesday 15th November 2017