29 Mar 2018
Communities First draws to a close at the end of this month after 17 years, and with it our Communities First Support Service has also wound down.
The Communities First Support Service comes to an end on 31
March 2018. WCVA has been involved in the Communities First
programme since its inception, first as part of the programme's
planning and design process and then supporting those working on
the project with information, advice and training.
The impact of the Support Service
This infographic gives some insight into the amount of support
given to the Communities First workforce in the last five years,
totalling 1,235 days.
'We're immensely proud of the impact the Support Service (in its
various guises) has had since 2009 and can point to any number of
instances where we have helped preserve areas' inclusion in the
programme; challenged unfairness; unpicked some knotty and complex
issues; and gave people support, hope and a way forward when they
felt alone, adrift and hopeless. We even found the time to have a
laugh!' said Russell Todd signing off the service's Facebook
Russell has been the manager of the Communities First Support
Service at WCVA for almost a decade. 'It has been a pleasure to
meet so many passionate people, both paid and unpaid, working
unstintingly in their communities to affect positive change and
conceive a future for their communities that is different to their
You can read a more detailed account from Russell in his recent
Reflections on a career in Communities First.
Welsh Government has been clear that there will be no successor
programme to Communities First, but are planning a cross-government
approach to empowering communities. This should be reflected in how
they deliver the resilient communities commitments in their programme
WCVA has been looking at what needs to happen to create more
empowered communities in Wales, please visit our
resilient communities hub to find out more. We're working with
a range of partners so please get in touch with Fiona Harris if you would
like to get involved.