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Refugee settlement project in Pembrokeshire

A community supported settlement project for refugees has been awarded funding by Arwain Sir Benfro.

Arwain Sir Benfro – the Local Action Group (LAG) for Pembrokeshire, administered by PLANED has provided funding of £14,63 to Hiraeth Hope for their Community Sponsored Settlement Project. 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.

This project will research, prepare and establish community sponsored settlement (CSS) in Pembrokeshire, with outreach work to other parts of West Wales.

The aim is to prepare CSS in three communities and take it to completion in at least one community as part of this project.

CSS is where a group of neighbours form a team, raise funds, find housing and establishes and implements an action plan to settle Syrian families in their area. It is new, so this project will help to shape the scheme. The aim is to involve the communities as fully as possible in the process to get the best outcomes for host communities and guest refugees together.

Arwain Sir Benfro is currently supporting project ideas from local community groups, organisations and businesses. As the Local Action Group for Pembrokeshire, we bring together a mix of local community representatives, business, third sector, local authority partners.”

LEADER is supporting all kinds of activity: mentoring, training, feasibility studies or pilot projects that test an innovative new idea. It can also be used for projects that improve local skills, make better use of a local resource or realise the economic potential of part of the locality leading to a ‘new’ outcome or product.

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