Photographing the BiTC Cymru Give and Gain Wales Day 2016Monday May 23, 2016
This was third year that I had covered the BiTC Cymru Give and Gain Wales Day and it is always one of my favourite photoshoots of the year. Give and Gain Wales is all about businesses helping their local communities by working on specific projects. My assignment was to take photographs at 5 specific projects and capture the essence of Give and Gain Wales.
At 8:30am, with dark clouds overhead and the smattering of rain, I was at the 1st project at the Maerdy & Ferndale Tenants & Residents Association with RCT Homes, Finance Wales and Quicksons. This was an amazing project, where an old, run-down building had been renovated into an important centre for the local community. Here the businesses were helping by painting the outside of the building and the surrounding railings as well as turning the overgrown grounds into a garden with borders for plants and flowers.
My next stop was just outside Tonyrefail at the Ely Valley Community Sports Park where RCT Homes, GE Aviation Wales, Lloyds Banking Group and R&M Williams were painting and also working in the grounds, transforming the overgrowth into an area where people could sit and unwind.
From Tonyrefail, I headed for Cosmeston Country Park and Medieval Village near Penarth. Only when I arrived did I find out that the teams from Welsh Government, Gleeds and Kaplan Aitior were working on paths at the furthest point away from the car park. Thankfully, by this time, the weather had broken and my 20 minute walk was in the sun. In fact, it was glorious! We managed to take some real fun photographs before I managed to hitch a lift back to the car park.
Photoshoot number 4 was at the Salvation Army's Lifehouse project in Cardiff, where the Office for National Statistics was totally transforming the gardens. The shed, benches and all the fences were painted, a new lawn was laid, as was a patio, and a greenhouse was erected. A few of the volunteers appeared to have as much paint on themselves as the fences!
The final photoshoot of the day was at Leonard Cheshire Disability's Llanhenock Lodge near Caerleon. I was not sure what to expect as a casino had been setup inside the home, run by the Office for National Statistics. All I can say is 'Wow'! There was roulette, poker and dice mixed with a lot of fun for all the guests. An amazing way to finish the day.
The BiTC Give and Gain Wales Day just shows what is possible and how business can help make huge changes in their local communities. Many of the companies who took part regularly engage in projects and not only for Give and Gain Wales. The benefit to local communities cannot be understated.
I was lucky enough to see 5 projects, from the Heads of the Valleys across to South East Wales, but there were many more. A selection of photographs from the 5 projects can be seen under the Business Events section of my website.
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