The Community Connectors service is a key element of a 2-year programme piloting a third sector-led community and citizen-centred approach to improving health and well-being in Pembrokeshire. There are three elements to the preventions programme:
The preventions model will be delivered by Pembrokeshire Association of Voluntary Services (PAVS) working in close partnership with Pembrokeshire County Council and Hywel Dda University Health Board.
The project aimed to:
Project delivery was hampered for the first year of the project by changes in personnel, poor performance and lack of clarity about the Connector role. Experience helped us to revise and refine the job descriptions and recruitment process, resulting in more appropriate appointments being made second time around.
A lot of work was needed to ensure that statutory partners and third sector organisations understood the Community Connector concept, so that appropriate referrals were made to the service.
Agile working also threw up some challenges in terms of developing systems and processes that enabled safe working out in communities.
“Community Connectors is an amazing service for Pembrokeshire … we need an analysis of where the gaps are and looking at how we can work together … Feels like there has been a lot of changeover of staff and people leaving … no guarantee of future funding. Need a 5-year fully funded project.”
Arwain Sir Benfro and the LEADER Programme concluded in December 2021 once all projects were completed and funding exhausted. There is now no dedicated support upon the completion of the LEADER Programme in Pembrokeshire. Should you have any queries, PLANED as the previous administrators, may be able to assist, or similarly for wider questions on the LEADER Programme in Wales, please contact the Wales European Funding Office (WEFO).