Agored Cymru Centre Network meeting

Written by Tir Coed / Thursday 04 May 2017

Tir Coed recently attended the first Agored Cymru Centre Networking event for this year, at the Botanic Gardens. This bi-annual event keeps Tir Coed up to date with current developments in policy and procedure and allows for feedback directly to the senior management team.


It is a great opportunity to find out first-hand what is being planned and to share with other centres, and Agored Cymru, experiences of administering the accreditation whilst asking questions or raising issues or concerns which then help to shape the provision of the future.  

Topics this time included:

Kevern Kerswell, Chief Executive

o   Initial Priorities to:

  • Strengthen relationships with existing centres
  • Communicate better
  • Improve understanding of the needs of stakeholders and learners
  • Live our values
  • Celebrate our success
  • Build our business
  • Provide external Quality Assurance that ensures compliance and adds value

o   New management structure

o   New charging structure

Kayleigh Chainey, Centre Manager

o   Updates

  • Qualifications – Essential Skills - Employability
  • Apprenticeship
  • CPD training opportunities
  • New releases

Eleanor Jones, WCVA Performance & Support Manager

o   Active Inclusion fund details

  • European funding realities
  • Eligibility & application process
  • Support during process & projects

This was, as always, a really positive and productive gathering including opportunities to network with other providers.

It just so happened that on the same day a group were filming around the Botanic Gardens with a number of large birds of prey, including kites, hawks, falcons and vultures. Fascinating!