Celebrating community led success

Celebrating community led success

Projects that have been running across Pembrokeshire will be coming together to promote and celebrate their achievements after receiving funding from LEADER; a method of delivering support to communities for rural development.

Members of the Local Action Group for Pembrokeshire, Arwain Sir Benfro and PLANED staff who administer the LEADER Funding, will welcome a range of projects at a celebration event in Scolton Manor.

Emyr John, LEADER Project Coordinator said: “As PLANED we have a history of delivering LEADER in Pembrokeshire and are really proud of the number and the range of projects which have been supported.  We currently have 68 projects approved in the county and a number of cooperation projects working with partners outside of Pembrokeshire.

“It will also be an opportunity for networking, hearing about other LEADER projects, and exploring project ideas for the future, supported by the great team we have in place in PLANED”

Guests at the event will be able to hear from organisations about their projects including Milford Haven Port Authority, Cwm Arian Renewable Energy and Coast Lines Drawn Together.

Arwain Sir Benfro, the Local Action Group for Pembrokeshire secured over £3,300,000 of funding and has been supporting projects which test new ideas that benefit Pembrokeshire Over 65 projects have been funded including 3 cooperation projects working with partners outside of Pembrokeshire.

The LEADER programme is part of the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme (RDP) 2014 – 2020, which is financed by the Welsh Government and European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).

The name LEADER comes from the French abbreviation for ‘liaison entre actions de développement de l’économie rurale’ which roughly translates to ‘links between actions for developing the rural economy’.

LEADER’s approach involves a rural development methodology which includes partnership, ‘bottom-up’ grass roots area development, innovation and co-operation.