PLANED Podcasts

Barry John MBE of the VC Gallery


June 14 2021

I visited Barry John MBE in Pembroke Dock in one of the VC Gallery sites. We spoke about the work that he does and its impact on mental health and wellbeing within the county.

In this episode Barry talked about both the VC Gallery’s website (https://thevcgallery.com) and Youtube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0MYwtX1-SzPXlzd5ZU5y1g)

 

Community Heritage at PLANED


May 24 2021

In the lead up to PLANED’s Community Heritage Week (31st May to 4th June) I talk to Stuart Berry about all things heritage. The details of this year’s Community Heritage Week can be found on his website, here: http://www.echoeswales.cymru/projects/pembrokeshire-community-heritage-week/

In this episode Stuart mentions his own Echoes Podcast, https://anchor.fm/pembs-echoes which is a fascinating exploration of local histories.






Tir Coed in Pembrokeshire

April 19, 2021

From the DATRIS Project supported by the National Lottery Community Fund

I took my portable recorder and sat in a beautiful piece of woodland with Nancy, Emily, Jerry and Beth one Spring morning in 2021 to talk about the organisation Tir Coed.

They told me about Tir Coed’s mission to unlock the potential of woodlands to provide a community facility, educational and health activities, and to create job opportunities for disadvantaged individuals in rural Wales. With the aim to make positive lasting change.

You can read more, as well as contacting them through their website: http://tircoed.org.uk

The Second Chance Caravan

March 24, 2021

From the DATRIS Project supported by the National Lottery Community Fund

Gareth ‘Gaz’ Owens is well known in Haverfordwest for being one of the founder members of that excellent coffee and clothing shop: Get The Boys A Lift. Well now he’s started a new venture called ‘Second Chance Caravan’ and in this episode he talks about mental health, positivity and how he hopes to use the caravan as a chance for people who have fallen out of the employment loop to get back into work.

You can read more here: http://linktr.ee/secondchancecaravan/

Hwb Narberth

March 15, 2021

From the DATRIS Project supported by the National Lottery Community Fund

put on a hard hat to talk to Andrew Rees and Donna Harding about the renovation of the old school in the centre of Narberth working with Pembrokeshire County Council (PCC).

They are building a food hub for the centre of the town, you can find out more from their website: https://hwbnarberth.com

The Dean of St Davids Cathedral

February  8, 2021

From the DATRIS Project supported by the National Lottery Community Fund

talk to the Dean of St Davids Cathedral, the Very Revd Dr Sarah Rowland Jones LVO OBE over a zoom link. We talk about what a cathedral is, what a Dean does and how lockdown has affected the work of St Davids Cathedral. 

You can find out more by linking to their website: https://www.stdavidscathedral.org.uk

You can follow the Cathedral on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/stdavidscathedral/); on Twitter (@StDavidsCath); on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/stdavidscathedral/) and on YouTube (St Davids Cathedral – YouTube)

You can also listen to the excellent Sackcloth & Coffee podcast (https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/sackcloth-coffee/) hosted by Revd Sophie, Assistant Curate and Minor Canon for St Davids Cathedral

Gary Nicholas, Leisure Services Manager for Pembrokeshire County Council

January 19, 2021

From the DATRIS Project supported by the National Lottery Community Fund

Gary talks about the existing Leisure Services within Pembrokeshire as well as an exciting new venture called Pembs Leisure Live. With this facility, Pembrokeshire County Council customers will be able to access fitness classes from their own homes during lockdown. It is the aim of Pembrokeshire Leisure Services to provide access to this resource in village halls and community venues across the county once lockdown restrictions are eased.

Tir Dewi: supporting farmers in Wales

January 11, 2021

From the DATRIS Project supported by the National Lottery Community Fund

I spoke to Gareth Davies, the CEO of Tir Dewi at the end of December 2020. In this episode, Gareth describes how his organisation helps people working on farms within Wales. From signposting other organisations to simply being a sympathetic ear to those who need it.

