Community Development Cymru

The Community Network provides a strong independent voice for communities across Wales through highlighting their concerns, advocating on their behalf and campaigning on issues which effect their lives and the communities in which they live.

The Community Network will;
• Engage with communities on an on- going basis
• Encourage debate and dialogue with communities
• Represent the views of communities at various meetings
• Provide and disseminate information
• Encourage the take up of learning opportunities within communities
• Bring communities together to tackle issues and on -going concerns

The Community Network will work with the community sector through their appointment as their representative on the Third Sector Partnership Council.

To join this Network contact in the first instance:
Emma Smart
c/o Community Development Cymru
Plas Dolerw
Milford Rd
SY16 2EH
Phone: 01686 627377
E-mail :

The current issues for the Network include:

• Lack of the right kind of employment opportunities that take into account caring responsibilities for example
• In work poverty
• Lack of inward investment and economic development which has led to high unemployment and entrenched levels of poverty
• Poverty and its devastating effects and general lack of long term solutions
• Westminster Welfare reform legislation and effects in Wales
• Homelessness and lack of suitable housing
• Public services cutbacks and how this affects the quality of life for the most vulnerable within communities
• Constant reorganisation within public institutions/ Williams Report, LA Mergers and subsequent costs
• NHS waiting lists and lack of appropriate care for the elderly and those with long term illnesses and disabilities
• Impacts of social disadvantage on wellbeing and health and lack of understanding
• Shabby physical environments, litter graffiti, lack of basic facilities within communities, toilets, bus stops, ie safe play areas, green spaces,  community centres etc.
• Access to learning opportunities within communities, i.e. libraries, adult/community education opportunities, lack of broadband access
• Inaccessible public services in some communities that are geographically isolated
• Lack of skills within Local Councillors not representing the needs of their constituents,
• Community agenda's not listened to
• Lack of permanent long term security for Community Development/Neighbourhood workers
• Lack of Community Development and training that promotes Active Citizenship
• Lack of understanding within social institutions about poverty and its underlying causes and effects
• Rural Poverty
• Limited opportunities for young people and outward migration