- Full Members (£75 annual fee for corporate and individual Outdoor Activity Providers who wish to fully support our work and receive all membership benefits, including sign-up to the NRW Concordat for the Sychryd & Mellte gorges)
- Youth Members (free of charge for freelancers etc. under 18)
- Supporters (free of charge for organisations and individuals who support our aims and objectives, but are not Outdoor Activity Providers)
- 16 May 4.45-7pm Dinas/Sychryd Code of Conduct Training, for Providers who are signed-up to the NRW Waterfalls Country Concordat (one free space will be available to Providers who have paid for 2018 Full Membership)
- 3 June 9-5pm (TBC) Mellte Gorge Rescue Workshop
- 8 June 9-4.30pm Geology Workshop, with Alan Bowring of Brecon Beacons National Park, looking at how the hills near Cribarth are linked to the sea!
SWOAPG Membership: “Full Membership” Fees now due
At the SWOAPG Emergency General Meeting on 19 April, Members voted unanimously for the introduction of Membership Fees to ensure SWOAPG’s continued operation, following the withdrawal of Visit Wales funding.
All Providers who wish to continue using the Sychryd and Mellte gorges under the NRW Waterfalls Country Concordat (or who simply wish to fully support and benefit from SWOAPG’s work) should complete an Application for Full Membership by 31 May (costing £75 until 31 March 2019), for either:
- Full Individual Membership for Outdoor Activity Providers who are individuals aged 18+, e.g. freelancers or sole traders; or
- Full Corporate Membership for Outdoor Activity Providers who are organisations or partnerships, including companies, associations, charities, clubs and other incorporated bodies, operating for-profit or not-for-profit.
We will also soon be making available the following membership categories for Providers and other organisations who wish to support SWOAPG but do not require all the benefits of Full Membership:
- Extra Staff Membership – free of charge for staff of existing Corporate Members (providing additional contact points within the business / organisation)
- Associate Individual & Corporate Memberships – £25 per year for Providers who do not need or want all membership benefits (no access to the NRW Waterfalls Country Concordat)
- Youth Membership – free of charge for e.g. freelancers aged under 18
- Supporter – free of charge for organisations and individuals who support SWOAPG’s aims and objectives, but are not Outdoor Activity Providers
- Subscriber – free of charge listing for e-mail alerts only
- 16th May, 4.45pm at Dinas Rock. £25 per participant (one free place for each Full Member).
In his role as Chair of the Valleys Taskforce the Cabinet Secretary for Local Government and Public Services will visit three areas across the valleys to discuss his proposals for a “Valleys Landscape Park” with community stakeholders.
The aims for the proposal are to invest in the Valleys’ natural and cultural assets, empower local communities, offer outstanding and accessible recreational opportunities, engender community pride in the Valleys and enhance Valleys town centres as vibrant places, with attractive green spaces, which support local economies.
By implementing the actions set out in the plan the Valleys will become a place where communities are empowered, and the local environment is easily accessible, widely used and at the heart of Valleys life.
These events will provide stakeholders with the opportunity to shape the proposal for the Valleys Landscape Park and to influence decisions around statement sites across the Valleys and local community projects with potential for development.
An agenda is attached.
The dates and venues for the events are included below:
16 April Dare Valley Country Park 17:30 – 19:30
26 April Bedwellty House and Park 17:30 – 19:30
30 April Pontardawe Arts Centre 17:30 – 19:30
If you are interested in attending one of these events please contact the Valleys Taskforce Team at TalkValleys@gov.wales
From Brecon Beacons National Park Authority:
As part of our Lottery Funded Project to save the remains of the former Gunpowder Works at Pontneddfechan, join us for a FREE illustrated talk by Archaeologist Fred Hamond who will bring to life the history of the site from its humble beginnings through to it becoming part of the corporate giant ICI.
Where: Pontneddfechan Village Hall, Min Yr Awel SA11 5ND
When: Thursday 19th April 7pm
For more details, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 01874 620481.
Just a reminder to register here if you’re planning to attend the…
South Wales Outdoor Activity Providers Group Emergency General Meeting at Garwnant Visitor Centre, 6.30pm Thursday 19 April.
The agenda will include:
- Brief updates / reminders of the latest activity news in the Brecon Beacons and South Wales;
- Discussion and Vote on Membership Fees;
- Discussion and Vote on forming a Company Limited by Guarantee; and
- Discussion on Clyn Gwyn toilet arrangements and the Glasbury-Hay “Paddle-Permit”.
The formal agenda and papers for the meeting (including a summary of our survey results and our proposed new Articles of Association) are attached.
All Members and Supporters are encouraged to come and make their voices heard.
For further information, contact email@example.com.
Regional Learning and skills Partnerships skills surveys
Outdoor Providers in South West & Mid Wales might like to complete the following survey to ensure that 'skills for the outdoors' are adequately reflected in Welsh Government thinking: http://www.rlp.org.uk/business-survey-2018/ The survey is open until 4 June. Apologies for missing a similar SE Wales survey in March.
Apprenticeships in Wales are available for anyone over 16 years of age, and can help you take on new staff to grow your business. Did you know that apprenticeships are also available to you if you are self-employed or have staff already employed who would like to gain new skills? The simplest way to find out how an apprenticeship can help your business, is to register your interest on the link and you will be contacted by someone from a training provider in Wales who can tell you more – with no obligation.
Another Welsh Government initiative is The Business Online Support Service (BOSS) offering free online training which can be done as, where and when you want – for example IT, Marketing, Finance courses.
For more information on skills – this is the link to the tourism skills page – including other available training and funding support available to businesses in Wales.