Together for Change Events

discussion and training

Together for Change’s Events

Together for Change hold regular events.  The Forum series promotes discussion on a number of topics, whilst the Masterclass series brings targeted training on specialisms to members of community groups.

Current – and past events – are listed below, along with links to the resources mentioned in the meetings and any available recordings or presentations.


Ideas Unlimited – Community Power and the Wellbeing Economy

Ideas Unlimited – events to generate practical ideas on big societal challenges

Sometimes it feels as if there is chaos in the World and we are lurching from crisis to crisis. Communities have responded by connecting with each other and being creative and resourceful. Organisations, from all sectors, are better than ever at working together and listening to and acting on the needs of communities.

So, there is much to celebrate but it is not enough to ensure that all can live well in the coming months, with dignity and support when needed. And there are many serious, entrenched problems in our society that are crying out for radical solutions.

This series of online and face to face events will take place between October and December 2022. They are designed to offer opportunities to explore these issues further, in Pembrokeshire, with guest speakers and discussion groups.

Come and join in, bring your ideas, and let’s work together to make a real difference to shape our future. 

The Programme 

There are five events in the Ideas Unlimited Programme. The first four are online and the fifth and final event is in person.

1. Perspectives on Community Power

Tuesday 1st November 4:30 – 6:30 (Zoom)

Joe Sarling (Director of Policy and Research, New Local); Sue Leonard (Chief Officer, Pembrokeshire Association of Voluntary Services); Elaine Lorton (HDUHB – NHS County Director, Pembs)

2. My home, My haven

Thursday 10th November 4:30 – 6:30 (Zoom)

Chris Johnes (BCT); Rachel Lewis (Activist); Lee James (PLANED); Lesley Robertson-Steel (Solva Care)

3. Tackling the climate emergency – ideas for community action

Wednesday 16th November 4:30 – 6:30 (Zoom)

Jane Davidson (University of Wales Trinity St. Davids); Cris Tomos (PLANED); Jeremy Wadia (Ecodewi); Debbie Johnson/Emma Lewis (PACTO)

4. From surviving to thriving – seeking radical solutions 

Tuesday 22nd November 4:30 – 6:30 (Zoom)

Cleo Goodman (Universal Basic Income); Kathryn Newman (Child Poverty Action Group); Cwm ArianLynne Turner (Mount Community Centre)

5. Community Power and the Wellbeing Economy

Thursday 8th December 4:30 – 6:30 (in person/Haverhub)

Sue Leonard (Pembrokeshire Association of Voluntary Services); Neil Prior (County Councillor); Jessie Buchanan(Together for Change); CRF Projects (tbc)


Festival of Ideas

TfC curated the opening session of St Davids Festival of Ideas 2022 …

TfC curated the opening session of the successful St Davids Festival of Ideas held on the weekend of 25th March. Professor Sir Michael Marmot opened the session on the question ‘Are Inequalities Inevitable?’ with a powerful and convincing data driven presentation that showed that no its isn’t, it is totally a political choice. See his latest piece on social injustice in the UK here:

Studying health inequalities has been my life’s work. What’s about to happen in the UK is unprecedented | Michael Marmot | The Guardian

An Audience with Cormac Russell

 Wednesday 1 December, 10:00-11:00

On 1st December 2021, we hosted Cormac Russell in conversation with Iwan Thomas.

Cormac Russell is a social explorer, trainer and author. He is Managing Director of Nuture Development and faculty member of the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute, at DePaul University, Chicago. Cormac works with local communities, NGOs and governments on asset-based community development and other strengths-based approaches, in four continents. His most recent book, Rekindling Democracy was published in 2020.


Iwan Thomas is the Chief Executive Officer of PLANED, whose community led approach to rural development brings communities, public sector, third sector and special interest groups together to support innovative projects and ideas that will create long term environmental, social and economic benefits for Pembrokeshire.

Wales ABCD Jamboree

 Friday 8 October, 10:00-12:30

Together for Change co-hosted the Wales ABCD Jamboree which championed the spirit of community power with ideas, stories and tools. The gathering was an informative ‘knees up’ to celebrate the diversity of communities, all that is good about ABCD, and to share experiences – great and small.

To the left is a community Jamboard filled with events and ideas mentioned by hosts and attendees at the Wales ABCD Jamboree. Take a look at the quick links below:

Together for Change invited people to attend this follow up meeting to the Research and Development Forum event held in April. It was for researchers, policy makers and practitioners who are interested in shared learning, networking, and setting research priorities.

Together for Change Forum – ‘Research and Development in Communitities of Place’

 Tuesday 7 September, 10:00-11:30

Resources referenced in the event

Together for Change Forum – ‘Communities and the Green Agenda’

 Friday 23 July, 10:00-11:50

Resources referenced in the event

Together for Change Forum – ‘Spotlight on Community Arts’

 Thursday 20 May, 10:00-11:50

Resources referenced in the event

  • New Local research webpage with links to their recent reports:
  • Sources of knowledge on wellbeing, communities and community-led action to inform strategies: Knowledge Review
  • Ffynonellau gwybodaeth am les, cymunedau a gweithredu dan arweidiad y gymuned i fod yn sail i strategaethau: Ffynonellau Gwybodaeth
  • A Ten-Point Plan to Benefit Community-led Action and Communities – an agreement by the Pembrokeshire Together for Change Partners
  • Cynllun Deg-Pwynt er Budd Cymunedau a Gweithredu dan Arweiniad y Gymuned – cytundeb gan Bartneriaid Gyda’n Gilydd Dros Newid Sir Benfro
  • BCT (Building Communities Trust) website:
  • Links to further useful information and organisations can be found on the Together for Change Strategic webpage

Together for Change Masterclass – Podcasts for Communities

 Wednesday 13 April, 15:00-17:00 with follow-up session on Wednesday 21 April, 15:00-16:00

Together for Change Masterclass – Film-making for Communities

 Wednesday 28 April, 15:00-17:00 with follow-up session on Wednesday 5 May, 15:00-16:00

Together for Change Masterclass – Social Media for Communities

 Wednesday 12 May, 10:00-12:00