Improving our communities
There are many organisations in Wales which aim to encourage communities to work more closely together, such as:
- The Community Foundation in Wales which works towards growing the voluntary and community sector, to encourage local people to lead projects and to develop their own solutions based on need.
- Community Energy Wales is a not for profit membership organisation that has been set up to provide assistance and a voice to community groups working on energy projects in Wales. They want to help create the conditions in Wales that allow community energy projects to flourish, and communities to prosper,
- Community Music Wales, a music charity who deliver arts activity to disadvantaged groups and individuals through enabling them to participate in creativity and learning through music, and
- The Welsh Government has a core aim of strengthening local communities in its programme for government. The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 expects public bodies to think more about the long term, work better with people and communities and each other, look to prevent problems and take a more joined-up approach. One of the goals is for a Wales of cohesive communities which are attractive, viable, safe and well-connected.
Sustainability is at the heart of this act with the sustainable development principal. Public bodies must ensure the needs of the present are met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
The government has also introduced the Communities First programme, which supports the most disadvantaged people in society by building resilient communities. The approach aims to ensure communities are ready and able to work; are engaged and empowered to have their voices heard in the decisions that affect them, and give children the best start in life. Other policies such as improving primary care services and Flying Start fit into this vision.