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: wcva.tumblr.com
How Community Anchors can be key for local action
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
DOVE Workshop - Community Education Centre to Community Anchor
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
Caia Park Partnership: Core Costs Covered
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...'
Cletwr - Community Shop to Community Anchor
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
Reflections on the role of Community Anchors
Russell Todd, who managed the Communities First Support Service
between 2009 and 2018, 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
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