Mosaic in Wales
Our Mosaic Wales project which ran between 2012-2015 supported people from black and minority ethnic groups (BME) living in Wales’ towns and cities to learn about National Parks and promote them to others in their community.
We recruited ‘Community Champions’, volunteers who have a growing passion for Wales’ stunning countryside and who wanted to get to know it better and share that passion with others. The 68 Community Champions we recruited are still working closely with the three National Parks in Wales. They are based in Wrexham, Bangor, Swansea, Cardiff and Newport.
What is a Community Champion?
Community Champions work with staff and volunteers in the National Park closest to where they live to provide feedback and assist them to be more accessible to BME communities. They promote the National Park to others in their community through organising visits and helping others learn about how to access it. During the project, we provided full training, tailored to each individual champion. Many Community Champions have formed groups which they use to support each other to continue their work as volunteers.
Who could become a Community Champion?
We recruited adults from or linked to BME communities. Community Champions didn’t have to have visited a National Park or even know what a National Park was, but wanted to learn and had a keen interest in the natural environment and the outdoors.
Some of the activities the Community Champions have organised were an away weekend for people with learning difficulties in the Brecon Beacons, staying at a youth hostel and trying out different activities as well as just enjoying the fantastic scenery, peace and quiet.
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As a result of our Mosaic Wales project, champions in different parts of South Wales have formed an organisation called Diversity Outdoors. They organise events in the Pembrokeshire Coast. Want to know more or get involved? Check their Facebook page here.
Champions across Wales continue to be involved in National Parks in range of ways including organising mindfulness walks, organising community visits, and taking part in National Park events.
Visit our resource centre for downloadable information about Mosaic, including the project evaulation and information on the impacts that using National Parks had on Champions and their communities.
See what Community Champions are doing on our YouTube channel. Or get in touch with us direct on email@example.com or 020 7981 0890.
We partnered with the Brecon Beacons, the Pembrokeshire Coast and the Snowdonia National Park Authorities and the YHA to deliver Mosaic in Wales.