One of our main areas of work involves identifying the issues that are important to communities that can then provide a focus for activity. Specific themes such as agriculture, history or the natural environment appeal to different groups and funding bodies. Themes can cut across geographical boundaries and bring different communities together to exchange ideas and work together as a network.
We have helped create and maintain a variety of Pembrokeshire-based networks which can be made up of public, private and third sector organisations as well as interested individuals.
Our current networks include:
Community Buildings Network:
Arranging events to help those involved with the management of halls and community buildings. For example, running visits to see halls benefitting from solar energy and ground source heating.
Community Forum Network:
Bringing together community forums and associations and community and town councils from across Pembrokeshire to discuss issues of common interest and concern, share their ideas and learn about successful community initiatives.
Community Heritage Network:
Arranging a number of events including heritage days bringing together those interested in the varied heritage of Pembrokeshire. For example, arranging a day to tie in with the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage with a focus on the walled towns of Pembroke and Tenby.
Pembrokeshire Sustainable Agricultural Network (PSAN):
Facilitates meetings for farmers and landowners to discuss sustainable agriculture. Each meeting usually includes a guest speaker on a relevant topic. PSAN also runs sub-groups
- PSAN Food and Farming Schools Project: dedicated to promoting food and farming with young people, and raising awareness about where their food comes from.
- PSAN Wildfire Group: working with landowners and communities to help reduce outbreaks of wildfires, including practical land management to help minimise potential damage.
Valuing the Environment:
Helping communities to develop the skills they need to design and implement projects that help and enhance the environment. We are arranging events aimed at recycling and reusing wherever possible, developing practical projects to improve quality of life. For example, arranging an event in 2018 to see whether Pembrokeshire is ready to go plastic free.
For more information or to get involved please contact our Networks Officer, Benjamin Thorndyke