Group of EYST participants

Better Futures Wales lottery funded project launched

Published : 04/12/20 | Categories: News |

WCVA are delighted to announce a new National Lottery funded project – helping three communities in Wales develop their visions for a better future.

WCVA recently received £45,790 from The National Lottery Emerging Futures Fund to run the Better Future Wales Community Foresight project across Wales.

WCVA will be working with the School of International Futures to deliver this project.

The project will build on recent work in which diverse voluntary and community groups have engaged in discussions about how we can shape a positive future in the wake of Covid-19. The project is supported by the Better Futures Wales steering group which is made up of voluntary sector leaders from across Wales.

The project will work with two communities of place and one of young people.

The first community of place is Denbigh/Ruthin in Denbighshire where the team will be working with three community groups; Resource CIC (an organisation who redirect items from landfill and promote the circular economy), Drosi Bikes (an organisation supporting active travel) and Y Ty Gwyrdd (a planned community hub with zero waste shop and community workshops).

The second community of place is Aberystwyth and the partner organisation is Aber Food Surplus who are taking action to reduce food waste through redistributing surplus food among the community.

EYST (Ethnic Youth Support Team) will support us to engage with their community of young people across Wales. EYST deliver a range of services to support young people from BAME communities.

Each community will participate in two three-hour workshops, starting this week, using proven community futures methodology called ‘Seeds of Hope’. This approach will enable the groups to develop visions and action plans for a better future for their community.

The School of International Futures will develop and deliver the workshops supported by two Wales based facilitators who will be trained in the methodology.

As part of the project a toolkit will be developed for use by other community groups who are interested in undertaking visioning exercises in their communities. A series of podcasts and blogs will also be developed.

For more information on the project please contact Aimee Parker, Better Futures Wales Project Officer, on aparker@wc001.ddtestsite.co.uk

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