Tir Dewi can be reached via their website: https://www.tirdewi.co.uk/ or by phoning them on: 0800 121 4722

Pembrokeshire Care Share and Give

January 4, 2021

From the DATRIS Project supported by the National Lottery Community Fund

Towards the end of December 2020, I spoke to Amanda Absalom-Lowe, from Pembrokeshire Care Share and Give about her work recycling the waste that we produce and using the results to help to support other charities and people in need within our County.

The ethos of the project is to promote recycling and sustainable waste management in Pembrokeshire; to support people in need within our County; and to contribute to local animal welfare charities.

Fio Theatre Company, Cardiff and Summer 2020

November 9, 2020

From the DATRIS Project supported by the National Lottery Community Fund

Back in May of this year I spoke to Rhys Bugler about the Pen2Paper Challenge that they were running. We also talked about lockdown and how it was affecting people in the Arts. At the end of the podcast I asked Rhys if he would come on again and tell us about the project … and here he is. We discuss the Pen2Paper Challenge but talk about many more of the events that have happened since we last spoke.

Gareth Reynolds from Dale Sailing

November 2 2020

From the DATRIS Project supported by the National Lottery Community Fund

Gareth Reynolds whilst being the Managing Director for Dale Sailing in Neyland, and a Trustee with PLANED, is also embarking on a life changing challenge by rowing 3,000 miles solo, across the Atlantic this December. He talks to Iwan Thomas from PLANED about the impact of COVID on his business, his motivation behind the challenge, the charity he is supporting, as well as his playlist for the 45 days in the middle of the ocean!

To find out more about the challenge and to donate, please go to: www.atlanticdragonrow.com

Aled Rhys Jones in the PLANED Studio

October 26 2020

From the DATRIS Project supported by the National Lottery Community Fund

Aled Jones has a unique standpoint within farming in Wales. He talks with experience and clarity about the issues affecting farming during this pandemic as well as drawing comparisons with other epidemics to hit farming over the past few years. Aled muses over the interesting few months ahead and how they will affect agricultural businesses.

https://www.aledrhysjones.com

Bruce Sanderson, owner of Newsurf

October 19 2020

From the DATRIS Project supported by the National Lottery Community Fund

Bruce talks about the effect that lockdown has had on his business, www.newsurf.co.uk , this year.

We spoke just days before the Wales-wide ‘firebreak’ lockdown was announced on the 19th October 2020.

Returning to Rugby Fixtures with the Scarlets

September 3, 2020

From the DATRIS Project supported by the National Lottery Community Fund

Josh Helps was raised in West Wales and his rugby skills have enabled him to play Lock for the Scarlets (https://www.scarlets.wales) in Llanelli. He talks about his career so far and about the effect that the coronavirus pandemic has had on the game.

Men’s Sheds Cymru

July 14, 2020

From the DATRIS Project supported by the National Lottery Community Fund

Robert Visintainer, the Project Manager for Men’s Sheds Cymru (www.mensshedscymru.co.uk), talks about the Men’s Shed movement. We hear how it started in Australia and has traveled across the globe to support positive mental health and tackle isolation. Men’s Sheds Cymru is a Hafan Cymru project funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.

Patrick Nash on social enterprises, charities and values-driven businesses

June 26 2020

From the DATRIS Project supported by the National Lottery Community Fund

In 2016 Patrick started Connect Assist, a specialist contact centre which provides potentially life-saving support and advice to charity users 365 days a year, in many cases 24/7. As CEO, Patrick Nash has made a significant contribution to the lives of both Connect Assist’s users and its staff. He established Connect Assist to make a positive improvement to people’s lives. The social business provides dedicated helplines and digital services to public and third sector organisations, including the Royal British Legion and Barnardo’s.

