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Connecting community, local and national action for a better future

Published : 21/07/21 | Categories: Influencing |

In the face of Covid-19 people and communities stepped up with new ideas and approaches to get things done.

A new practical action programme has now been launched to explore how community led action can help build a fairer, greener, healthier future. It will learn from diverse groups of people, organisations and partnerships creating change in their communities.

People Powered Results (PPR) is working with WCVA and national partners in the voluntary sector, local government and town and community councils to deliver this transformation programme focussed on Covid recovery. This is an opportunity to inform future strategy and support policy-makers to hard-wire community and voluntary action into national & local government. is working with WCVA and national partners in the voluntary sector, local government and town and community councils to deliver this transformation programme focussed on Covid recovery. Welsh Government will capture the learning to inform future strategy and support policy-makers to hard-wire community and voluntary action into local government.

Three local teams will be at the core of the programme. Each is made up of community groups and cross-sector partnerships that have diverse, inclusive ideas, activities or approaches to test. They will innovate at pace, and work across boundaries to generate learning.

Credu Connecting Carers, based in Powys, is looking to build local capacity in social care, understand what matters to carers and those they care for, and support co-production of the social care economy in Ystradgynlais, Llandrindod and Welshpool.

Cwmbwrla Community Events/Circus Eruption, based in Swansea, is working to build on the ways in which they’ve facilitated community action during the pandemic, which has exposed new needs and opportunities, connections and ideas.

Llanrhian Connected Community aims to ​​help community leaders, volunteers, and residents to see the power of positive connection, realise their value to the whole community, and connect all efforts to create a bigger, more connected and supported community picture.

Based on established PPR methodology, we will use prototyping methods to support a series of community-based, cross-sector collaborative experiments, supporting teams to rapidly test their ideas and then feed into longer-term plans for sustainability.

The programme will build on the rise in, and increased recognition of, community engagement during the Covid-19 pandemic. It will connect into ongoing work across WCVA and wider stakeholders to empower communities. Teams will be looking at how local relationships help good things happen, or don’t.

The overarching aim of this programme is to generate insights, impact and learning which can help policy makers understand how national strategy can support communities to thrive. Ultimately this will seek to empower and enable communities, and explore what is needed to put voluntary action at the heart of local places.

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