A project to help combat social exclusion and improve mental wellbeing through art has received funding though LEADER. The Inspiring Pathways project based at the VC Gallery in Haverfordwest is designed to help connect people and strengthen networks across Pembrokeshire.
Arwain Sir Benfro – the Local Action Group (LAG) for Pembrokeshire, administered by PLANED have provided funding of £10,200 to the VC Gallery. This is funded through the LEADER programme, which is part of the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014 – 2020, Funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.
The Inspiring Pathways project is engineered to open up pathways between different generations amongst contemporaries who feel socially excluded. The project encourages participants to express their thoughts and feelings thought the medium of art. The workshops help develop companionship and provide mutual support. The project will also help by introducing people to other agencies who may be able to address their particular concerns.
Arwain Sir Benfro is currently supporting project ideas from local community groups, organisations and businesses. As the Local Action Group for Pembrokeshire, Arwain Sir Benfro brings together a mix of local community representatives, business, third sector, local authority partners to administer the LEADER fund.
LEADER funding is supporting all kinds of activity: mentoring, training, feasibility studies or pilot projects that test innovative new ideas, benefiting the county and contributing to a competitive, productive and sustainable local economy.