What is Together for Change?
Together for Change is a Pembrokeshire-wide partnership programme funded by the National Lottery COVID-19 Response Fund, Wales. The project was founded by Solva Care – the fund holder – with partner organisations PAVS and PLANED. The COVID-19 pandemic and its implications for society has revealed the importance of community-level organisations at a critical time, with communities responding dynamically and compassionately to the challenges they faced. Together for Change is bringing together third- and public-sector organisations to establish a positive legacy from the experiences of COVID-19 and build on the important contribution of community-led action to the health and wellbeing of people in Pembrokeshire.
At its inception, the project convened two meetings which were held online in June 2020 on the Future of Support for Community-led Action in Pembrokeshire. The first meeting brought together third- and public-sector managers, and the second was attended and informed by community representatives. The meetings focused on developing an understanding of the impact of COVID-19 upon communities and how community-led action could be sustained in the future. Reports of the meetings identified three clearly definable areas for further work and informed the development of the 10-Point Plan and a commitment of Partners to community involvement and development.
Together for Change’s Work
Together for Change’s commitment to working across sectors aims to bring a consensus on future approaches to the provision and delivery of support for communities. The Programme operates at a strategic level, developing strategy and planning that will inform an agreement and shared vision on community health and wellbeing within the county and at practice level, with communities, gathering knowledge, establishing strong understandings of existing structures and forging connections.
For more detail on the Workstreams, see below.