On Wednesday the 12th of September a group of volunteers from the CAIS Peer Mentoring scheme spent the day carrying out essential maintenance at an overgrown cemetery in LLanelian Road Old Colwyn. The volunteers helped to clear paths, clear away overgrowth and tidy-up whatever needed attention.
Glyn Jones, Chairman of the Old Colwyn Cemetery Improvement Committee approached The Peer Mentoring Scheme after learning that their volunteers regularly organize community clean-ups and restoration projects across North Wales.
The cemetery has sadly become overgrown this year and the work the Peer Mentoring Scheme do will make such a difference to the site, I am pleased to see adults who have sadly been affected by their life style making a positive contribution to the community and at the same time learning new and useful skills which will help them to develop and gain from any work opportunities in future.
Bob Atkins, one of the volunteers who spent the day at the cemetery said “giving volunteers the opportunity to work on community projects not only provide a feeling of self worth but also promotes self confidence and benefits the community at the same time. The cemetery is a great project because it provides opportunities for training & learning in all aspects of ground maintenance.”
If you would like to find out more about the scheme and speak to a Peer Mentors, our weekly drop-ins are held every Tuesday from 1pm-3pm at the Bay View Learning Centre in Colwyn Bay and you would be made most welcome. Alternatively people can also call the Peer Mentoring Team on 01492 523 040.