The recently launched Rural Volunteering Programme, led by Carmarthenshire Association of Voluntary Services (CAVS) and funded by RDP LEADER will be establishing specialist volunteering “hubs” in eight venues across the county over the coming months.
The Programme aims to tackle a range of issues around volunteering in rural areas, including providing volunteering opportunities, providing training for volunteers and promoting the health and wellbeing, social and community values of volunteering.
The project’s hubs will offer opportunities as a drop in centre for anyone wanting an informal chat about volunteering, whether they are looking for volunteers for an event or project they are running or whether they are interested in volunteering opportunities.
Information on free training will also be on offer.
Carmarthenshire County Council’s executive board member for communities and rural affairs, Cllr Cefin Campbell, said: “The benefits of volunteering are numerous. It can broaden horizons and skill sets for those volunteering and improving employability. Volunteers can also be a great asset to organisations and companies who recruit them.
“This is a fantastic project to help our rural areas and we are delighted to be supporting it.
“I would urge anyone with an interest in volunteering or who can provide opportunities for volunteers, to drop in to their nearest hub”.
The hubs are located across rural Carmarthenshire, in Glanaman, The Gwendraeth, St. Clears, Whitland, Drefach Felindre, Llanybydder, Llandeilo and Llanelli.
This project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 (RDP), which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.