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Award recognises contribution of creative activity to improving older people's lives

Penparcau Progressive Action Group (PAG) has won the Gwanwyn Award at the inaugural Age Cymru Awards ceremony for their involvement in a collaborative engage Cymru and Aberystwyth Arts Centre project, with funding from Arts Council of Wales, Gwanwyn and Ceredigion Communities First. PAG member Norma Round-Dipple said:

"Although all the members of PAG have various disabilities which cause great difficulties to everyday life, these are dismissed for a few hours each week when we come together to enjoy a range of activities from simply having a chat with tea and biscuits to stretching minds and being creative. We hope the award will raise the awareness of not only PAG as a group but the fact that artistic talents lie inside everybody if the opportunity is available." 

Norma was presented with the award by soprano Gwawr Edwards at a gala dinner in Cardiff on 8 February.

Age Cymru's Director of Income Resources Richard Nicholls said:

"Congratulations to Norma and the Penparcau Progressive Action Group on winning the Gwanwyn Award, in recognition of their contribution to improving the lives of older people through the arts. Every year, Age Cymru is privileged to work with incredible volunteers and participants through a range of programmes from healthy ageing work to our arts festival. We decided to celebrate the outstanding contributions that many people make to the lives of older people through the Age Cymru Awards." 

Posted on 1 March 2013

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