The Improving Riding Opportunities project was designed to promote safer riding by encouraging the riders of Rural Wrexham to participate in the BHS riding and road safety training and test which were run at local riding centres.
The project also aimed to raise the awareness of other road users to the needs of riders and the safety implications of not passing horses in a controlled manor, with the aim of improving safer road riding. AVOW in partnership with Wrexham County Borough produced riding routes, which were developed using the unclassified roads in rural Wrexham.
Routes can be found here: http://www.wrexham.gov.uk/english/leisure_tourism/prow/riding_routes/
The funding for the Improving Riding Opportunities project was received through the Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007-2013, which was funded by the Welsh Assembly Government and the European Union and the project received funding until February 2011 through Axis 3 funds.
This project was based around the custom of older generations passing down cooking skills and recipes to younger members of their families or entire communities. It highlighted that in certain communities this is a slowly fading tradition. The project focussed on three Communities First areas: Hightown, Gwenfro and Plas Madoc.
These were areas which had received limited dedicated support from the department beforehand, however good working relationships had previously been developed between AVOW staff and Communities First Development Officers. Therefore this allowed us to build up this dedicated support that came with the project.
The project aimed to bring members of these communities together consisting of all different ages, different backgrounds, cultures, religion or belief with one common interest – cooking.
The participants not only learnt some new cooking skills, they also got to know and become friendly with members of their community that they would not have necessarily come across if it was not for the project.
The ‘My Wrexham’ Community Project was an arts and crafts project that aimed to bring together community groups from all over Wrexham, from youth and craft groups to sports clubs and community groups. They created art works that tell a story of ‘What they do, and the area they live’.
The art works took any shape and form, some groups worked on photo collages, local history scrap books, digital storytelling and traditional craft works. After all of the art works were completed, AVOW held an Open Day at Ty Avow in Egerton Street. The winning piece was chosen out of all the entries and it was shown in August 2011, in Wrexham during the National Eisteddfod of Wales.
The Community Award was awarded to TEMPS, Marford and the young people award was awarded to Young Carers.
AVOW provided local community and voluntary groups the opportunity to join in with celebrations in the Community Stand at the National Eisteddfod 2011 in Wrexham. Sixteen groups and charities decided to take up the opportunity to promote their services and fundraise. Local people came along to find out more about the voluntary sector and local volunteering opportunities. A major attraction provided by AVOW was the coracle lagoon which was of particular interest for children and some adults.
Over the 8 days, from Saturday 30th July until Saturday 6th August 2011, AVOW and its partner organisations ran a host of activities and presented information to raise awareness of their work in the voluntary sector.
The weather held up for most of the week, and more than 950 children had a ride on the coracle boats in AVOW’s straw bale lagoon. Organisations were pleased that AVOW had offered them the opportunity to attend the Eisteddfod in AVOW’s marquee, as they would not have otherwise been able to be present. AVOW shared its stand with County Voluntary Councils from across North Wales, as well as Betsi Cadwalladr University Health Board Community Health Council and Wrexham County Borough Council Health Promotion Team.
One stallholder praised AVOW’s initiative, saying that they hoped other voluntary councils follow AVOW’s example.
To see photos from the Eisteddfod week please visit our flickr photo album here: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjvDxeRZ