August 2018

Jason Richards, Swimming Coordinator, Buckley Leisure Centre

As Swimming Coordinator Jason has been an integral part of the team at Buckley since moving from Connah’s Quay in early part 2016. When he left Connah’s Quay the Learn to Swim programme had the highest numbers it had ever had. He continued this trend when he moved and the programme at Buckley has grown by almost 28% over the last 2 years and now stands a 1000 children on learn to swim, a high percentage of which have been encouraged to pay via direct debit. Jason will be the first to say that the success of the programme is down to a team effort, as well as an understanding of the importance of the programme as a core part of our business and the willingness of everyone to adapt to the customer needs. He works tirelessly to reach the targets and encourages others to do the same. He seems to know all of the children by their first names and on any given day at Buckley you will see and hear him talking to customers and interacting with the children on the programme. Well done Jason.


July 2018

Dan Williams – School and Community Sports Coordinator (Sports Development)

Dan has been recognised for this exceptional work on the Park Lives project running this summer. Working in 5 parks around Flintshire aspiring to get families engaged in physical activity, working with the PCSO, youth service, fire service, drug and alcohol team. Dan has established strong links with StreetGames and secured funding for future for these projects. In addition to this he has also been supporting the existing sport hubs that are already established. The project has run for 5 weeks during the summer holidays promoting health and wellbeing for all the family, using the inflatable pitch, the body zorbs and all the multi-sport equipment. We are currently in the 3rd week of delivery and have had over 300 attending the 5 parks lives session. Lastly, Dan has also set up courses to assist all staff in dealing with anti-social behaviour such as the alcohol and drug awareness course and the challenging behaviour course.



June 2018

Sian Roberts – Library Assistant – Mold Library

Sian is a full time Library Assistant at Mold Library and always gives 100% in everything she does. She always goes the extra mile for customers and colleagues and is an asset to the team and to Aura. An example of this is all the translation work that Sian does for her colleagues in libraries. Sian is a native welsh speaker and happily translates posters and other material for our libraries on top of her other duties. She always does this quickly and accurately and with a smile regardless of the demands of the day. This enables us to get material out quickly at no cost to Aura. Sian also delivers many events and activities in Welsh at Mold such as story times and holiday activities. She is a friendly and caring face to our many Welsh speaking customers and is supportive of her colleagues in their attempts to learn the language. Sian was also very happy to visit the Welsh medium schools in Mold, Flint and Holywell to promote this year’s Summer Reading Challenge ‘Mischief Makers’ and encourage the children to take part. She has also delivered class visits at Holywell Library.



May 2018

The programmes that these two employees are running are of great value and given that they are so similar we decided to award it to both of them.

Lisa Jones – (Customer Advisor, Deeside Leisure Centre)

Lisa had the idea to set up a social club for over 60’s and others at Deeside Leisure Centre, she was inspired to get people visiting our Leisure Centre for social purposes, tackling isolation and wanted to provide something enjoyable for this group of people within the community. She is a Dementia Champion, a subject she is passionate about, she has recently been signed off as an accredited dementia friends trainer and is delivering dementia friends training to her group. She does this in her own time but is also a very customer focused employee and is working hard to raise awareness of dementia within the community which is a great asset to Aura, well done Lisa.

Andy Bacon – (Attendant, Jade Jones Pavilion)

Andy had identified a need to develop and run a form a social group / club within the centre. He wanted to get people visiting the centre, to tackle community isolation and improve engagement at Jade Jones Pavilion. Andy went on a bowls workshop and decided to work with the management team to implement a social bowls session. Andy now delivers a social bowls session for community members every Tuesday and the feedback on the session has been great, Andy was also involved in delivering a session at the dementia friendly event at Jade Jones and is working towards becoming a Dementia Champion. It is great that Andy has got involved in something new having been an Attendant working in Flint for many years. A big well done and keep up the good work.

A big well done and congratulations to you both!


April 2018


Emma joined Aura back in the Autumn of 2017 through the Flintshire Trainee programme as our very first library apprentice, and from day one has been a fantastic addition to our team .

She is hardworking, positive and enthusiastic with excellent customer service skills . She has taken every opportunity to learn and develop within her role, and was recently appointed to a permanent position as library assistant at Mold library. Emma has the work ethic, attitude and ability to go far in her career.

Emma’s successes in 2018 continue to inspire, with her being named as Foundation Trainee of the year 2018 and asked to present her work at the Welsh National CILIP Libraries Conference.

A big well done and congratulations!


March 2018

MATTHEW DOWNES – (Leisure Attendant / Ice Steward) – Part Time

Matty was nominated by a number of his colleagues at Deeside Leisure Centre as well as members of the Deeside Leisure Centre Management team. All of the people who nominated Matty mentioned his efforts in going over and above to actively promote, market and advertise the Ice Rink Disco, which has seen a really big rise in numbers of people attending as a result.

Matty has also been extremely proactive in the implementation of a new system in which is now used to sell Ice Skating Aids (penguins and polar bears) to customers, even to the extent of identifying and implementing this system as well as providing employees with the necessary training in his own time. Implementing this system has seen a marked increase in sales compared to the same period last year and better service to the customers.

Matty is only contracted to a small number of hours with Aura and this goes to show what can be achieved in a small amount of time!

A big well done and congratulations!


February 2018

REG COLLINS (Caretaker / Housebound Assistant)

Reg was nominated by his library managers and support officers for his exceptional and noted services to the housebound customers, library customers and library colleagues. He has received a number of compliments from these customers whose comments include that Reg is exceptionally helpful, reliable and friendly. Some of these customers are very isolated and this service and Reg, in particular, are extremely valued.

It is noted that Reg regularly goes above and beyond what is required of him and is caring and compassionate to his colleagues (demonstrating the Aura Way)

A big well done and congratulations!


January 2018

JORDAN MAPP – JONES (Duty Supervisor)

Jordan was nominated by Leisure Operations Managers and other colleagues for his outstanding work commitments and efforts in relation to the role he played in the running of Theatre Clwyd Christmas Ice Rink.

Not an easy task to complete all of the required risk assessments, operating procedures and staffing challenges over the Christmas period and still managing to deliver great customer service to the Theatre and the visitors to the Ice Rink . He also managed the adversity and the challenge that unforeseen weather conditions present (and of all things to contend with it was snow!!), this was dealt with professionally and efficiently. Notable recognition goes to Jordan in the efforts made to presenting the monitoring and evaluation of the project in financial terms.

The management team also would like to recognise that this was a very big team success with other leisure colleagues heavily involved in its initiation and delivery.

A big well done and congratulations!