Networking – it’s a tradition in Wales

Gareth Hughes.jpgWritten by Gareth Hughes, Developing Local Knowledge Officer 

Networking is becoming increasingly important, especially through social media, for example every second, on average around 6,000 tweets are tweeted on Twitter alone – not to mention the millions of us that are posting on Facebook, Instagram and Linked in.

But this phenomenon of networking is not new to us in Wales. Our tradition is deeply rooted in our culture – we have been ‘networking’ long before social media especially at key events including the Urdd Eisteddfod, The Royal Welsh Show and National Eisteddfod. All three of these Welsh institutions provide perfect opportunities for developing conversations with stakeholders and our customers alike.

Take the Urdd Eisteddfod, in Flintshire this week – it’s a perfect opportunity to cement existing relationships and networks, whilst also creating new ones. At what other event could you call in on Mentrau Iaith Cymru, Merched y Wawr, Mudiad Meithrin, Glyndwr University, Flintshire County Council, Welsh Government, North Wales Police, the Children’s Commissioners and Welsh Language Commissioner in one day?

11800261_10155897684670564_7423963587767415737_n.jpgSo without a phone call, scheduling an appointment  or checking a calendar myself and  Ruth Bates, Head of Communications at the Fund in Wales, will be upholding the Welsh tradition of networking with organisations  and customers alike on the maes (Eisteddfod field) on Tuesday, 31 May.

We’ll have a lot of exciting things to share: our new £8.8 million programme Create Your Space, aimed at transforming local natural environments and our new £13.5 million programme addressing rural poverty, launched later this year. We also won’t forget to mention that we continue to offer grants from £500 up to £1 million all year round, through Awards for All and People and Places.

But remember, if we don’t catch you at the Urdd Eisteddfod, Royal Welsh Show or National Eisteddfod you can always discuss an idea with us, or learn more about our funding opportunities call our Customer Advice Line on 0300 123 0735 or email us at or visit


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