On May 8, ‘It’s Your Pembrokeshire’ will be held at The Queens Hall, Narberth, to foster conversations about topics which are relevant to the county’s residents and businesses.

A first-of-its kind event for the county, ‘It’s Your Pembrokeshire’ will be about co-creating positive change and encouraging discussions surrounding topics chosen by the community.

There will be eight ‘zones’ covering talking points that have been decided through consultation with local residents and organisations including Pembrokeshire College, Bluestone, PLANED, Haverhub, PAVS, Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum and others: They are Transport, Food, Creative Economy, Nature & Environment, Jobs & Skills, Community Action, Buying Local and Youth Empowerment.

At ‘It’s Your Pembrokeshire’ people can share ideas, discover existing opportunities and explore initiatives going on around the county. Businesses and organisations can raise awareness of what they do and make cross-sector connections, and individuals and community members can find relevant projects of interest.

This free event is organised by 4theRegion, a community interest company that hosts events and runs projects making a positive difference for people and small businesses in southwest Wales. They are on a mission to co-create a happier, healthier region with a thriving local economy.

 Zoe Antrobus, who founded 4theRegion in 2018 with Dawn Lyle, says: “We’re so excited to bring this event to Pembrokeshire after the  success of ‘It’s Your Swansea’, which has run since 2019 and has become an annual celebration of the people, businesses and organisations in the county of Swansea. We’ve worked with the people of Pembrokeshire to come up with topics that are relevant and important, which also tie into universal themes and things we all care about. We thank everyone for their input in this knowledge-share.”

Dawn Lyle, Co-Founder of 4theRegion, adds: “This free event is an exclusive opportunity for everyone in Pembrokeshire to get their voice heard. We’ll be getting big businesses in the room with small ones, companies and the community sitting round the table together. This is a perfect place for listening and sharing, and we hope to see as many people as possible there to engage in exciting conversations.”

Gitti Coats, Director of Haverhub and contributor to the consultation, says: “This event is organised by a team who know the value of conversation and collaboration – first amongst ourselves, which will accelerate growth then augment regional links. I find this very exciting, and I hope Pembrokeshire organisations will participate fully.

 “I’m privileged to hear many ideas expressed on a weekly basis while running a community hub in Haverfordwest. This event at the Queens Hall will be the perfect place to share those thoughts on a wider platform, and link ideas with people who can action them.”

There will be free refreshments including tea, coffee and a buffet sourced locally from the southwest Wales region. The event starts at 9.30am and runs until 3.30pm, with a lunch break. Everyone is welcome, RSVP at 4theregion.org.uk/its-your-pembrokeshire-2024