Pauline Rees – Community Star
Pauline Rees from Troedyrhiw has been named as the second “Community Star” by Dawn Bowden AM and Gerald Jones MP.
Pauline was presented with a certificate and flowers in recognition of her fantastic voluntary efforts in a number of roles for the local community in Troedyrhiw.
Dawn Bowden AM made the presentation saying:
“Pauline makes a huge contribution to her local community and in the service of others. Whether helping at the local youth club or in teaching young people to cook. Pauline assists homeless people and others who are in need of a hot meal or some friendship. She is part of the Neighbourhood Watch group and helps with community litter picks. Pauline packs a lot in to her time. She also helps at Greenfield school above and beyond her job, and Pauline was central to seeing a carnival return to Troedyrhiw last Summer. Pauline is someone who gives so much back to her local community and is deserving of this recognition”.
Gerald Jones MP recorded a message of congratulations to Pauline as he had to be in Parliament for important votes. Gerald Jones told Pauline
“I offer my congratulations to you on becoming the newest “Community Star”. The work you are doing in Troedyrhiw really brings home the community spirit that exists in our communities. It is great stuff you are doing, and more power to your elbow. Keep up the good work and sincere congratulations|”
Dawn Bowden AM and Gerald Jones MP created the “Community Stars” award in response to the TV series Valleys Cops because they felt the programme reinforced negative stereotypes of the local area. They introduced a “Community Stars” scheme to highlight and recognise some of the great work taking place in communities across Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney.