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Become a ‘Bridgend Ambassador’ to raise awareness of our tourism treasures

4 August 2017

A team of Welsh speakers have become the latest band of recruits to become ‘Bridgend Ambassadors’ – a group of volunteers who are sharing knowledge of the local area with tourists.

Around 30 Bridgend Ambassadors are helping to give visitors to Bridgend County Borough an extra warm welcome, with nine Welsh speakers having had their first major outing at May’s Urdd Eisteddfod in Pencoed.

Extra recruits are always welcome to join the group and help support local tourism. Potential ambassadors need to have an interest in learning more about the area’s culture, wildlife, history, arts and cuisine, and be willing to volunteer some of their spare time.

Involvement may vary from meeting and greeting at events, writing blogs, supporting groups to plan a visit, and generally doing what they can to raise the profile of the region.

Training is free and is a time commitment of just two days in a workshop setting, exploring the treasures of the county borough.

Among the bilingual Bridgend Ambassadors are Amanda Evans and Marged Thomas, who both also work for Menter Bro Ogwr.

Amanda said: “I was delighted to have the opportunity to learn more about our heritage, meet new people and create a team of friends that is able to spread this information to visitors and local people alike.”

Marged added: “Training to become a Welsh speaking ambassador was a great experience and I learned so much about our local area. There is so much history and so many interesting things to do on our doorstep. I look forward to sharing this information with others and also embedding it into my work with Menter Bro Ogwr.”

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.

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a Bridgend Ambassador, please contact Roz or John at ambassadors@bridgendtourism.co.uk

Last Updated: 04/08/2017
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