The Connected Community – an explainer

Our Connected Community project will be hosting the first ‘This is Your Community’ Day at Ysgol Gymunedol Croesgoch on 30th Oct 2021. If you’re not sure what it is, here’s an explainer of what the project is all about.

This is Your Community

What is it?

The Connected Community project is a ‘pathfinder’ project that is working to create a stronger and more resilient local community across the Llanrhian ward. It’s funded by the Enhancing Pembrokeshire grant and Llanrhian Community Council.

What is it doing?

A small team of local residents, including myself and Nia Jenkins, Community Link Officer, are working to help support and promote existing local community groups, understand the current and future needs of the community, and create a long-term vision for the betterment of our area.

The project has also enabled the school hall at Ysgol Croesgoch to be modified for wider community use, set up a website here, and is building a directory of voluntary, sporting and community groups, as well as a directory of local businesses to connect people and enterprise across our area.

We’ve also been working with Nesta who have chosen us as one of three pilots across Wales to generate insights, impact and learning which can help policy makers understand how national strategy can support communities to thrive. (We’re very excited about this!)

What does it mean for people in our area?

We’d like to be able to help ‘connect’ people to their community. That might be through small acts of everyday kindness, by introducing them to a community group that enables them to feel that they can make a contribution, by helping to combat loneliness and isolation, by networking between individuals and groups to generate ideas and projects, to promote our local businesses, and by running events that help raise aspirations and achievements. What we plan for the future will be based upon understanding the needs of people in our area, and may include tackling big topics such as housing, climate and tourism.

How will we know if we’re successful?

Working with communities can be complex, and to achieve big changes can take time. But, by taking it step by step, by building relationships across our area, and from the small acts of everyday kindness through to creating a long-term plan, we can strengthen people’s sense of belonging, and create a more resilient and connected community for all of us.

Who can get involved?

Anyone from across our area can get involved, whether you’re a full time resident or second-home owner. You might have a specific idea or skill, you might be able to volunteer, and even if you only have a little time to offer, we’d love to hear from you. This is about trying to strengthen what we already have and create change for the better, one step at a time, so get in touch with me or niajenkins@hotmail.com if you’d like to be a part of it.

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