Together for Change
a unique collaboration between the public and third sectors
An Audience with Cormac Russell
Festival of Ideas
UK Community Renewal Fund
Partnership with the Public Sector
Action for Communities and by Communities
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.
Creating a joint vision and strategy
The programme will forge an agreed strategy across the public and third sectors that will reflect a social and green model of health and wellbeing, and one that delivers the Well-being of Future Generations Act.
The starting point has been the drafting of a broad set of principles on what Together for Change is trying to achieve and how, and what the commitment of its partners should be. This has now been agreed and can be downloaded.
Find out more on the Strategic webpage.
Robust evidence to underpin decision making
This workstream will collate and use evidence and undertake research and evaluation.
Together for Change has collated a Knowledge Review of sources of knowledge on wellbeing, communities and community-led action, is looking at mapping of community assets across Pembrokeshire, examining sustainable funding models for community groups, and investigating social return on investment modelling and creating causal maps.
Find out more on the Research webpage.
Action for communities and by communities
Sharing best practice through dissemination of the Solva Care Toolkit, and other support, to communities developing their own networks and organisations through the Ready to Go Shared Learning Project.
Working with PLANED to engage with town and community councils in order to strengthen local democratic processes and engagement, and getting young voices heard is also being investigated.
Find out more on the Communities webpage.
Sue Denman, Solva Care Trustee and Together for Change Programme Lead
TFC Anchor Officer
Together for Change is recruiting an Anchor Officer! Please click the buttons below for the job description in Welsh and English.