Seventeen 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 twenty-two stands. Over the 2 days more than 3,000 visitors engaged with the different groups and projects.
The Community Zone was Coordinated by PAVS (Pembrokeshire Association of Voluntary Services). “PAVS was really excited to be back at the show after a 2 year gap and enabling so many other organisations to be there as well. The marquee was really vibrant and was a great showcase for all the wonderful things happening across our county.” said Coordinator Louise Wilkinson.
Commenting on South Hook LNG’s support of the Community Zone, PR Manager Mariam Dalziel congratulated PAVS and the many organisations involved. “We are pleased to have supported the Community Zone once again, enabling organisations that provide valuable community services and advice to have a presence at the Show, raising awareness of the benefits they bring to our community” she said.
The Community Zone (along with the Learning Zone) was opened on the first morning by Neil Prior (Cabinet Member for Corporate Improvement & Communities). The Digital Data Bank for Pembrokeshire Was launched and then there was cake – to celebrate 10 years of the Community Zone at the Show.
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 hundreds of volunteering opportunities across Pembrokeshire, you can search volunteering opportunities on the Volunteering Wales website (https://tinyurl.com/pavsvolwales). Alternatively if you are looking for help or services in Pembrokeshire you can contact the Pembrokeshire Community Hub on 01437 723660.
Picture caption: Representatives of the Community and Learning Zone with Cllr Neil Prior and special guests, on the first day of the show.
more information about the Community Zone please contact Louise Wilkinson
PAVS, 36-38 High Street, Haverfordwest, SA61 2DA
Organisations involved in the Community Zone this year include: