Participating Project

Project information

Pembrokeshire Pod

Pembrokeshire FRAME owns a steel framed building within their carpark at their Merlin's Bridge site. They plan to renovate the building into a state of the art Enterprise, Community and Well Being Centre.

June 2017 - July 2018

Charity information: Pembrokeshire Frame Limited

Pembrokeshire Frame Limited logo
  • Need


    Setting up a business can be very daunting, particularly for disadvantaged individuals. We are aware that poverty, unemployment and social isolation is increasingly a concern in Pembrokeshire. We also recognise the increase of people with disabilities, mental health issues and dementia in the county.


    We plan to provide training and support to business start ups, particularly to disadvantaged individuals who would normally find it impossible to start up in business. 2 start up pods will be available to rent at affordable prices. We will offer affordable short courses in art, crafts & nature. Whilst our wellbeing centre will provide activities and therapies to encourage positive health outcomes for all participants. Café & garden seating areas will help people to connect and reduce isolation.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Encourage enterprise and training


    » Provide 2 pods for start up businesses to rent. 1 pod will be awarded to 1 disabled individual with 18 months free rent.
    » Provide affordable training and support to anybody in Pembrokeshire wishing to start a business, with focused support for disadvantaged individuals.

    We will monitor numbers of people attending our training courses and the success of businesses renting the pods.

    Aim 2

    Improve Health and Well Being in Pembrokeshire


    » We will provide a calendar of well being activities, working with Practitioners to provide affordable courses and therapies.

    We will monitor the use of our well being courses, activities & workshops. Ask participants to complete questionnaires. We also plan to build a man shed to further reduce isolation

    Aim 3

    Reduce Isolation


    » The new centre with a calendar of regular events, a café at the heart of the building and local information will bring people together.

    We will set up support groups and clubs to bring like minded people together and monitor the success of these, whilst directly asking people if their thoughts about the project.

  • Impact


    In the long run we hope to reduce unemployment, help to reduce instances of mental health issues. Help to reduce the symptoms of dementia. We hope fewer people with suffer from loneliness and we hope that people in general will live happier healthier lives as a result of our project. We also hope to inspire individuals to take an interest in arts, culture and creating, with the overall aim that we will be 'recycling life potential'.


    Our first concern is that we will not raise enough funds to complete our project on time. We have a very tight schedule and need to renovate the building as soon as possible. We are continuously approaching a number of funders and plan to launch a capital appeal very soon to raise as much support as possible.


    We are currently developing a new website and social media links which will carry regular updates about our project. We also propose to create a Pod newspaper and a blog. We will prepare a report at the end of the project which we will be keen to share with other project developers as best practice.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £379,920

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      Amount Heading Description
      £264,921 Buidling Conversion Renovation of Steel Framed Building into Pembrokeshire Pod
      £100,000 Equipment Fixtures, Fittings & Furniture
      £14,999 Project Development Project development, architects costs, art therapy, consultation etc.

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    LEADER £14,999 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Pembrokeshire Pod will be located within the carpark of the Pembrokeshire FRAME, Merlin's Bridge site in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire.


    All community members of and visitors to Pembrokeshire;
    Disadvantaged Individuals;
    People with disabilities;
    People with mental health issues;
    People with dementia;
    Individuals aged 50+
    Individuals suffering from substance and alcohol misuse;
    Parents with young children;
    Local residents;
    Local charities;
    Local schools
    Local nhs as a result of improved wellbeing

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    FRAME has been operating for 23 years and has an excellent track record in delivering training, supporting people with disabilities and providing a supported working environment. FRAME is a well respected charity that excels in recycling and re-use and therefore has a firm background upon which to base this new project.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Jenny Sims


    FRAME Senior Management Team

    General support