PATCH: Pembrokeshire Action To Combat Hardship

June 16, 2020

Since June 2008 PATCH has been giving free food parcels, clothing and household items to those in a financial crisis in Pembrokeshire. They work closely with referral agencies to help those that are experiencing hardship through perhaps a delay in benefits, fire, theft and escaping emergency situations.

Website: http://patchcharity.org.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PatchCharityPembs/

Park Rangers at the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

June 8, 2020

From the DATRIS Project supported by the National Lottery Community Fund

The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is split into four parts, each one with its own quirks and qualities and although nowhere in the National Park is more than ten miles from the sea, there’s far more to explore than you may think. The coastline is backed by hills, estuaries, valleys and woodlands that allow you to discover something different.

The Park Rangers are the face of the National Park Authority. They have an intimate knowledge of the areas that they are linked to and can help both locals and visitors to appreciate the natural beauty of the National Park.

Libby Taylor is the Ranger Service Manager at the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority and she talks about the role of a Park Ranger and the effect of lockdown on the National Park.

You can volunteer with PCNPA: https://www.pembrokeshirecoast.wales/get-involved/volunteering/

Mentors at POINT during Volunteers Week

June 1, 2020

From the DATRIS Project supported by the National Lottery Community Fund

It’s Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June 2020) and it’s a strange one because we’re still in lockdown here in Wales. I speak to three people who volunteer at POINT, the Young Persons’ Trust in Fishguard, about their work mentoring the young people. This was recorded at home and you can hear the sparrows outside conducting their own podcast.

You can find out more about Volunteers’ Week here: https://volunteersweek.org

And about POINT here: https://www.pointypt.org.uk

Fio’s Pen2Paper Challenge During the COVID-19 Lockdown

May 18, 2020

From the DATRIS Project supported by the National Lottery Community Fund

Fio is a theatre company working across the UK and internationally to make interesting, political and provocative work that brings about social change.  Fio’s vision is a world where everyone has a voice to tell their story. They focus on those who are currently under-represented or misrepresented in society. Rhys Bugler is the Project Coordinator for Fio.

Instagram:
@wearefio

Website:
https://www.wearefio.co.uk

Post:
FIO
The Old Library,
Singleton Rd,
Splott,
Cardiff  CF24 2ET

Tenby Museum during the COVID-19 Restrictions

May 26, 2020

from the DATRIS Project supported by the National Lottery Community Fund

Tenby Museum & Art Gallery (www.tenbymuseum.org.uk) stands as the oldest independent museum in Wales.  Established in 1878 it continues to develop its collections and displays to preserve and promote the history of the town, giving a sense of place and heritage to both the local person and the visitor.

Mark Lewis is the curator of Tenby museum, he takes time out to talk on the phone about the current lockdown restrictions.

Hywel Dda University Health Board’s Response to COVID-19

May 11, 2020

From the DATRIS Project supported by the National Lottery Community Fund

Hywel Dda University Health Board provides healthcare services throughout Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.  It provides Acute, Primary, Community, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities services via General and Community Hospitals, Health Centres, GP’s, Dentists, Pharmacists and Optometrists and other sites.

We hear from Elaine Lorton, the County Director for the Hywel Dda University Health Board in Pembrokeshire, about their response to the COVID-19 situation. This was recorded in mid-April 2020.

Jamie Owen talks to PLANED about the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 5, 2020

From the DATRIS Project supported by the National Lottery Community Fund

Jamie Owen is the face and voice of some of BBC Wales’ most popular television and radio programmes. He’s best known to UK television viewers as the anchorman of the nightly news show BBC Wales Today. He has worked extensively abroad for the BBC World Service Trust, advising broadcasters in Ramallah, Jordan, Libya and Egypt. After leaving the BBC, Jamie worked for the Turkish broadcaster TRT World and he currently works for CGTN.

