The PAWS community takes the message into market cafes

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The PAWS network takes the message into market cafes


The brand new PAWS mugs are delivered to Machynlleth livestock market

by Sue Newham
Engagement Officer
 Powys Affiliation of Voluntary Organisations

The Powys Agri Wellbeing Support network is facilitated by PAVO, however attended by a variety of third sector and statutory organisations.

The community has had many discussions about the way to elevate consciousness of the numerous providers which can be on the market to help members of the farming group. On the finish of 2019, it was agreed that the community would produce an info sheet in English and Cymraeg with particulars of all of the help out there, with telephone contact particulars. 

Every sheet is 2 sides of A4, in order that organisations can print them out and provides them to those that battle with digital connection. They will also be positioned in group buildings, or utilized by workers who recurrently communicate to farmers.

The community has dedicated to updating these each 6 months. The sheets are also available on the PAVO website for easy download.

These info sheets have been nicely used and useful, however nonetheless the community grappled with the way to get help messages out to farmers and members of the farming group the place they're.

Discussions got here up with the thought of mugs branded with a number of help numbers to be positioned in livestock market cafés throughout Powys.The design work was completed and agreed, however the challenge of funding remained.


Fortunately, the PTHB Charitable Funds grant opened, and Kate Miles of the DPJ Basis stepped in to steer on the applying on behalf of the PAWS group.

Funding was awarded for 396 mugs to be printed.

Mugs had been handed over at every livestock market throughout April 2022.

Brecon livestock market

Just a few mugs got to auctioneers the place there was no market café.

Builth Wells livestock market

Many constructive feedback have been acquired concerning the mugs.

Jess Morris, a regional champion for the DPJ Basis mentioned:

“I absolutely love these mugs. They are really great because all the foundations are on them and they are bright coloured. They will do well in the farming community. As a young farmer working in the farming community, I don't think farmers like to speak out about mental health. It is a challenging sector and promoting a tiny bit here and there will be essential.”

Knighton livestock market


Talgarth livestock market

The Powys Agri Wellbeing Help facilitator, Sue Newham, from PAVO, says:

“It is great to have brought this project to a successful conclusion, but as a group we have to keep pushing forward with raising awareness. Great though the mugs are, we can’t rest on our laurels. We would like to have a more regular “in person” presence at livestock markets, so we're discussing how we are able to make this occur.”

Welshpool livestock market
Taylbont & Sennybridge livestock markets

If you need to be a part of the Powys Agri Wellbeing Help group,

Rhayader livestock market



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