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Circles of Support
Circles of Support is an innovative approach to building connections and networks for people. In December 2021, representatives from Pembrokeshire County Council, PAVS, the Heath Board, Public Health, Volunteering Matters, the I-Team (Flintshire) and Together for Change (TfC) came together to coproduce a Circles of Support Pilot Project of training and mentorship sessions in Pembrokeshire. The Project has received funding from the Welsh Government for 6 months.
TfC are leading the evaluation of the Pilot Project, working alongside the commissioner and the delivery team to build the principles of action research into the Project from the outset. The findings from the evaluation will support an understanding the Circles of Support approach as a tool to support better social connectedness. It is hoped that the Project will lead to building further capacity in the future. Opportunities will also be created to learn from community centred practice and contribute to building a common set of resources that can be used by public and voluntary sector organisations in Pembrokeshire. The evaluation centres on how the Circles of Support training builds social connections and the short term effects upon the wellbeing for individuals in the project. The longer term impact of the Circles of Support approach will be addressed in further stages subject to funding. The evaluation will also explore the role of coproduction and collaborative working of the commissioning partnership.
The 4Wards Project took place from January 2022 to June 2022 in Pembrokeshire. The Project involved research to explore how the residents in the four Wards of Llanhrian, Milford East, Solva and St. Davids felt about life in their communities, how they thought their lives and prosperity could be improved and sustained, and whether collaboration by the participating Wards could help in that endeavor.
This project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund
Ariennir y prosiect hwn gan Lywodraeth y DU drwy Gronfa Adfywio Cymunedol y DU
Workstream 3 – Communities
Sharing Evidence of Good Practice to Instigate Development and Change in Pembrokeshire.
Together for Change’s Workstream 3 is about direct action to support and share learning among community groups and organisations.
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.
Masterclasses for Communities
The Masterclass series brings targeted training on specialisms to members of community groups.