The Week That Was #412

1. Mirror held up to stories of hope at the Homeless World Cup

Next week, The Beautiful Game, a sports drama based on the Homeless World Cup hits cinemas and streams on Netflix. We’ve been working to make the most of the opportunity for the charity close to our heart, across social, web, film and media. You can’t pick up a paper or turn on the radio without seeing or hearing Bill Nighy talking about the story of the film (Sunday Times, Financial Times, Lauren Laverne on BBC 6Music – check) but a piece we worked on in today’s Daily Mirror stands out. Ros Wynne Jones and Mizy Judah Clifton’s double page spread shares the story of Craig McManus who was living in his car before street football helped him rebuild his life and find his purpose. Read more here and check out the film from next Friday on Netflix.

2. Beach House: Behind the bar at one of Wales’ best restaurants

What’s it really like mixing up cocktails and choosing the wine list at a Michelin-starred restaurant on the beach? We went behind the scenes at the beautiful Beach House in Oxwich Bay to meet their bar supervisor, Iwan, and find out more about his typical day working at the restaurant. Trained as a graphic designer, Iwan now enjoys bringing his creative skills to mastering mixology, with taste tests a plenty and a focus on using the best of seasonal sustainable produce. Iwan’s Day in the Life content is part of a series of our Experience Makers campaign content with Working Wales and Visit Wales, showcasing the variety and creativity of roles in the hospitality and tourism industry. Last week we also heard from Little Welsh Foodie Naomi, who shared her delicious day in the life as a baker in North Wales. Stay tuned for more to follow!

3. The CIPD Awards in Wales 2024 returned to celebrate leading HR talent

A glittering evening celebrating the very best of HR and people development talent took place last week as the CIPD Awards in Wales returned for a seventh consecutive year with more than 500 guests celebrating at the Cardiff City Stadium. Event managed by Working Word and hosted by Jason Mohammad, this year’s awards saw more entries than ever before. The industry’s most coveted accolades went to 14 organisations and nine individuals including Wales and West Utilities, Pobl Group, Transport for Wales, Coleg y Cymoedd, Ogi, BBC Cymru Wales, and Julie Grabham of JGHR Solutions, just to name a few. We worked our media magic at the event and secured  coverage for the awards in HR News, Wales 24/7, South Wales Argus, and more.

4. Architect realises sustainable dreams

We love a side hustle meets career change moment here at Working Word and this week we were happy to share the story of Spence Gadsby, an architect from Newport who has launched a new business creating eco-friendly shepherd huts and all manner of sustainable spaces with the help of a Start Up Loan from the British Business Bank. After qualifying as an architect three years ago, and with life-long experience working on building sites with his dad plus time spent on carpentry projects recycling wooden pallets and scaffold boards, Spence was ready to establish his business designing and building the huts himself. Thus Ty Green was born and coverage followed in the South Wales Argus, Green Economy Wales, Wales Business Insider and Wales247.

5. Sending a vital voice note with comedian Leroy Brito

Where do you stand on voice notes? Love them or hate them? We asked Cardiff comedian and parent Leroy Brito to send his first voice note to a dads’ WhatsApp group this week, with a very important message about the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine which is available for all young people age 12 and 13 (school year 8), regardless of gender.  We’ve been working with Public Health Wales to share information about the HPV vaccine with parents, and Leroy broke his stance against voice notes to help share vital facts about how the vaccine can help protect children’s future health via posts on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.