National Happiness Award recognition for Aberdovey Catering Team

Aberdovey Catering Team IMG 1948We are very proud to announce that the Aberdovey Catering Team have been recognised as one of the UK's happiest teams.


The National Happiness Awards are now in their second year, and in 2017 hundreds of entrants applied to win one of their coveted awards. Their independent panel of judges led by the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) shortlisted the Aberdovey Catering Team as one of three finalists for the happiest team award - out of a field of over 120. In November 2017 the team headed to London to celebrate their success at a gala dinner with all the other award category finalists.

We became more of a team, learned to laugh in times of adversity and basically turned something that could have been negative into something positive Paul, Chef Manager

Paul Almond, Chef Manager at Aberdovey tells us about their nomination
"In the summer of 2017, Outward Bound decided to refurbish the old dining hall at Aberdovey. So for six weeks the catering team had to transport all of the food we cooked in the kitchen in army containers to the temporary kitchen and dining room 400m away. Every lunch we had to transport 400 sandwiches, crisps, fruit, cake and flapjack. Early shift started at 3.30am and late shift finished at 10.30pm - it was a long old day. But at no time did anyone fall out or give up, we kept going fuelled by humour. We became more of a team, learned to laugh in times of adversity and basically turned something that could have been negative into something positive.”

Happy Veg

Francesca Scott, Head of People Strategy at The Trust, said: “this is a real tribute to the whole team who have worked through very difficult conditions over the last year. Kitchens can be stressful places at the best of times but Aberdovey’s customers were fed just as well as ever despite the kitchens and dining room being rebuilt around them. This is a thoroughly well-deserved accolade for a team who have shown the power of teamwork throughout a challenging time at work.”

Their success follows The Trust winning the awards for happiest workplace and happiest employee in 2016.

Photos show:
Top - the Aberdovey Catering Team at the National Happiness Awards in November 2017
From L-R Laughology host, Dan, Dave, Paul, Paul, Cal, Alison and Laughology host
Bottom - even our veg are happy at Aberdovey!

The National Happiness Awards were launched in 2016 by learning and development consultancy Laughology. Laughology use the psychology of happiness and humour to help people and organisations develop and improve. They recognise the increasing importance that happiness plays in business and education. They honour organisations and individuals who put happiness at the heart of what they do.

Visit the National Happiness Awards website for more information.