The British Urban Regeneration Association has provided a forum for the exchange of ideas, experience and information for the diverse regeneration sector since 1990. As the leading independent champion for those involved in regeneration, BURA's unique strength comes form its diverse membership, which spans the private, public, voluntary, community and academic sectors.
BURA identifies and promotes best practice in regeneration, guiding and inspiring the sector's evolution and exploring the social, economic and environmental issues involved for all parties.
"Valleys Kids is truly inspirational and ambitious", BURA 2007
Winner Category: A Community inspired regeneration
Arts and Business
The A&B Awards are the UK's most prestigious awards celebrating excellence in the field of business/arts partnerships and sponsorship. This year's 30th Awards anniversary was an opportunity for A&B to look to the future, as well as highlight excellent success stories from 30 years of A&B Award winners.
The Arts & Business Awards are open to all businesses supporting arts events, projects or arts organisations in the UK and all businesses partnering with a British arts organisation overseas for an event or marketing project.
Barclays support of Valleys Kids brought music of a very different kind to life in the Rhondda Valleys in a collaboration between African musicians and children from disadvantaged communities. The project offered the bank a rare opportunity to enhance its local, national and international profile and promote racial harmony. This project was enhanced through the support of New Partners.
A longstanding partnership with Valleys Kids enabled Hugh James staff to work alongside disadvantaged young people to create a new Human Rights image for the firm's marketing strategy. This won Hugh James the Arts and Kids Award and the Arts and Business Champion of the Year. "We're very proud to have shared this award with Valleys Kids. For us it was a hugely rewarding experience to have been able to offer support and encouragement to Valleys Kids and to young people, many of whom were from deprived backgrounds. It was also humbling to see just how creative and talented they were; they were a delight to work with!" Gareth Williams, senior Partner, Hugh James.
2006 Champion of the Year
2006 Hugh James Winner Staff Involvment EDF Arts and Kids Award - Imagination Generation project.
2006 Commendation Barclays Arts and Kids Partnership
2007 Legal and General Winner Tesco Arts, Business and the Community Award - Back to the future project.
2007 Knox & Wells Winner Hugh James Arts and Small Business Award - Dream it Build it Project.
"In recognition of the vital support given to the arts by a business with fewer than 100 employees." Arts and Business 2007 Knox & Wells. See the 'Dream it Build it' film on www.YouTube.com/valleyskids .
"In recognition of a successful partnership that stimulates community involvement and inclusion in the arts. Legal and General and Valleys Kids demonstrated commitment and innovation resulting in tangible benefits to a distinct community" Arts and Business 2007.
Local Government Conference Award UK - Most imaginative and innovative use of European Funding.
Open access Play section UK National Play awards runner up.
Richard Morgan and Margaret Jervis, founder members of Valleys Kids were awarded MBE's in 1997 for services to the Community.