Funded Residential Retreats to Elan Valley, Powys, Wales

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01597 811527
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During 2019, the Elan Links project in the Elan Valley, Mid Wales have worked with many different groups from Birmingham, who have enjoyed a two-night stay undertaking activities including everything from canoeing to bushcraft and archery to campfire cooking.

Groups have included YMCA, Young Carers, British Red Cross, schools, youth centres and community project groups.

Do you work with people from disadvantaged groups in Birmingham?

Elan Links: People, Nature, Water scheme, delivered in partnership with Tir Coed, offers funded overnight retreats for groups from Birmingham to visit the stunning Elan Valley in mid-Wales and reconnect with the place their water comes from.  The retreats are for people of all ages who experience barriers accessing the natural environment, and who can benefit from having space and time for outdoor challenges – or simple relaxation. 

We will arrange bespoke activity sessions to suit your group. These usually include a tour of the estate and a trip into one of the dams, but can include:

  • Craft Activities;
  • Nature Activities;
  • Arts Activities; and
  • Adventure activities, including high ropes, kayaking and raft building.

The famous Elan Valley reservoirs provide 360 million litres of water to the people of Birmingham every day.  Elan Links retreats enable people from Birmingham to connect with this unique Elan Valley heritage – and enjoy health benefits in Elan’s beautiful landscape.

We will work with you to create a package of accommodation and activities that are right for your group. Depending on your choices, all of these costs may be covered by the Elan Links Scheme, but in every case you will need to organise and finance your own transport.  Funded visits typically last for two nights.

Elan Links is a five-year scheme that started in December 2017, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. It aims to protect the natural and built heritage of the Elan Valley and boost the opportunities available for work, training, volunteering, farming and visitors. The project partners alongside Tir Coed are the Elan Valley Trust, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, Community Arts Rhayader and District (CARAD) and Natural Resources Wales.

For more information please email Anna Georgiou elanlinks[at]tircoed.org[dot]uk or phone 01597 811527. Alternatively, visit our website www.tircoed.org.uk/elan-retreats to register your interest.