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? 

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We have worked with a range of third sector networks in Wales to stimulate discussion. These include  BAME AllianceChildren in WalesCWVYSDTA Cymru Interfaith Council for WalesThird 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 2018.

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 help@wcva.org.uk.  

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 Welsh Government.
  • 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.

Watch a Resilient Communities debate

Get in touch with Anna Nicholl.