Shop window at the Show a success for groups

August 2015

Shop window at the Show a success for groups

Over twenty different voluntary and community groups had a presence in the Community Zone at the Pembrokeshire County Show this year. Many of the organisations involved had never had the chance to be at the show before and welcomed the opportunity to advertise their projects and activities, with many promoting new services, raising awareness, or encouraging people to volunteer. In the marquee itself there were seventeen stands which organisations shared or had on a time share basis, but everyone agreed it was very worthwhile. Over the 3 days more than 2,000 visitors engaged with the different groups and projects.

The Community Zone was coordinated by PAVS (Pembrokeshire Association of Voluntary Services), and funded by South Hook LNG Terminal as part of the Company’s Community engagement activities. “The Community Zone, at the Pembrokeshire Show, was a real success this year, there were more stands and 29% more visitors through the marquee”, said Coordinator Louise Wilkinson.

Commenting on South Hook LNG’s support of the Community Zone, PR Manager Mariam Dalziel congratulated PAVS and the numerous community organisations involved.  “We are so pleased to have been able to support such a strong presence of community and voluntary organisations at this year’s Show. Not only has it given the various organisations an opportunity to raise awareness, but provided the community a means through which to access valuable support.”

The Community Zone was opened (along with its neighbour – the Learning Zone) on the first morning of the Show by Councillor Keith Lewis (Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Communities and the Economy) who invited stall holders, and some special guests, to enjoy a networking breakfast. The breakfast had been made by the staff and volunteers at the Transition Café (a surplus food project), part of Transition Bro Gwaun, based in Fishguard.

If you didn’t get a chance to visit the Community Zone at the Show there are still plenty of ways to get involved in your community. For example there are over 400 volunteering opportunities across Pembrokeshire, ranging from admin and office work to youth work – and everything in between. For more information you can search opportunities on the Volunteering Wales website (www.volunteering-wales.net) or contact PAVS on 01437 769422.

[Picture caption- Cllr Keith Lewis, Louise Wilkinson of PAVS and Carol Lewis of South Hook LNG are joined by Paul Davies AM, Cllr Alison Lee, Tegryn Jones Chief Executive of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, Christopher Salmon Police & Crime Commissioner and representatives of the exhibiting Community and Voluntary organisations.

For more information about the Community Zone please contact Louise Wilkinson C/O PAVS, 36-38 High Street, Haverfordwest, SA61 2DA 01437 769422 louise.wilkinson@pavs.org.uk

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