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Developing more Resilient Communities in Wales

As part of the ongoing conversation on how Wales can develop more Resilient Communities, all this week we’ve been sharing a series of blogs offering different perspectives on the issues.

Here’s a look back at the week’s posts. Read all our blogs on Resilient Communities at WCVA’s blog site:

How Community Anchors can be key for local action

Cardiff Uni Resilience

Dr Eva Elliott from Cardiff University takes an historical look at the role of community anchor organisations in Communities First and in the context of Welsh Government’s desire to build a new approach to building resilient communities.

‘I have always been skeptical about the term resilience. In the context of steep inequalities it has seemed to me that the capacity to ‘withstand and respond positively to stress or change’ or to ‘bounce back’ from the assaults of economic downturns is not enough…’

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DOVE Workshop – Community Education Centre to Community Anchor Organisation

DOVE Workshop Resilience

Lesley Smith of Dulais Valley’s DOVE Workshop outlines how they have become an anchor organisation in their community.

‘DOVE Workshop is located in the Dulais Valley, an area that once provided opportunities for employment predominantly in the coal industry. The organisation was established in 1984 as a direct response to the threat to the industry and what that would mean to families…’

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Caia Park Partnership: Core Costs Covered

Caia Park Resilience

Alison Hill of Caia Park Partnership discusses their work as an anchor organisation, and how grant funding for core costs allowed them to become the community anchor they are today.

Generations of support

‘For over 20 years Caia Park Partnership (CPP) has been at the heart of the community of Caia Park, Wrexham. We are part of people’s lives and our activities have grown over the years in response to needs…’

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Cletwr – Community Shop to Community Anchor

Cletwr Resilience

We head to rural Wales where Nigel Callaghan explains how Cwmni Cletwr has evolved beyond its initial purpose of reviving the local shop to something much bigger and more diverse.

‘When we opened Siop Cynfelyn in the old Clettwr Services in Tre’r Ddôl, north Ceredigion,  in 2013 the intention was to run a small village shop and cafe, run by the community, for the benefit of the community. It didn’t quite work out that way! Run by and for the community, yes, but now it’s rather more than a small village shop and cafe. With hindsight, it should have been expected. I wonder how similar we are to others, who start off focused on a specific service, amenity or issue but soon evolve beyond that…’

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Reflections on the role of Community Anchors

Resilient Communities panel

Russell Todd, manger of WCVA’s Communities First Support Service, looks back at our week of themed blogs about community anchors and sees a prominent role for them if Welsh communities are to be empowered.

‘It has been a fascinating week reading about the different ways in which independent, community-owned organisations are supporting their communities: by helping develop social cohesion; providing crucial services and employment; advocating on behalf of communities; and combating negative stereotypes. It is clear how useful anchors can be complementing and enhancing public service delivery…’

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Resilient Communities: a third sector perspective

WCVA has been working with members and a range of partners to develop proposals on developing more resilient communities. Within this, we’re particularly interested in what needs to happen to achieve more empowered communities. We will share these proposals with our members and Welsh Government in the autumn.

You’ll find more information on this and how to get involved, plus podcasts, vlogs and other views from around the sector on our Resilient Communities Hub.


CAB Ceredigion Investing in Volunteers


Investing in Volunteers

CAB Ceredigion recognises that, throughout the organisation, volunteering is a two-way process which benefits volunteers and the organisation. We commit appropriate resources to working with volunteers and are open to involving volunteers who reflect the diversity of the local community.

The organisation develops appropriate roles for volunteers in line with its aims and objectives, and which are of value to the volunteers and create an environment where they can develop.

The organisation is committed to using fair, efficient and consistent recruitment procedures for all potential volunteers.

  1. The organisation takes a considered approach to taking up references and official checks which is consistent and equitable for all volunteers, bearing in mind the nature of the work.
  2. Clear procedures are put into action for introducing new volunteers to the organisation, its work, policies, practices and relevant personnel.
  3. Everybody in the organisation is aware of the need to give volunteers recognition.
  4. The organisation takes account of the varying support needs of volunteers.

Why did CAB Ceredigion get involved with Investing in Volunteers? We did it for the following reasons. To –

  • Improve the effectiveness of our work with volunteers in a structured way (and hence maintain or improve the service to users and / or supporters).
  • Compare volunteer practices against a recognised standard.
  • Increase support from people within the organisation for the volunteer programme.
  • Encourage more people to volunteer – people will feel more encouraged to volunteer for an organisation that strives towards managing volunteers well.
  • Sustain existing volunteers’ motivation and enhance their experience of volunteering.
  • Enhance the organisation’s reputation in the local community.
  • Reassure funders that the organisation is professional and that their money is being well spent.
  • Draw to attention to the need for more effective volunteer management.
  • Minimise any potential risks arising from the involvement of volunteers – to volunteers themselves, and / or to the organisation and its users / supporters.
  • Achieve the Investing in Volunteers Standard which allows an organisation to publicly demonstrate its commitment to volunteering.

Investing in Volunteers

  Investing In Volunteers            Investing in Volunteers is the UK quality standard for volunteer management. If your organisation involves volunteers, achieving the Investing in Volunteers standard will enable it to make the best use of your valuable people resource. Continue reading