A Bit About Us
Who We Are
West Wales Activities Group - WWAG was established in January 2017 by a group of highly motivated and enthusiastic individuals with the aim of promoting the well-being of children, young people and adults in West Wales to help them achieve many of the goals set out in the Well-being of Future Generations Act (Welsh Government 2015); a more prosperous, more resilient, healthier, more equal and more cohesive, vibrant community in the area.
Chair, Matthew Harris, brings a breadth of expertise in education. He recently became an RYA assistant instructor in order to assist with Junior sailing and he holds the RYA safety boat Qualification. Matthew is a strong advocate for promoting outdoor adventurous sports for the children and young people, ensuring that initiatives focus on equality of access and opportunity for all.
Secretary, Sue Twidale, offers a wealth of administration experience having worked as a freelance book-keeper for a variety of businesses and accountancy firms, before being appointed Company Secretary to a print & design business in Herefordshire over 20 years ago. Since relocating to Pembrokeshire in 2005, Sue and her husband ran a very successful bed & breakfast, cafe and restaurant business based in the neighbouring village of Marloes, for nine seasons. Also secretary of the Marloes & St Brides Village Hall Committee, Sue is committed to bringing the opportunity of outdoor activities to those who cannot access these for themselves.
Gareth Reynolds brings both local knowledge and safety experience to the group having lived in Dale and been active on the water of Dale Bay and the surrounding coastline since childhood. A Director of Dale Sailing Limited based in Neyland, Gareth set up the West Wales Watersports Centre in Dale to ensure the continuity of the availability of water-based activities in his home village. A qualified Senior Dinghy Instructor, Windsurf Instructor and Powerboat Instructor, Gareth also runs the Pembrokeshire Islands boat trips to and around the local islands of Skomer, Skokholm and Grassholm, and his enormous experience of keeping people safe outdoors and on the water is an invaluable asset to our group.
Tom Stamp Is a local resident of Dale who offers a wealth of environmental knowledge of the area. Tom leads provision at the local FSC centre at Dale Fort and is passionate about promoting awareness of environmental conservation and sustainability within the marine environment. Tom brings a wealth of seamanship experience within the local context.
John Reynolds brings passion for sailing, local knowledge and safety experience to the group. The sea runs through the veins of John and there has been a Reynolds sailing out of Dale for over 50 years. John is the second generation of this local family to support water-based activities out of Dale. John is a fully qualified instructor, has a wealth of understanding, knowledge and experience to offer and is a great asset to the group and wider community.
John Mecklenburgh is a resident of Dale and Rear Commodore of Dale Yacht Club. He believes his love of boats comes from his grandfather who was a ship's carpenter. He built his own canoe at the age of 12 and then a couple of years later, thinking paddling was rather hard work, converted it to sail! He has loved sailing ever since. As a teacher he found that outdoor pursuits were the most rewarding of activities with children of all ages. He recently became an RYA Instructor in order to assist with Junior Sailing for the Yacht Club. John also holds a Safety Boat qualification and is very enthusiastic about the formation of WWAG as he is always eager to pass on his passion for water-based activities to others.
Luke Warlow, a junior committee member, brings the perspective of youth to our group. A local Dale boy, Luke’s interest in water-based activities sees him both taking part in sessions and assisting with safety boat cover at the local junior sailing sessions run by the Dale Yacht Club. His input into WWAG gives us the advantage of hearing first-hand the views of his own age group; giving us a good insight into those we are aiming to help.
Our Activity Providers
We wish to make our beautiful coastland accessible to all members of our community, ensuring that local children and young people learn, grow and explore with the sky as their canopy. By utilising the skills and profesionalism of outdoor activity providers, local environmental artists and field scientists, we offer equality of access and opportunity to allow participants to make the most of what Pembrokeshire has to offer.
West Wales Watersports Centre
Offering a wide range of mixed outdoor activity sessions, tailor-made to suit our beneficiaries, the West Wales Watersports Centre is an important and reliable partner of WWAG. With more than 50 years past experience, the Centre is AALA, RYA, British Canoe Union, Wales Canoe Union accredited and is a certified RYA Onboard Centre offering full sailing, windsurfing and paddlesport courses to the public. Their invaluable support for WWAG, including free use of their facilities and ongoing advice and help with events such as regattas and presentation evenings, will help ensure the sustainability of our organisation.
Dale Fort Field Studies Centre Dale Fort is an environmental education charity providing informative and enjoyable opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to discover, explore, and understand the environment. Sub-contracted by West Wales Watersports, Dale Fort instructors deliver first hand experiences using the environment to inspire scientific, physical exploration of this breathtaking part of Pembrokeshire. Taking in its sights, sounds and smells has the ability to motivate, deepen knowledge and broaden horizons.
Sean & Wendy Kehoe, Environmental Artists
From the way they treat our beneficiaries, the environments they work in and their sense of oneness with our location, husband and wife team Sean & Wendy demonstrate a personal approach with great care taken in everything they do. Now living on the water’s edge in Dale, Sean and Wendy share the experiences they have accumulated as mainstream art teachers: Sean was previously Head of Art at a school for 11-18 year olds in Port Talbot, whilst Wendy was a classroom and art teacher at Crug Glas Special Needs school for 4-19 year olds based in Swansea. With their additional experiences of running various workshop activities, Sean and Wendy expand minds and inspire innovation through the use of mixed art media, sculpture and story-telling.
All of our volunteers hold the appropriate DBS certification and we use the professional skills of only highly qualified instructors and teachers to lead our sessions, assisted by trained volunteers. All safety and practical equipment is monitored in line with the relevant National Governing Body for the appropriate activity, and all contractors are vetted to ensure that they hold the necessary insurances and qualifications for the sessions that they are running.