Jade showcases independence at Cymorth Cymru awards Thursday 9 January 2020

A woman who helped lead Wales to a third-place finish at an international football event has taken home a personal honour.

Jade showcases independence at Cymorth Cymru awards

Jade Winder, 25, received the Showcase Award for Personal Achievement at the Cymorth Cymru’s Promoting Independence Awards.

Jade, who lives in Yr Hafod, supported accommodation in Denbigh, which is run by Gorwel, a business unit within Grŵp Cynefin housing association, was part of the Welsh national team that took part in this year’s Homeless World Cup in Cardiff.

Now in their 12th year, the Promoting Independence Awards celebrate the people and teams that provide support in Wales, and the work that is being done to help some of the most vulnerable members of society to fulfil their potential and maximise their independence.

The 17th Homeless World Cup saw 500 players from 50 countries take part in 4-a-side matches, and, as hosts, Wales played in the opening game.

Jade received the Showcase Award in recognition of her progress and the challenges she has overcome on her journey towards independence and better wellbeing.

She said the award, sponsored by Grŵp Cynefin/Gorwel topped an excellent year personally.

“I had to apply for the award but I really wasn’t expecting it,” she said.

“It was an amazing feeling to receive it and it’s been a fantastic year for me personally.

“It’s all gone so fast, you really do feel like a lot has been accomplished.”

Osian Elis, assistant manager at Gorwel, said: “We are really pleased to see Jade win this award after a fantastic year. The Homeless World Cup really took her out of her comfort zone and she has become an outstanding role model for young people.”

Cllr Bobby Feeley, Denbighshire County Council’s lead member for Well-being and Independence, said: “I would like to congratulate Jade on her latest success with this award and for her work as a role model for other young people. Jade is one of a number of people in Denbighshire supported to find housing through funding from the Council’s Housing Support Grant.”

Gorwel provides services to support individuals and families suffering domestic abuse and those at risk of losing their homes, as well as works to prevent homelessness.

For more information about Gorwel click here

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