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Join Our Network: Community Sector Representation on the Partnership Council

Join Our Network: Community Sector Representation on the Partnership Council

After a break of more than two years in which there has been no community sector representation on the Third Sector Partnership Council, Building Communities Trust (BCT) are taking up the role of community sector representatives, in partnership with PLANED.

What is the Third Sector Partnership Council?

The Third Sector Partnership Council is a forum for discussions between representatives of third sector networks and the Welsh Government. It provides an opportunity for the sector to raise issues of interest or concern and allows for meetings with all Cabinet Secretaries twice a year.

There are representatives of 25 different Third Sector networks on the Partnership Council (the full list is here: https://www.wcva.org.uk/what-we-do/influencing/third-sector-partnership-council).

Our role is to represent the community sector – organisations working in specific geographical areas to benefit people living in those areas. Some of those organisations may also be social enterprises or working with particular groups (e.g. young people), but anyone who is working to benefit a particular place is welcome to join our network

How will this work?

To be able to represent the community sector effectively, we need to build a network of other organisations. Through this network, we’ll look at the interests and concerns of the community sector and get your views on proposals coming from Government.

To communicate with the network, we’ll set up a Partnership Council web page, issue quarterly e-bulletins and hold periodic consultation events across Wales.

Join Us!

If you’d like to join our network, click here https://form.jotformeu.com/81832430468357

.  We’ll spend the next few months building the network and will be holding workshops to bring network members together in February next year. These will be:

5 February 2019 in South West Wales

18 February 2019 in South East Wales


21 February 2019 in North Wales.

More details, including location and how to register will be available soon.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Chris Johnes or Emma Shepherd at BCT on 02921 202280

Who are Building Communities Trust?

BCT are probably the largest supporter of asset-based community development work in Wales, running the Invest Local programme http://www.bct.wales/invest-local/ in 13 mainly urban areas in Wales. We do have much wider networks than the Invest Local areas, but are aware that there is still lots of community activity we are unaware of, which is why we are so pleased to work with PLANED in undertaking this work.

Who are PLANED?

PLANED is a community-led partnership established as a social enterprise, a Development Trust, a charity, and a company limited by guarantee, with its Board members being representatives from communities and from the public and private sectors. We have over 30 years’ experience of implementing integrated rural development through supporting enterprise, sustainable agriculture and tourism, heritage and environmental activities, through community engagement and participation. www.planed.org.uk

We are a member of the South West and Central regional LAG group, which meet quarterly. And also work closely with the independent Local Action Groups and have worked across Wales on projects such as Glastir and Smarter Energy.  We are also part of the DTA Enterprising Solutions project which is a Wales wide network supporting community enterprises.  We sit on the WG people and communities round table working group, Community Led local development group and until recently the independent review panel looking at the Community and Town council sector in Wales.  In Europe we continue to play a part in the European Rural Parliament.

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