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Rural Community Development Fund Network

PLANED recently organised a community workshop for all Rural Community Development Fund (RCDF) applicants in Pembrokeshire. The RCDF is a grant scheme designed to prevent and mitigate the impact of poverty in rural communities. By addressing the impact of poverty it aims to improve conditions which can lead to future jobs and growth.

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Pembrokeshire raised rugby player powered by PLANED

PLANED, the Pembrokeshire Local Action Network for Enterprise and Development is pleased to announce that it has entered into an arrangement with Scarlets Rugby, as part of a drive to increase the reach and awareness of outputs and delivery of projects.

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Making the most of your community building

PLANED and PAVS invite you to find out about: IT support available; ways to attract volunteers; and the latest funding opportunities

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Creating affordable housing

A pilot project aimed at regenerating communities by encouraging affordable housing is underway in Pembrokeshire.

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The Great Place Scheme launches in the Preseli Heartlands

A project to help connect Preseli Heartlands communities with the unique heritage of the area has been launched.

The Ein Cymdogaeth Werin – Preseli Heartlands Communities project, led by PLANED will explore how connecting with heritage creatively can contribute to health and wellbeing and provide opportunities for young people through ‘hands-on’ heritage experience.

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PLANED appoints new Chief Executive

Iwan Thomas has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of PLANED.

He joins from the North Wales Economic Ambition Board, where he was their Regional Programme Manager, with specific responsibility for Skills & Employment across all six counties, and cross-border.

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Stitching Stories; telling tales in the Preseli Heartlands

Over Autumn and Winter 2018 Span Arts and PLANED will be working with communities in central Pembrokeshire to create a beautiful interactive quilt exploring farming, life on the land and personal connections to the Preseli landscape.

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Review of Community and Town Councils in Wales

The final report from the Independent Review of Community and Town Councils in Wales has been published.

Jessica Morgan, LEADER Team Manager at PLANED was part of the review panel, which was established to examine the key role of Community and Town Councils in Wales and the challenges they face.

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PLANED celebrates 30 years

PLANED recently celebrated 30 years of action for rural communities at its AGM held in the building where it all began, Bloomfield in Narbeth.

The line-up of speakers on the day included Professor Mark Drakeford AM, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Professor Sarah Skerratt from Scotland’s Rural College, where she is Director of Policy Engagement.

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Huge response to research reveals how communities tackle multiple challenges of rural living

Rural communities are coming together to improve their quality of life but feel as though they are becoming more remote, according to research from The Prince’s Countryside Fund and Scotland’s Rural College.

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Space to rent

We have two units available to rent at the Old School Estate, Station Road, Narberth

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Community Forum focuses on well-being

PLANED has held another successful event as part of the Community Forum Network.

Focusing on community well-being and resilience, the event attracted over 30 people from local town and community councils, community associations, Pembrokeshire County Council (PCC), Pembrokeshire’s Public Services Board, Welsh Government.

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We are recruiting

Ein Cymdogaeth Werin – Preseli Heartlands Communities Development Officer

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Help Shape the Future of Nolton and Roch

Villagers of Nolton and Roch are invited to a public meeting on Tuesday 3rd July at 6pm in Victoria Hall to help finalise the Nolton and Roch Action Plan.

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Digital training for a new age

18 June 2018

Digital Assets and Training for Rural Innovative Solutions, or DATRIS is a new mentor training programme, providing IT and digital support services across Pembrokeshire.

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Resilient Rural Communities

15 June 2018

A new hub for tackling poverty, based in Narberth, has been opened by Eluned Morgan AM.

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Help Shape the Future of Lamphey

12 June 2018

Villagers of Lamphey are invited to a meeting at Lamphey School to discuss the Village action plan.

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Celebrating Pembrokeshire’s Heritage

10 June 2018

PLANED has held another successful Heritage Day as part of the Community Heritage Network. Taking place at the National Trust’s Stackpole Outdoor Centre, the event tied into the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage and attracted over 30 attendees.

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We are recruiting

1 May 2018

PLANED are looking for a new Chief Executive Officer.

Read more and find out how to apply here.


£218,000 Heritage Lottery funding for Preseli Hills communities

29 March 2018

COMMUNITIES in and around the Preseli Hills will benefit from £218,000 of National Lottery funding thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund’s ground-breaking Great Place scheme.

The area is among five special places across Wales, celebrating as they share close to £1.5 million of National Lottery money to support their future cultural development.

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Pembrokeshire Community Buildings Network

22 March 2018

PLANED and PAVS are running a series of events to help join up communities across Pembrokeshire who are involved with their local village hall. The events will be an opportunity for communities to find out what funding is available, how to promote their hall to attract new users and volunteers.

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Enterprising solutions

26 February 2018

A new programme of peer support, mentoring and events to help community enterprises across all parts of Wales, called Enterprising Solutions has been launched by The Development Trusts Association Wales.

Enterprising Solutions is available to community organisations exploring, or setting up new community enterprise activity or in the early stages of trading. Read more about the programme and how to get further information here.


Regional Investment in Wales after Brexit

25 February 2018

Pembrokeshire stakeholders gather to discuss investment priorities for Wales’ future outside of the EU.

PLANED, in partnership with Pembrokeshire County Council recently hosted a stakeholder engagement event to consider regional investment priorities for Wales after Brexit and to start the conversation about what Pembrokeshire would want in the future and how this might be achieved.

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A Rural Voice across Europe

19 February 2018

Jessica Morgan and Liz Bickerton argue Wales needs a stronger rural voice

Delegates from 40 countries across rural Europe gathered in the village of Venhorst, Noord-Brabant,Netherlands from October 18th – 21st. The meeting of the European Rural Parliament brought together over 250 representatives from countries both within and outside the European Union, stretching from Iceland in the north to Georgia and Armenia in the east.

The European Rural Parliament is a long-term campaign to express the voice of rural people in Europe. It aims to promote self-help and action by rural people, in partnership with civil society and governments.

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