Community Profiles and Supporting Communities
Welcome to our Community Profiles and Supporting Communities!
Communities in the Fund’s area of benefit (the upper reaches of the Neath, Afan, Rhondda and Cynon Valleys) now have a dedicated Supporting Communities Team, providing development support to Fund applicants and grant recipients. Neath Port Talbot CVS and Interlink (the County Voluntary Councils for Neath Port Talbot and Rhondda Cynon Taf) employ skilled staff to work alongside Community Fund staff and in partnership with local leaders and communities to ensure that the Fund brings about positive and long-lasting changes. The Supporting Communities Team provide hands-on support and introductions to further specialist services when needed. The Team also bring groups together across traditional boundaries, identifying and promoting opportunities to plan and work together. Building on local strengths and assets, communities are being supported to develop and deliver projects, programmes and enterprises that address local issues – sharing skills, knowledge and experiences.
The Community Fund will be in place for at least the next 20 years, and its plans are ambitious. Over that period, it’s hoped that the Fund will make a real contribution to making the area a dynamic, exciting, vibrant place to live and work. The additional support offered by Neath Port Talbot CVS and Interlink will help to deliver this aim.
If you or your organisation or business has a project in mind, small or large, the Community Fund welcomes enquiries. Find out about our Micro and Vision Fund grant programmes on our website – www.penycymoeddcic.cymru – or give Barbara or Kate a call on 01685 878785. We look forward to hearing from you!
One of the key pieces of work over the last 12 months has been developing Community Profiles capturing baseline data using existing knowledge, surveys, profiles and community plans.
We have finalised 21 in-depth community assessments / community profiles and the team have been out doing ground truthing with people in the community areas.
We will now discuss and test the validity of the draft Profiles with stakeholders, elected members, community/town councils etc.
We will always keep the most up to date versions of the profiles here, please feel free to share and use them as you wish.
The next step is to analyse the profiles to identify emerging strengths, needs and priorities for action and then using and building on the profiles, work with communities to identify opportunities for community action and to develop Community Vision strategies.
We know that these profiles do not include everything that is going on and so if you have something you want to add, suggest a change or you know of something that is incorrect – we would be very grateful if you could let us know. You can email us here to tell us what needs changing.