COVID-19 in the Preseli Heartlands

May 1, 2020

From the DATRIS Project supported by the National Lottery Community Fund

Sophie Jenkins spoke on the phone in the middle of April 2020 about the effects of lockdown on the community of Brynberian. Sophie comes from a farming family and still farms in the Preselis. She is also the coordinator for the newly refurbished village hall in Brynberian … and in her spare time she runs the Preseli Heartlands project at PLANED https://www.planed.org.uk/projects/preseli-heartlands-communities/

How ateb is dealing with the COVID-19 situation

April 27, 2020

From the DATRIS Project supported by the National Lottery Community Fund

I speak to David Tovey, the Customer Services Manager at ateb, about how his organisation is supporting its clients under the new restrictions. In the podcast David mentions a recent article in the magazine Welsh Housing Quarterly, https://whq.org.uk

This is the second conversation with David, in Podcast 6 he spoke along with his colleague Tom Waters in their Haverfordwest offices.

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority

April 20, 2020

from the DATRIS Project supported by the National Lottery Community Fund

I speak to James Parkin, the Director of Countryside, Community and Visitor Services with the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority

The Park is a unique environment made up of many things – wildlife, habitats, farming, history, tourism, business and local communities. James discusses how the Authority works to achieve a happy balance for all those with an interest in the Park.

County Councillor Neil Prior

April 15, 2020

From the DATRIS Project supported by the National Lottery Community Fund

I speak to Neil Prior, County Councillor (Independent) for the Llanrhian Electoral Division in Pembrokeshire, serving the communities and surrounding areas of Llanrhian, Mathry, Trefin, Croesgoch, Penparc, Castlemorris, Porthgain, Abereiddi, Abercastle and Square & Compass. Neil has additional responsibility as a member of Pembrokeshire County Council‘s political executive with Cabinet responsibility for Transformation.

His website can be found here: https://neilprior.co.uk

Life in London During the COVID-19 Lockdown

April 10, 2020

rom the DATRIS Project supported by the National Lottery Community Fund

I talk to Katie Bingham, over a crackly phone line, about moving away from Pembrokeshire; living in London; and how the lockdown is affecting the entertainment industry.

Podcast Fact: Katie’s mum was in episode 3 of this current series talking about POINT in Fishguard.

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed Powys Police

April 8, 2020

From the DATRIS Project supported by the National Lottery Community Fund

Dyfed-Powys Police safeguard people living, working and visiting the Counties of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys, an area with a population of over 488,000, that is significantly boosted with tourists each year, and covers a land mass of over half of Wales.

The Commissioner talks about the general aspects of his role as well as the changes affecting the region during this lockdown period.

How POINT is Adapting to the COVID-19 Situation

April 2, 2020

From the DATRIS Project supported by the National Lottery Community Fund

John talks on the phone to Zoe Davies the General Manager of Fishguard and Goodwick Young Person’s Trust … otherwise known as POINT. She talks about the vital services that the organisation normally provides for young people and how they are adapting to continue to provide support during this time of lockdown.

Pembrokeshire Communities Combatting the Coronavirus

March 25, 2020

from the DATRIS Project supported by the National Lottery Community Fund

I speak to members of two rural Pembrokeshire communities and ask them about how they are supporting each other during the time of the coronavirus pandemic. We discuss the parcticalities of lockdown and issues relating to isolation and worry and the impact on community wellbeing.

The first conversation is with Liz Rawlings from Llangwm in South Pembrokeshire then I speak to Cris Tomos in the North.

The discussions for this podcast were conducted over the phone.

PLANED’s Response to the COVID-19 Situation

March 18, 2020

From the DATRIS Project supported by the National Lottery Community Fund

It’s early 2020 and the effects of Covid-19 pandemic brought about by the spread of the coronavirus are being felt everywhere. In this podcast John asks Iwan Thomas, the CEO, and Julie Davies, PLANED’s HR Officer, how the virus is affecting us and what we are doing to manage the potential disruption.

Pembrokeshire Artist Raul Speek

March 12, 2020

From the DATRIS Project supported by the National Lottery Community Fund

John met Raul in his studio in Solva where he talks about his life in rural Cuba. Raul discusses the similarities between life in South West Wales and his childhood in South East Cuba.

