Resourceful Communities Partnership’s national programme of events on communities and living well

In the face of significant challenges, collective action and shared knowledge are essential.

The last few years have been very challenging, with many crises impacting on our communities. It has even led to the introduction of the term ‘permacrisis’ in our language. Getting together to reflect and share good ideas and great work can energise and further build collective efforts for a better life for all in our communities.

‘Aspiration, Inspiration, Perspiration’ is a programme of online events which is seeking to do just that; aspiration meaning ambition in tackling challenges and pressing for change; inspiration – acquiring great ideas and knowledge of what works and can make a difference; and perspiration – starting out, adapting, and keeping going in hard times. There is great work going on in Wales driven by passion and commitment which is always good to share.

The Programme will involve presentations, discussions and workshops led by citizens, community groups and people from across the sectors who work with them. Later in the series we will live stream interviews from our communities to showcase their work. The Programme will cover many issues relevant to our communities and the professionals working with them: campaigning, Asset Based Community Development, leadership, organisational culture, circular economies, community assets, and social enterprises.

Together for Change (TfC) is curating the national programme of events, with Pembrokeshire Association of Voluntary Services (PAVS), for the Resourceful Communities Partnership (RCP) of Wales.

To register for each event, click each title to take you to eventbrite, where you can click to reserve a spot.

This session will be a conversation between Selwyn Williams and Sue Denman of TfC. The session will cover the challenges facing the economy and communities of Wales and how ‘communitisation’ has enormous potential to benefit communities and the nation. Selwyn will talk about the influences on his thinking and practice in community development and will draw on practical examples that show that this model is the way forward. There will be opportunities for questions and comment during the session. 

Chair: Jessie Buchanan, TfC

What is organisational culture? Do shared values, norms, and beliefs have a greater influence on the success of an organisation than its strategic plans or goals? This session will bring extensive experience to the debate from across the sectors to explore challenges and opportunities at the heart of these important questions.

  • Professor Kate Ardern, Honorary Professor of Public Health Salford University, Visiting Professor of Public Health Chester University
  • Councillor Neil Prior, Cabinet Member for Transformation and Communities, Pembrokeshire County Council; Chair Pembrokeshire Public Services Board 
  • Dr Meinir Jones, National Clinical Director Planned Care, NHS Wales
  • Sue Leonard, Chief Officer, PAVS

Chair: Sue Denman, TfC

Traditional economic development models are failing to address the economic challenges of our time. How can circular economic principles better support our future on the planet? How can people-centred approaches to local economies provide resilience and security at a time of great challenge and austerity? In this session, the presenters will share examples of progressive approaches and open the conversation about how to translate theory into practice.

  • John Heneghan, Associate Director, CLES the National Organisation for Local Economies  
  • Eifion Williams, Chief Executive Officer, Circular Communities Cymru
  • Paul Hughes, Chief Officer, Pembrokeshire FRAME

Chair: Jessie Buchanan, TfC

Asset Based Community Development – a great idea on paper, but how can it work in the mess and muddle of the real world with real people? We’ll be looking beyond the theory, finding hope in real life examples, and using poetry and discussion to explore:

  • What can we realistically hope for?
  • What kind of people do we need to be to build community through ABCD?
  • What do we need to sustain us in this difficult work?

We’ll also touch on: The Significance of Place; Giving and receiving; Values and commitments; Our own vulnerabilities and struggles and how these might actually help us connect with others.

Chair: Sue Leonard, PAVS

HEIs play a significant role in supporting the research and evaluation needs of communities. Their role can be multifaceted and beneficial to community development through research expertise, data collection and analysis, partnerships and collaboration, training and education, access to resources, policy analysis and advocacy and knowledge dissemination. These elements can all play their part but what does the wider infrastructure to support communities in research and evaluation look like in Wales? Why does it matter?

Presenters will share current developments in Wales before collectively exploring ways to strengthen this area of work.

  • Professor Michael Woods, Director of Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences; Co-Director of the Centre for Welsh Politics and Society, Aberystwyth University
  • Dave Horton, ACE Caerau, Ely
  • Dr. Tom Avery, Research Officer, Local Challenges Research Office, Swansea University

Chair: Sue Denman, TfC

A long history of campaigning for cultural, political and economic rights has shaped the nation of Wales. Campaigning for creating sustainable social change strengthens the chances of a healthy population and planet. Delivered as a practical workshop with presentations, this session aims to link the past to the present and illuminate a ‘sense of the possible’ in campaigning for the things that matter to people and our communities. 

  • Richard King, Brittle with Relics
  • Yvonne Murphy, Artistic Director and Executive Producer, Omidaze Productions, The Talking Shop
  • Amanda Stone, Independent Consultant, Campaigning for Sustainable Social Change

Chair: Jessie Buchanan, TfC

Doing so much with so little. There is much we can learn from successful community public health initiatives in emerging economies. This session will be about ‘what works best’ in health promotion with practical examples of transferred learning from Africa to Wales.

Chair: Sue Denman, TfC