Residents from Ethel Street in Neath were among those taking part in this year's 'The Big Lunch' - an annual, UK-wide get-together designed to foster friendship between neighbours. The Duchess of Cornwall is Patron of the project.
This year's Big Lunch project - an annual get-together designed to foster friendship between neighbours - is taking place across the country today.
Residents of Ethel Street in Neath have taken part in The Big Lunch since 2009, and were recently given a prestigious community award by the Duchess of Cornwall, who is Patron of the Big Lunch.
Local families were praised for transforming the area - one of the most deprived in Wales - after they started meeting once a year and getting to know each other over a meal.
Organiser Emma Knight, who accepted the award in April on behalf of the community, said at the time: "Since we all got together in 2009 we've really transformed the atmosphere of Ethel Street.
"Most people now know their neighbours really well and would think nothing of popping next door for some spare milk or sugar, and elderly residents don't have to feel afraid of the young people because they know them all!"
Residents of Ethel Street in Neath say it's a 'really wonderful feeling' to have their community spirit recognised by the Duchess of Cornwall.
They have received an award for their ongoing participation in the annual Big Lunch project, which is designed to bring the community closer together.
The area we live in has some of the worst deprivation rates in Wales. Unemployment is high and there are lots of health problems. There wasn't much community spirit or pride at all - but that's all changed now.
Since we all got together in 2009 we've really transformed the atmosphere of Ethel Street. Most people now know their neighbours really well and would think nothing of popping next door for some spare milk or sugar, and elderly residents don't have to feel afraid of the young people because they know them all!
Residents living in one of Wales' most deprived areas have received a special award from the Duchess of Cornwall in recognition of their community spirit.
For five years, Ethel Street in Neath has taken part in the 'Big Lunch' project - an annual event designed to bring communities closer together - and neighbours say the difference has been 'incredible'.
Ethel Street beat 35 shortlisted communities from hundreds of applicants across the UK.
Two representatives attended a ceremony at Clarence House on behalf of the whole street, where they accepted the award from the Duchess of Cornwall - patron of the Big Lunch project.