You can see his work on his website, http://raulspeek.co.uk

Women of West Wales

March 8, 2020

from the DATRIS Project supported by the National Lottery Community Fund

Women of West Wales (WOWW) is a three-year project led by Narberth Museum to research and collate the diverse histories of local women and to make them as accessible to as many people as possible. This patchwork of diverse and fascinating stories is supported by talks, workshops, exhibitions and events that celebrate women’s contribution to shaping the culture of West Wales.

You can find out more at their website: Women of West Wales

Haverfordwest Town Council

Febuary 10, 2020

From the DATRIS Project supported by the National Lottery Community Fund

I met Cllr Stella Hooper in the cafe of the smart new Library in the centre of Haverfordwest. We had a chat about the work of the council while enjoying a very nice cup of coffee.

You may hear one of the younger residents of Haverfordwest deciding to have a minor tantrum at the other side of the cafe later in the podcast. But, I suppose, she was just expressing her democratic right.

John Meets David and Tom from the Ateb Group

Febuary 5, 2020

from the DATRIS Project supported by the National Lottery Community Fund

The aim of Ateb is to create better living solutions for the people of West Wales.

They find creative ways of:

  • Responding to housing need.
  • Helping people to maintain their tenancy.
  • Support communities to build capacity and be self-sufficient.
  • Regenerate communities through social, economic, environmental and physical programmes.
  • Help older and vulnerable people to stay in their homes and communities where their lifestyles change.

David Tovey is the Customer Services Manager at Ateb and Tom Waters is the Digital Support Officer

The Narberth Community Fridge

Febuary 4, 2020

From the DATRIS Project supported by the National Lottery Community Fund

Vicki came into the podcast room at PLANED in Narberth to talk about the community fridge based in the Bloomfield Centre … also in Narberth

In the podcast we talk about the webcam:

The fridge and Vicki’s post are funded by:

She also mentions the community fridge charity:

John meets the CWBR Project

January 28, 2020

from the DATRIS Project supported by the National Lottery Community Fund

The CWBR Project is a two-year pilot, funded by the Arwain Sir Benfro LEADER programme. It will explore how town and community councils can build community well-being and resilience, by engaging their communities to develop local well-being assessments, plans and project activities. These will feed into and inform the county-wide Well-Being Assessment and Plan undertaken by the Public Services Board (PSB), as required by the Well-Being of Future Generations Act (2015). It will also look at how Community and Town Councils can support the delivery of the Pembrokeshire Well-Being Plan.

POINT, The Young Person’s Trust

January 22, 2020

From the DATRIS Project supported by the National Lottery Community Fund

POINT, based in Fishguard, provides opportunities for young people aged 11 to 25 years living in North Pembrokeshire to acquire the confidence, self esteem and skills to overcome the obstacles they may encounter on their journey from childhood to adulthood.

Kate Mitchell and Helen Bingham are part of a team of youth workers based with the organisation. They took time out to tell us about their work and experiences.

You can find out more by visiting their website: https://www.pointypt.org.uk 

The Prince’s Trust at PLANED

January 15, 2020

from the DATRIS Project supported by the National Lottery Community Fund

John meets Michael Botzaropoulos, an Operations Executive with The Prince’s Trust Cymru on a stormy day in January.

The website mentioned in this episode is www.princes-trust.org.uk which will give you all the information you need on registering on a course or for volunteering.

John meets Gitti from HaverHub

December 7th 2019

from the DATRIS Project supported by the National Lottery Community Fund

I’m John Ewart and I work on a National Lottery Community Funded project called DATRIS which is a small part of PLANED, a Third Sector organisation based in South West Wales.

For our first podcast I’m going to be talking to Gitti Coats, the driving force behind HaverHub which is situated in Haverfordwest. This is a venture that has been supported by PLANED since its inception in 2017.