Group of EYST participants

Better Futures Wales: Community Foresight project

A pilot project working with three communities in Wales to imagine and plan for ‘Better Futures’.

The Better Futures Wales Project is a six-month project funded by the National Lottery Emerging Futures Fund (ending on 31 March 2021). WCVA has worked in partnership with the School of International Futures to undertake this pilot across three communities in Wales.

This project builds on discussions with diverse voluntary and community groups about how we can shape a positive future in the wake of Covid-19.

The purpose of the project is to encourage participants and their communities to dream about what a better future looks like for them and to develop an action plan for implementation.

THE COMMUNITIES

Through an open recruitment process three communities were identified, two of place and one of young people.

The two communities of place were Ruthin / Denbigh and Aberystwyth, and the community of young people were engaged through EYST (Ethnic Youth Support Team).

In Ruthin / Denbigh we worked with three organisations; Resource CIC, Drosi Bikes and Y Ty Gwyrdd, and in Aberystwyth we worked with Aber Food Surplus.

We also recruited three facilitators from within Wales to support the delivery and increase local skills and knowledge in community foresight.

THE METHODOLOGY

The chosen methodology for this project was a proven community futures methodology called ‘Seeds of Change’. This was developed by the Good Anthropocene and uses accessible and straightforward futures methods which are particularly suited to engaging communities and enabling them to imagine their own futures and create change.

Each community participated in two workshops. The first was about ‘dreaming big’ and using positive ‘seeds of change’ to explore the ripple effect that ideas, small scale projects or innovation can have. In workshop one, ‘futures wheels’ were used to capture the narrative from each of the groups.

In workshop two the ‘Three Horizons’ technique was used to enable the communities to build the steps to their preferred future.

As part of the process, each community developed its own community foresight report including a selection of preferred futures. These futures are used to develop high-level action plans which enable them to start working towards their vision.

SHARING THE FINDINGS

Coming soon…

As part of the project a suite of resources have been developed to support and enable community-led foresight projects across Wales.

For more information on this project please get in touch by emailing policy@wcva.cymru.