Margaret Griffiths and Polly Ferguson have been chosen as part of the first group of seven Welsh volunteers who are travelling to sub-Saharan Africa to take part in the International Learning Opportunities programme, funded by the Wales for Africa framework. The volunteers will spend eight weeks working with colleagues in public and voluntary services in Cameroon and Zambia, sharing best practice, skills and experiences.
Margaret Griffiths from Pontyclun, works for the Wales Audit Office as a Performance Specialist and Polly Ferguson from Cardiff, works for the Welsh Assembly Government as a Nursing Officer in the Office of the Chief Nursing Officer. They will both work with local authorities in Cameroon, to identify ways in which they can improve their services.
Meeting Polly and Margaret before they head off to Cameroon later this week, the First Minister said:
We in Wales are renowned for our desire to help those elsewhere in the world less fortunate than ourselves. This new skills development programme is a great example of what we are trying to achieve through the Welsh Assembly Government’s Wales for Africa framework. This scheme will offer benefits for both Wales and Africa. Not only will the Welsh volunteers be able to share important skills and best practice with their African counterparts, but the volunteers will also gain valuable experience which will help them in their jobs when they return to Wales.
The eight-week placements are managed by Public Service Management Wales in association with international development organisation VSO, to provide opportunities for managers in the Welsh public service to enhance their skills whilst working on long-term development projects in sub-Saharan Africa. For more information visit www.wales.gov.uk/psmw or call 029 2068 1343.
Notes to editors
The other Welsh volunteers taking part in this scheme are:
Rachel Ross, Deputy Chief Officer of the Association of Voluntary Organisations Wrexham (AVOW), will work in Cameroon’s Ministry of Agriculture
Elle McBride, a Consultation and Participation Officer, Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council, will work at various Councils in Northwest Cameroon
Hannah Preedy, Assistant Manager at Discovery Student Volunteering, will work for the Children in Need Network in Zambia.
Tracy Breadmore-Lammas, Regeneration Project Coordinator for Torfaen County Borough Council, will work at Mazabuka Municipal Council in Zambia.
Lucy Hancock, a Health Promotion Practitioner for the National Public Health Services, will work with Thandizani Home Based Care, which provides home care for people living with HIV and Aids in Zambia.
13 February 2008