SHARE Project Launched in Merthyr Tydfil
Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council takes lead role in securing €4.7million to safeguard rural heritage and culture.
Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council is celebrating with its five partners spread across Europe, after securing €4.8 million to improve training, job prospects and an increased appreciation of its rich rural heritage and culture.
The new project - called SHARE - will support young people, artisans, retirees and anyone interested in working together to learn rural skills to improve and safeguard buildings, structures and the countryside. The project will run for three years and is aimed at creating a European Heritage Skills Passport Scheme where training and experience in rural conservation will be accredited in France, Belgium, the Netherlands and the UK. Partners from these countries will exchange best practice and provide opportunities for participants to travel between them to improve and learn new skills.
The project is 50% funded by the INTERREG IVB North West Europe Programme. Leader of the Council, Cllr. Brendan Toomey said “We are pleased to take on the Lead Partner role for this transnational project and this is important additional funding from Europe for our region. This marks a real opportunity to increase the skills and job opportunities in the countryside and heritage management. I think I can speak on behalf of all our partners when I say that we all look forward to a sustained and mutually beneficial working relationship over the coming years.”
MTCBC played a lead role in the successful development of the application to access the ERDF co-financing which was officially given the green light on the 2nd April 2012.
Mr Gareth Chapman, Chief Executive of Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council said: “We are delighted to have been successful in this bid. It is a great privilege to be lead partner in this vitally important project. It will mean a great deal to the conservation and interpretation of our rural heritage work but also will contribute towards local employment and skills development - two of our key priorities within the Council. We hope this achievement builds on the great success of the work achieved by the COLLABOR8 Project (which is also an INTERREG IVB NWE Project)”.
“The partnership 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
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