Exploring new ways of providing non – statutory services – Wales Rural Network Support Unit
On Wednesday 9 September 2015, the Wales Rural Network Support Unit facilitated a thematic event on Exploring new ways of providing non-statutory local services at the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells.
The event was aimed at LEADER staff, Local Action Group (LAG) members and anyone interested in delivering LEADER and non-statutory basic services in rural areas. The purpose of the event was to:
understand the issues and challenges of rural poverty and the strategic programmes Welsh Government are undertaking to tackle poverty
look at the rural priorities and development of support by funders such as Big Lottery Fund
take a sample of basic services case studies funded under previous Rural Development Plan (RDP)
overview of LEADER intervention and the pathways of support for the provision of non-statutory local services which may be possible through Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014-2020.
Around 65 delegates listened to presentations and there were useful discussions through a series of Q & A sessions. Case studies focusing on basic services supported under the previous RDP were presented from Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire. Delegates also had an opportunity to network with LEADER and LAG representatives from all over Wales and to flag up any requests or ideas for possible cooperation projects.