AT an online ceremony on Monday 8th March, the team at PLANED received an award from the High Sheriff of Dyfed, Mrs Sharron Lusher DL, to recognise the work of everyone within the organisation in how they have continued to support communities and projects across Pembrokeshire during the last twelve months. 

The Lord Lieutenant, Miss Sara Edwards, also joined the Zoom presentation to congratulate the team at PLANED for their considerable efforts and commend their work of partnership with communities and other organisations across Pembrokeshire during the pandemic.

In attendance at the event, in addition to the team members of PLANED, its Board of Trustees led by the Chair, Barbara Priest were present, as were the Chair & Vice Chair of the LEADER Local Action Group, Cllr Tony Baron, and Tegryn Jones, Chief Executive of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority.

PLANED is the only single organisation and team collectively to receive a Certificate of Excellence across Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion in this year’s awards from the High Sheriff of Dyfed, as all other awards are for individuals, small groups and projects who have delivered specific tasks and outcomes during the pandemic and lockdowns. 

Responding to the award at the online event and audience present, PLANED Chief Executive, Iwan Thomas commented, “This is a fantastic recognition for the team we now have at PLANED, whose professionalism, experience, and skills have surpassed all expectations in how they have responded to, and continued to deliver in an innovative and bespoke way for communities during the last twelve months. All team members have contributed towards the outcomes we have continued to deliver and have done so with new ideas, transparency, and working effectively in partnership with other key third, public, and private sector partners.”

Chair of the Board of Trustees at PLANED, Barbara Priest also commented “The whole team at PLANED thoroughly deserve this award for how they have continued to evolve and support people across Pembrokeshire in what has been the most challenging of times for everyone. It has not been easy, but with clear direction, a genuine and positive team ethos and approach, they have done far more than has been expected, as have many organisations similarly across the third and voluntary sectors here within the county as well.”

Bringing the event to a close, both the Lord Lieutenant and High Sheriff noted how PLANED in recent years had really promoted the importance of people in their work, with a range of project that support communities ranging from digital and community well-being; micro-enterprises and community shares; culture & heritage; community land trusts and environmental; alongside broader networks for different interest groups, and administering the LEADER Fund within Pembrokeshire; had collectively enabled and supported many communities and groups, and would continue to do so for many years to come.

Sadly, unable to celebrate the award in person, the team continue to work from home and support numerous projects and communities across Pembrokeshire, whilst currently working with partners to support work on volunteering, engaging with town and community councils, and wider socio-economic resilience opportunities for communities post COVID.