A team of Welsh speaking volunteers are wanted to act as Bridgend Ambassadors to welcome visitors to this year’s Urdd National Eisteddfod in Pencoed from 29 May – 3 June.
An estimated 90,000 visitors are expected to attend the event over six days at the Pencoed College Fields (Bridgend County Showground), and the ambassadors are required to give them the warmest possible welcome and provide details of Bridgend County Borough’s culture, wildlife, history, arts and cuisine.
Those interested in volunteering will need to commit to two training days and then be available to volunteer for at least one, half-day session at the Urdd National Eisteddfod during Whitsun week in exchange for a full day pass to enjoy the festivities.
Training is free and is a time commitment of just two days in a workshop setting exploring the treasures of the region. The next set of training dates are Tuesday 25 April, Thursday 11 May and Wednesday 24 May at the Kenfig National Nature Reserve. Training will be conducted through the medium of Welsh, with support materials being offered in both Welsh and English.
The Welsh speaking volunteers that will be recruited for the Urdd National Eisteddfod will join a group of around 20 Bridgend Ambassadors that are already supporting local tourism by engaging with Bridgend County Borough’s visitors in a number of different ways such as meeting and greeting at events, helping groups to put together their visit, writing blogs, sharing local knowledge with families and generally doing what they can to raise the profile of the region.
Lew Chamberlain, Director of Bridgend Tourism Association and a Bridgend Ambassador said of the programme:
“Training to be a Bridgend Ambassador has been a really enjoyable experience. In just two days of free training, I learned so much more about the area, its history, culture, wildlife and the hidden gems on our doorstep, and on top of that I found a community of like-minded people and made new friends.
“It feels good to volunteer and give back to the community, sharing my passion for this area with visitors and generally raising the profile of Bridgend County Borough, knowing that it has a positive impact on tourism and our local economy.
“On this occasion we’re looking specifically for Welsh speakers. If you’re interested, get in touch and get on board – you won’t regret it!”
This Bridgend Ambassadors training programme is supported by Bridgend County Borough Council’s Reach Rural Development Team, in conjunction with the Bridgend Tourism Association.
The project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.