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A community-led Practical Action Programme

Published : 14/06/21 | Categories: Influencing | News |

In the face of Covid-19 people and communities stepped up with new ideas and approaches to get things done. Now a practical action programme wants to hear from diverse groups of people, organisations and partnerships with ideas on how community led action can help build a fairer, greener, healthier future.


Are you a community group or cross-sector partnership that has diverse, inclusive ideas, activities or approaches that you want to test? Can you innovate at pace with local communities, working with others as a team across boundaries?

This is an opportunity to take part in a rapid period of testing and learning, developing existing ideas as well as experimenting with new ones. You’ll be looking at how local relationships help good things happen, or don’t. What you learn will help policy makers understand how national strategy can support communities to thrive.

You’ll be experienced in community action, eager to experiment and already working with others, or have an idea of how you’d like to work in partnership to get things done. You’ll be diverse and inclusive, an active member of, or leading a community group, working in the voluntary, statutory or private sector. This includes a Local Authority or health board team working in the community, or a community-minded local business or enterprise with good ideas.

Nesta is looking for three teams from across Wales able to take part in this fast-paced three month structured programme. They provide coaching, support and facilitation to test ideas at pace in your community.

They want to learn:

  • How communities that adapted well to Covid can maintain and sustain their efforts and infrastructure
  • What it takes to build sustainable, collaborative relationships across sectors that share, create and release power – putting citizens and communities ‘in the driving seat’
  • How everyone in communities can access, contribute to, participate in and benefit from community action.
  • How a shared understanding of the value of community action can be developed and demonstrated

Commissioned by Wales Council for Voluntary Action, the programme is working with community leaders to present evidence to Welsh Government. It’s delivered in partnership with Nesta’s People Powered Results team.

We’ll hold informal drop-in sessions on Zoom on the following dates:

Find out more here.

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