Enliven

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Enliven
River Wye
The Enliven project is setting about to create a new mentor-based ‘skills bank’. This will support the sharing and preserving of skills in local communities, drawing from traditional styles of learning whilst in the workplace and real life settings.

Enliven is creating a list of all skills available within each local community, Enliven will become a resource for people to use. Whether looking to hire a skilled trades person; to learn a skill yourself or to simply learn more about your local community, Enliven will provide a rich source of information about what’s available locally, from plumbing services and designers to traditional crafts and animal care.

The project will be aimed at local communities in and around the River Wye, enabling locals to meet new people close to home, share knowledge about the local surroundings and build a more sustainable network of support. is a natural wild swimmer from Hay On Wye with a passion for the whole Wye valley.

Starting in August 2011, Enliven is working with Barbara Lewthwaite, owner of the Hollybush Inn, who will swim the length of the River Wye from its source in the Welsh mountains at Plynlimon to Tintern Abbey, a distance of 140 miles over the course of seven consecutive days. In doing so, she aims to raise £100,000 to support Enliven, a charity supporting sustainable community projects in towns and villages along its banks.

Goals of the Enliven Project

1. Making the Wye accessible to more people, by facilitating elderly, less advantaged and differently abled people's use of the river and surrounding countryside.

2. Working in community to learn from, preserve and develop the diversity and health of the natural environment.

3. Supporting mentoring and community networking to enhance the local skills bank and increase local trade.

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