Community Action: Your ideas chosen by your community!

Community Action: Your ideas chosen by your community!

A new Community Action project is taking place across Llanedi Ward.

The upside of a global pandemic is the opportunities created for people to establish social connections and build local resourcefulness. A small army of volunteers have been essential over the past 12 months in supporting our residents with all manner of needs. From hot food projects to prescription collections, shopping to helping with foodbank deliveries, it’s been great to see so many rallying round to help.

Volunteering has been a two way process as Covid Volunteer Sharon Lyle explained “As I had not been living in Tycroes long, volunteering gave me the opportunity to help others and get to know the community better. As a result I have met many people and made new friends”

“The Covid volunteers have been an inspiration, showing exactly how local action can make such a difference. There needs to be a positive legacy from all this great volunteer work. To help achieve this, we’ve been working with the volunteers and CAVS to find engaging ways of moving this forward. ” said Ruth Davies, Community Development Officer for Llanedi Community Council.

One exciting development is the new participatory budgeting scheme which will allow local people and groups to put forward project ideas. These ideas will be pooled and put back to the community to decide upon. The project hopes to support three or more projects in each village area, supplying up to £250.00 for each project to cover materials, publicity etc.

These projects could include ideas that:

  • Boost intergenerational connections
  • Alleviate the loneliness and isolation
  • Bring communities together
  • Help create new hobby or activity groups etc

Jamie, Community Volunteering Development Officer for CAVS, “Community action could be a driving force in Llanedi, Tycroes and Hendy. Engaging local residents in the upcoming participatory budgeting events is critical for its current and future success in creating connections for all.  Supporting communities to feel empowered and involved in decisions affecting them is at the heart of this and CAVS is thrilled to be partner”.

As well as the participatory budgeting, the project is also supporting a range of initiatives, including the development of community hubs.

To submit your project ideas by the deadline of March 15th, please contact Llanedicdo@gmail.com.

We are also encouraging residents of Llanedi, Tycroes and Hendy/Fforest to register via eventbrite to be able to vote on the proposed activities for each community action hub:

For more details contact Ruth Llanedicdo@gmail.com, 07862 218066

The project has received funding from the Welsh Government and the West Wales Regional Partnership Board, administered via CAVS.

Photo: Covid Volunteers delivering a chippy tea to local residents in Tycroes

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