Resilience of Sparkle is celebrated through two award nominations

We have been celebrating after being nominated for a Charity of the Year award for the second consecutive year in the upcoming South Wales Health & Care Awards.

The award scheme, organised by the South Wales Argus is held in association with the University of South Wales and highlights the commitment and enthusiasm of organisations in the healthcare sector.

Additionally, a Sparkle Volunteer is among the 3 finalists in the Volunteer of the Year category.

For over 2 decades, we have been making a significant impact on the lives of children and young people with disabilities in Gwent. The guiding principle of Sparkle is to provide them with the necessary support to access the same opportunities as any other child.

A lot of these children have nowhere else to go to make friends or to enjoy the childhood life experiences so vital for development but which are not available to them due to their complex needs. When families have nowhere to turn to, we are there to help.

Speaking at the event last year, a young person named Carly who receives support from Sparkle said:

"I've been with the Sparkle Community for over a year now, and this has been the most blessed and happiest year of my life."

Like many charities, we faced a financial crisis due to the COVID pandemic causing our children and families to be disconnected from their support network overnight.

Our team worked consistently to ensure the charity not only survived but thrived. We are delighted that our hard work is recognised through this nomination, which highlights how vital our support is to many families in Gwent.

Sparkle Volunteer Anthony Wilkins has also been nominated in the 'Volunteer of the Year' category. Anthony is a vital member of our team who volunteers weekly with the grounds and maintenance crew at Serennu by assisting in the day-to-day upkeep of the site.

Anthony Wilkins said:

"My daughter, niece, and nephew have all had treatment at Serennu so I was well aware of the work Sparkle did before signing up. I have been volunteering for two years now and as well as it being rewarding, I have made many friends. I am part of a committed and dedicated team making a difference to the community and I would recommend volunteering to anyone who has the time."

We are excited to attend the Health and Care Awards ceremony in Chepstow later this month.