The LEADER Scheme can be a useful socio-economic tool in both the immediate response to the emergency in rural areas and the longer-term recovery process. Welsh Local Action Groups (LAGs) have identified immediate priorities on the ground. These include:

  • Securing and distributing food and medical supplies to all including the most rurally/socially isolated
  • Identifying local resources including co ordinating volunteers and supporting short supply chains
  • Networking and collaborating to ensure an informed and appropriate approach to meet local needs.

Many LEADER Local Action Groups and their Administrative Bodies in Wales have adapted their expertise and applied the LEADER approach to assist businesses and communities during the immediate response to the coronavirus pandemic.