Funding Boost For Sunderland Crew

05 Jul

WCVA GROUP 676Key funding for volunteering and training support for the Pembroke Dock Sunderland Trust’s volunteer crew, who are helping deliver headline heritage initiatives, has again been forthcoming from the Wales Council for Voluntary Action.

The WCVA’s volunteering in Wales fund, which is funded by the Welsh Government, is providing 50 per cent of the cost for the Volunteer Training and Development Officer post to continue.

This follows on the WCVA’s earlier support which enabled the Trust to appoint to the post last year.

Eleanor Evans, who took over the post in April, is responsible for managing and developing the Trust’s volunteer team as well as recruiting new members to the team.

Eleanor said  ” We have a terrific team of volunteers who are taking on various roles at the Flying boat centre workshop and our new Fleets to Flying Boat Centre in the Royal Dockyard, and other elements of a rapidly developing project.


“This funding enables us to continue to develop our volunteer team and to recruit to it.We need more volunteers as the project expands and new initiatives are rolled out. It is an exciting time for the Trust and our volunteer’s are key to our success  now and in the and in the future.”

Mark Bendon,senior grants assessor of the WCVA,recently visited the Trusts’ newly established Flying Boat Centre in the former fleet surgeon’s house.

He said: “It was a delight to visit this project and meet the really enthusiastic staff, trustees and volunteers who have done so much to tell the fascinating story of the flying boats. You can actually touch the Perspex dome that was on the aeroplane which sank off Pembroke Dock so many years ago.

“Some painstaking work has been done to restore the formerly barnacle encrusted exhibits, and the models, photographs and interpretation really brings the story alive. It is very rewarding to see the volunteering in Wales grant being used by the volunteers from the community to help such an important part of the nations history.

“The charity offers impressive support and training to its volunteers and is helping to improve the choice of visitor attractions in the area. Wales Council for voluntary action is delighted to support such a worthwhile project.”

Joining Mark was Caroline White,Volunteering Co-Ordinator of PAVS,which has provided support in so many ways to the trust since it was set up in 2007 and opened the flying boat centre two years later.


For further information on the trust and volunteering opportunities speak with Eleanor Evans on 01646 684220 or by email