|| Empowerment - how can communities take control?|
That is the title of a one day seminar to be held at at NEWI, Wrexham, on Thursday 17 November 2005.|
The strap line that is being used is -
“Communities themselves are deciding what is needed and are being helped to realise their ambitions"
- Edwina Hart, Minister for Social Justice & Regeneration.
Details of this seminar came to me by e-mail today.
Call me a dyed in the wool synic, but how exactly does this fit in with a letter I was given last night from Edwina Hart, who refuses to fund a proposal that was made after exhaustive community consultation, based on questionairs, public meetings and as the result of nearly 3 years work by the local communities first partnership.
She writes - "nid oeddwn yn fodlon cefnogi'r cais gan fy mod i'n teimlo bod y gweithgareddau yn perthyn yn agos i'r gwasanaethau prif ffrwd a ddarperir gan awdurdodau lleol. O'r herwydd, teimlaf y dylai'r darparwr prif ffrwd, sef Cyngor Sir Gwynedd yn yr achos hwn, fod wedi darparu'r arian ar gyfer y gweithgareddau y cyflwynir cais ar eu cyfer. Mae'r ffaith bod y Cyngor Sir wedi cefnogi astudiaethau Tai Fforddiadwy mewn ardaloedd nad ydynt yn rhai Cymunedau yn Gyntaf ym Mhen Llyn a'r ffaith nad yw'r cymunedau sy'n rhan o'r rhaglen wedi'u cynnwys yn ategu fy marn. Mae hyn yn awgrymu camdybiaeth sef y bydd y rhaglen Cymunedau yn Gyntaf yn cefnogi ceisiadau yn y dyfodol am gymorth ariannol oddi wrth ardaloedd Cymunedau yn Gyntaf. Nid diben cyllideb Cymunedau yn Gyntaf yw ategu ffynonellau cyllid prif ffrwd na chyfrannu cyllid ar eu cyfer.
Mae'r bartneriaeth wedi pwysleisio pwysigrwydd y broblem o ran tai yn y cais. Cyfrifoldeb yr Awdurdod Lleol yw ystyried safbwyntiau y bartneriaeth a blaenoriaethu ei raglen fel y bo'n briodol. "
I'm not sure exactly what was lost in the translation there Edwina, but that seems like pass the buck to the local govt. to me! Perhaps the voluntary members of the local communities first Partnership could stump up the "Cost: £245 + VAT for public sector organisations; £125 + VAT for registered charities, community groups and students." - that the seminar will cost?.
They would probably all be able to grasp the meaning of - " Communities themselves are deciding what is needed and are being helped to realise their ambitions"
If they could afford the seminar they could hear from these speakers-
• Stephen Kearney, Chief Executive, RE:generate
• Cerys Thomas, National Co-ordinator, Community Development Cymru
• Chris Johnes, Communities First Support Network
• Gwyn Roberts, Chief Executive, Cwmni Tref Caernarfon
This one day conference will aim to deliver thought provoking and stimulating solutions to the many problems regeneration practitioners face in helping to empower the communities they serve.
The main themes are -
Empowerment - how can communities take control?
What skills do practitioners and communities need to develop?
How can social enterprises be nurtured and used as a major force for change?
As they state in the Blurb, - The prime aim of regeneration is to empower communities to take control and set their own agenda. Many of the professionals, practitioners and communities charged with this task feel overawed by the enormity of what lies before them. What options are available to help develop the essential skills they need? How can organisations help their staff to become better equipped to deal with the challenges they face? What innovative ideas have some communities come up with to promote change in their neighbourhoods?
For more information call 0114 281 6130
The main problems that face regeneration here are plain for the people on the ground at grass roots. stop passing the buck and - When Communities themselves decide what is needed, help them to realise their ambitions!
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