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Supporting Local Places and Local People: Opportunities and Challenges for Welsh Towns

Report by Carnegie Trust UK and WCVA

One of WCVA’s goals for 2022 is to contribute to the third sector and volunteering making a bigger impact on current and future wellbeing.  As part of this, it is working with the voluntary sector to explore how the third sector and voluntary action can contribute to more empowered and resilient communities.  In 2016, the Trust commissioned international research to uncover innovative examples of towns from around the world that have experienced difficult times, but have made significant transformations, greatly improving the wellbeing of their citizens.

The resulting ‘Turnaround Towns’ report drew out key lessons from eight case studies from across the USA, Australia and New Zealand, and Europe.  Over the summer of 2017 the Carnegie Trust UK took the Turnaround Towns research to two Welsh towns – Merthyr Tydfil and Llandudno Junction – in partnership with WCVA.  Over two roundtable events, we tested the resonance of the themes that emerged from the research, and discussed the key challenges and opportunities for Welsh towns with stakeholders from Welsh and local government, and the voluntary and business sectors.

Based on our roundtable discussions, this report sets out recommendations for Welsh and local government, the voluntary and business sectors, and indeed individuals and communities themselves.  Along with WCVA, we look forward to engaging with key towns stakeholders in Wales to support the recommendations identified in the report.

Find out more at: https://www.carnegieuktrust.org.uk/project/turnaround-towns/

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