TALYBONT-ON-USK WI members are going the extra mile for people moving to the Brecon Beacons National Park village by offering a welcome local food hamper to help them join the local community from the word go.
Supported by Brecon Beacons National Park Authority’s (BBNPA) Rural Alliances project, the hampers will include a variety of seasonal local produce, a welcome card and vouchers for discounted meals at local pubs and the village shop.
The Rural Alliances project has been funded by the EU’s Interreg IVB NWE programme together with the Welsh Government’s Targeted Match Funding programme.
Last month two members of the WI, Sue Thorne and Cherry Jones, visited Leuven in Belgium to see a similar project that had been successfully implemented in a number of communities there.
BBNPA sustainable tourism officer Andrew Williams said: “It’s easy to see why Talybont-on- Usk and the surrounding locations of Aber, Buckland, Llantsanttfraed, Pencelli and Scethrog are popular places to move to.
This project offers local residents and businesses the opportunity to engage with newcomers, making them feel welcome and part of community as soon as possible and we’re delighted that we’ve been able to help fund this new project through Rural Alliances.
“We think the hamper idea is a wonderful gift that gives newcomers a real flavour and sense of place of what Talybont has to offer. “Local food and discount vouchers fits very comfortably with our sustainability credentials and supporting the local economy.” Sue Thorne said: “It was great to meet the people of Leuven to learn how they have implemented their Welcome In scheme and to use their ideas alongside our own.
“The WI is already famous for its calendar girls and its cakes and we can’t wait to put the new welcome hamper scheme into action.”