The Welcome to our Woods Partnership has been operating, in its current format, since 2014. It developed from ideas and initiatives from work that has been going on in the area from around 2009. Our Partnership has become a blend of local private sector businesses and landowners); statutory government and agencies; voluntary sector organisations; local community groups; and individuals who offer their time and skills. In 2018 the Partnership was awarded the Sustainable Community award from Cynnal Cymru Sustain Wales organisation for it work in the Upper Rhondda South Wales UK.
The Welcome to our Woods partnership continues to develop new ways of connecting people and place in the Upper Rhondda. Sustainably managing local resources and local spaces for health, wellbeing, recreation, training and employment outcomes. Our work focuses on finding solutions to overcome related social problems that can be summarised as: Health and Wellbeing – including inequalities in access to good quality green spaces, poor mental health and physical inactivity. Skills and Jobs – low skills, low wages and few employment opportunities. Much of the existing employment is minimum wage, part-time. Poverty – lack of access to resources and services, fuel poverty.