Fishguard & Goodwick station has been adopted by a Pembrokeshire community group, which provides a range of activities for young people in the Fishguard area.
The station was officially adopted by the Fishguard based ‘POINT’ organisation as part of Arriva Trains Wales’ ‘Adopt a Station’ scheme, which aims to help develop links with local communities living near unstaffed railway stations. The scheme, which has been in existence since 2004, is designed to encourage regular feedback about the appearance of unstaffed stations to help ensure they meet the high standards expected by customers. Regular reports are submitted to the station manager containing feedback on lighting, litter, timetable information and any other issue that may require attention by the station maintenance team.
‘POINT’ is based at the Popworks Youth Centre in Fishguard and is open six days a week, 50 weeks of the year, offering a great range of activities for young people aged 11 to 25, including sports and recreation, training and skills development, cooking and healthy eating, personal development and challenges such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.
As an independent registered charity, ‘POINT’ relies on the support of the local community, funding bodies, partner organisations and the town and county councils. It was established in 2000 after a community survey was carried out which highlighted the lack of provision for young people within the twin communities.
Speaking at the station, Sue Mackie, general manager of ‘POINT’ said; “It is a great opportunity for the young people to provide a service to the rest of the community. It will help us to promote more sustainable travel within the youth club and explore more options for using the train. We are looking forward to helping to promote the use of the train to the wider community through leaflets and flyers. The adoption scheme will act as an on-going project, which can be used to promote the role of young people within their community.”
Geraint Morgan, community affairs manager for Arriva Trains Wales said; “We are grateful to the group for their commitment in adopting Wales’ newest station. As the gateway to the National Coastal Path and the town, the station is often the first impression visitors will have of the town. With the support of ‘POINT’ and by acting as an extra pair of eyes and ears for us, we can ensure the station meets the high standards expected by regular passengers and visitors to the area.”