This week it has been revealed that Snowdonia Giving, a pilot project, has raised £3,500 in donations, with all of the money coming from the pockets of tourists. Asking visitors to put money into the communities they visit, the organisers now have enough money to train 50 young people in conservation and outdoor skills, having raised the cash in just 6 months.
Partnering with 28 local businesses, Snowdonia Giving asked these organisations to press their visitors for a small contribution, giving the money back to the society to launch this amazing training programme for the young.
John Harold, director of the society, said:
“This is the Snowdonia Society’s 50th anniversary and this is a real birthday present for us.
“What it does is it allows us to complete the circle of giving – visitors and locals giving voluntarily to these local businesses.
“We take our volunteers out to help look after Snowdon and the surrounding area, and this funding gives us the chance to give something back to those volunteers.”
The cash will be used to train young adults in areas such as mountain skills, ending in a qualification to help kick-start their career. With gaining experience being difficult for those pursuing a career in conservation, Snowdonia Society simply offers a helping hand, with local business owners happy to help spread the word.
“What we find is, there are plenty of young people who are willing to come out and volunteer, many of whom would like to work outdoors, some of whom want to work in conservation,” added Mr Harold.
“The problem these days is getting experience and getting that experience on your CV – and this is one of the things we can help them with.”
From bunkhouse lodging businesses to councils and specialist training firms, the community has really come together to put these plans into action.