Local community group have a splashing day at Llandegfedd Lake

29 September 2021

To launch Me and My Community week, Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water colleagues volunteered their services in local communities.

This involved litter picks at local rivers and beaches around our coastline, as well as volunteering at foodbanks. The Not-for-profit company also offered vulnerable customer groups the opportunity to enjoy a water sports activity of their choice at one of our beautiful lakes. These Random Act of Kindness are a way of the company giving back to local communities who are in need of a helping hand.

Throughout the week, three groups benefitted from this experience. The Welsh Water teams organised and coordinated activities with Tafarn Newydd Children and Families Service, Therapeutic Fostering Service, and Age Connects Torfaen.

Hannah Carpanini, Children’s Services Co-Ordinator for Action for Children, Tafarn Newydd Children and Families Service said: ‘’I would like to say a massive thank you for giving us the opportunity to participate in a paddle boarding session. The young people absolutely loved it. Their smiles said it all! We can’t thank you and Welsh Water enough.’’

Matthew Lewis, Service Manager for Action for Children, Therapeutic Fostering Service said: ‘’Our children had such a fabulous time and given that they have had a lot to cope with in their young lives, this kind of experience is so valuable for them. We would like to say a big thank you to Dwr Cymru Welsh Water and the fantastic team at Llandegfedd Water Sports centre for making it possible!’’

Laura Rehman Young Onset Dementia Co-ordinator for Age Connect Torfaen said: ‘‘The team and myself would like to thank Dwr Cymru Welsh Water for the session today, the group thoroughly enjoyed themselves and are eager to return. It was a really lovely morning for them all. We would also like to thank the team for all their help!’’

Claire Roberts, Head of Community Engagement for Welsh Water said: “We’re a socially responsible company – this is what customers and colleagues expect of us. Me & My Community week is all about going the extra mile for the communities we serve and to know the groups chosen to take part in these activities had a great time is fantastic to see. The last 18-months has been challenging but it’s also shown us about the importance of family, friends, colleagues, and the communities where we live. We already play a key role in our communities by providing the most essential of services – clean water, treating and getting rid of wastewater safely and we’re delighted to support local groups in this way.”