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BT volunteers win support for community groups in Wales

Grants of up to £1,000 awarded to local groups 

BT is rewarding organisations and community groups across Wales with grants of up to £1,000. 

The grants are being awarded through the company’s employee recognition scheme, the BT People Awards, which were launched last year. The scheme acknowledges BT’s volunteering heroes, who offer their time and skills to help people in their local community, by providing grants to organisations in which they are involved. 

Eleven groups in Wales have received grants to enable them to continue their excellent work in the community, including: Cardiff Rivers Group, Cardiff, Builth Wells Junior Rugby Club, Cwm Albion Colts in Swansea and Neath Little Theatre. A detailed list of the winning groups is below. 

Ann Beynon, BT director for Wales, said: “The People Awards really highlight the time and commitment that BT people are giving to their communities and provide a great opportunity to reward their community group or charity for their volunteering.” 

Joe McDavid, a BT Human Resources director, said: “BT has a long history of working with good causes to help improve lives. Together with our employees, we have a record of fundraising and support for our local community groups that we can be proud of. It’s also wonderful to see so many BT people using their professional skills to support such a diverse mix of community organisations and charities. We see volunteering as a two-way benefit as there are many development opportunities when new skills are brought back into the workplace. Some of these experiences can only be gained by playing such an active role in the local community.” 

Two hundred and twenty four applications were received for the first round of grants this year and 174 applicants received awards totalling £50,000. 

Applications were submitted by BT people from all over the world including Switzerland and Malaysia. These included a wide range of community organisations, from a children’s theatre to a pipe band illustrating the wide variety of activities BT people are involved with. 

For more information and to see a complete list of the latest award recipients please visit: www.btpeopleawards.co.uk or see what BT can do to help charities by visiting:www.bt.com/charityportfolio

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NOTE TO EDITORS: 
The winners in Wales are: 
• Rhiwbina RFC Under 9s, Cardiff, CF14 1UL £200 
• Ty Celyn Football Club, Cardiff, CF23 6SH £200 
• 415 (Merthyr Tydfil) Squadron Air Training Corps, Merthyr Tydfil, CF47 0TD £200 
• Builth Wells Junior Rugby Club, Builth Wells, LD2 3AG £200 
• Cardiff Rivers Group, Cardiff, CF11 9HB £1,000 
• Holy Family RC Primary School, Cardiff, CF5 3SN £200 
• FC Barry Mini Football Club, Barry, CF62 9PX £200 
• St John Cymru – Wales, Cardiff, CF24 5PB £500 
• Cwm Albion Colts, Swansea, SA1 8EY £200 
• The City of Swansea Pipe Band, Swansea, SA1 8QS £200 
• Neath Little Theatre, Neath, SA11 1BQ £200