LEADER

The LEADER Approach

"Liaison Entre Actions de Développement de l'Économie Rurale"

LEADER is a French acronym meaning 'Links between the rural economy and development actions.

It’s a method of harnessing local knowledge to enable 'bottom up' community led approach to rural development and is a Europe-wide programme.

The aim of LEADER is to increase support to local rural community and business networks to build knowledge and skills, and encourage innovation and cooperation in order to tackle local development objectives.

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Project idea examples for the 5 themes:


ADDING VALUE TO LOCAL IDENTITY AND NATURAL AND CULTURAL RESOURCES

        • Projects that make best use of natural assets such as community grown food initiatives or community woodlands
        • Developing new activities related to the natural environment and heritage
        • Building the capacity of events to encourage sustainability
        • Develop ideas to increase the use of the Welsh Language
        • Develop ideas that link producers, retailers, caterers and visitors and products together
        • Improve the knowledge of the local natural and historical environment of local tourism providers


FACILITATING PRE-COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT, BUSINESS PARTNERSHIPS AND SHORT SUPPLY CHAINS

  • Projects that link skills and needs together (Skills Banks)
  • Development of new business partnerships or growing existing ones
  • Develop mentoring/ambassador schemes
  • Projects that create an entrepreneurial and innovative culture
  • Projects that enable employment of local people
  • Development of new products or processes
  • Develop and/or build on Conwy brands
  • Pilot innovative approaches to supply chain development
  • Projects using innovative methods of increasing the number of businesses engaging with public and private support services


EXPLORING NEW WAYS OF PROVIDING NON-STATUTORY LOCAL SERVICES

  • Piloting news ways of delivering services such as transport
  • Facilitate community engagement and information to identify community resilience and capacity to enable service delivery
  • Projects that build the capacity of local factors to allow them to deliver local services
  • Innovative projects that improve the health and wellbeing of local people
  • Research and visits to other best practice project examples
  • Projects that develop volunteering opportunities and training placements
  • Support for the development of community hubs
  • Projects that trial alternative ways of delivering non statutory services


RENEWABLE ENERGY AT COMMUNITY LEVEL

  • Community engagement activities to disseminate renewable energy (RE) information to communities
  • Energy audits to identify hotspot communities for RE or energy efficiency
  • Projects that support the reduction of fuel poverty within the county
  • Projects that use community benefits from RE to alleviate poverty
  • Projects that support businesses to become more energy efficient
  • Projects that utilise natural resources to deliver local solutions
  • Facilitation of support by communities through mentoring and familiarisation visits
  • Engagement activities to disseminate RE information to land owners and rural businesses
  • Fuel sourcing from community woodlands


EXPLOITATION OF DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY

  • Projects that increase the uptake of digital technologies within the business and community sectors
  • Projects that use digital technologies to provide services
  • Projects that build on existing web platforms or creates new ones
  • Projects that increase the uptake and usage of digital technology to improve business productivity and effectiveness
  • Pilot mentoring or buddy schemes to encourage the use of social media
  • Pilot innovative ways of using new technologies to provide information


You can find out more about LEADER in this short film from the European Network for Rural Development (ENRD): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsMPAbzGlo4


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LAG Meet the team
LEADER Local Development Strategy
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