WCVA are pleased to send you a copy of our paper – Empowering Communities which aims to provide a summary of findings and recommended actions to:
- inform thinking in the third sector
- influence policy and action in Wales
We would like to thank everyone who expressed an interest in this work, gave of their time and expertise to help to develop the proposals. Without your input this work would not have been possible. You provided a wealth of practical ideas, suggestions and values.
After the Welsh Government announced that it would phase out Communities First and develop a “new approach to building resilient communities” WCVA has worked with partners to develop proposals on how we can collectively increase community empowerment and community wellbeing.
A discussion paper, co-written with Talwrn, framed the initial debate. We also held two related roundtables with Carnegie UK Trust and co-published a joint report, Supporting Local Places and Local People: Opportunities and Challenges for Welsh Towns
Since then we have worked in close partnership with Building Communities Trust and the Talwrn network and held regular discussions with third sector networks, including the Black Asian Minority Ethnic Alliance, Children in Wales, DTA Cymru, CWVYS, Interfaith Council for Wales, Third Sector Support Wales, Urdd Gobaith Cymru, and Wales Equality Group.
Core to the work was engagement. We used a variety of participative and digital methods including podcasts, vlogs, blogs, workshops, debates (Please use Google Chrome) as well as traditional written submissions from across the sector and roundtable discussions.
We have drawn on research evidence, including:
- the Institute of Voluntary Action Research’s (IVAR) Empowered 2020s research
- Carnegie UK Trust’s Turnaround Towns research
- The Young Foundation’s Valuing Place research
We would encourage you to continue to engage with this work as it moves forward to ensure that both your voice and that of the third sector in Wales is heard.
Read the full report at: wcva-empowering-communities-report_final