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MTCBC Volunteers Visit Utrecht for SHARE Project

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Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council takes volunteers to Utrecht, Holland as part of the SHARE Project 'European Heritage Skills Passport Scheme'.

Three volunteers from the region have participated on a series of 'experiential learning' opportunities over the course of four-days along the New Dutch Waterline situated in Utrecht, Holland.

The volunteers, who are all active participants with Groundwork Merthyr Tydfil & RCT participated on the INTERREG IVB funded SHARE Project which is focussed on giving local volunteers an opportunity to learn new skills linked to rural culture and heritage which also encompasses opportunities to travel to partner regions to undertake voluntary work. Furthermore, the SHARE Project has developed a transnational 'European Heritage Skills Passport Scheme' which will give volunteers the opportunity to gain accreditation for their work as well as build on their own capacity.

Mr Ryan Barry, who is the SHARE Project Co-ordinator said "The project is the perfect platform for an adult of any age or ability who is wanting to develop their skill-base, gain experience in different forms of work or just wanting to become more proactive in the community" he continued "The ethos of the SHARE Project is around volunteer development and the sustainability of rural culture and heritage. The project will certainly enhance the level of conservation and interpretation of our rural heritage work whilst also contributing towards local employment and skills development - two of our key priorities within the Local Authority. 

The project is 50% funded by the INTERREG IVB North West Europe Programme and consists of partners in France, Belgium, the Netherlands and the UK.  The partners on the SHARE Project all have a wired range of skills and are highly experienced in terms of  with organisations across NW Europe is a very strong one with wide ranging skills and experience.  We are sure we are going to be able to learn much from their work as well as contributing ourselves.  Their work in ensuring we learn from the cutting edge of good practice in this area, as well as the ability to document partners’ work, will be invaluable to the project.”

For further information on the SHARE Project or the European Union’s INTERREG IVB NWE Programme please contact

Ryan Barry

SHARE Project Coordinator

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council

Tel: (01685) 725 455 - Mob: (07595) 091 906

Room 124-Unit 5-Triangle Business Park-Pentrebach-Merthyr Tydfil-CF48 4TQ

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