A strong third sector in Wales has a vital role to play in securing a positive future for our society, according to two new reports.
reports also warn that action is needed today to
prevent the sector becoming weaker and more fragmented in the
The research, which explored what global trends might mean for
Wales and its third sector, reveals an increasingly uncertain and
complex future. The aftermath of the UK referendum vote to leave
the European Union is a clear example of this.
More big changes lie ahead which will impact on people and
communities across Wales, according to the Shape Your
Future reports. These include globalisation, climate change,
fast-changing technology, demographic changes and new relationships
between citizens, community groups and public services.
A healthy and active third sector in Wales should be at the
forefront of responding positively to these big challenges. Whether
it's speaking out for the most marginalised, driving local
solutions or contributing to a fairer economy, the report
challenges the sector to explore how it can shape our future for
'The future wellbeing of our communities will be dependent on
our ability to take early action to prepare for these changes, to
build resilience for the long term through community-led action,'
said Peter Davies CBE, Chair of WCVA.
'We need to become a society that prevents problems from
occurring rather than one that - as now - copes with the
However, the reports also raise significant concerns over
whether the sector will be able to meet these challenges if action
isn't taken. Two major concerns highlighted were levels and sources
of funding for the sector and people's engagement with the
Wales Association of County Voluntary Councils Chair Richard
Edwards said the reports raised some fundamental issues, 'not all
of which are comfortable reading'.
He added: 'It's clear that if the sector is to play its full
role in improving wellbeing over the longer term, we will need to
work closely with partners across all sectors.'
WCVA Chief Executive Ruth Marks said: 'WCVA will connect
activity across Wales enabling our members and partners to make a
positive impact. Working together we support the strong civil
society that is needed to shape a better future for Wales.'
Read both reports, Shape Your Future - Future Scenarios
and Shape Your Future - Future Trends, on our research pages.