WCVA has been working with members and a range of partners to develop proposals on developing more resilient communities. Within this, we’re particularly interested in what needs to happen to achieve more empowered communities.
What did we do?
We have worked with a range of third sector networks in Wales to
stimulate discussion. These include
BAME Alliance, Children in
Wales, CWVYS, DTA Cymru,
Interfaith Council for Wales, Third Sector Support
Wales and Wales Equality Group. We've also drawn on the
knowledge, experience and networks of our Communities First
Support Service which WCVA delivered between 2009 and March
To support initial ideas, we developed a joint
discussion paper with Talwrn. This had a
number of questions to help get us thinking. We hope it will also
be useful for other groups to develop their own thinking.
We hosted a number of discussion sessions online and face to
face over the summer and autumn of 2017. These were
opportunities to share and discuss different ideas from across and
beyond the sector. This included our panel
debate at WCVA's stand at the 2017 Eisteddfod, which is
now available to view.
We launched a series of blogs on
the theme of resilient communities, beginning with a look at how
community anchors can be key to local action. We love to hear
feedback, so if you have any thoughts, please leave a comment on a
blog or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We're also keen to link with others working in this area. If you
are, please get in touch. For example, we've hosted two roundtable
sessions with Carnegie UK
Trust to discuss implications from their
Turnaround Towns work for towns in Wales. This led
to the publication of a report,
Supporting Local Places for Local People, which makes a number
of recommendations for the third, public and private sectors to
help develop resilient communities.
This all led to the development of:
- a paper on Resilient Communities, which we have submitted to
- A report titled Empowering
Communities, which outlines six principles to create
empowered communities around Wales.
We will continue to monitor developments in this area, and let
the sector know about any further opportunities to get its voice
heard by Welsh Government.
Find out more
Listen to our podcast series
Follow activities on the Twitter hashtag #ResilientCommunities.
Resilient Communities debate
Get in touch with Anna Nicholl.