|| Skills for Empowerment - Cardiff|
On Thursday May 11th 2006 at the Welsh Centre for International Affairs, Cardiff, there will be a cross party (political) panel discussion sponsored by Sponsored by Ecotec & Welsh Housing Quarterly.|
Eluned Morgan, Labour MEP for Wales
Mark Isherwood, Conservative AM for North Wales
Lembit Opik, Liberal Democrat for Montgomereyshire
Hywel Williams, Plaid Cymru MP for Caenarfon
A major part of regeneration is engaging and empowering communities to take control and set their own agenda. Many projects and initiatives stand and fall because of the ability of professionals in this regard.
Essential skills are needed as well as a clearly defined approach in order to be able to successfully involve communities. Easy fix top-slicing of project budgets or imposing superficial, top down area wide stucco only provides a short term apparent , visual solution. Proven enbeded, and truly local community initiatives need to be nurtured and replicated by developing skills and individuals in their own 'microclimate' communities.
What options are available to help professionals develop these skills?
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? This interactive 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.
It will include:
Question Time style cross party panel discussion about policies influencing community empowerment and the best way forward.
Interactive panel discussion with expert practitioners on what works when it comes to engaging communities.
Tours and workshops to show how organisations have successfully engaged communities in regeneration initatives.
What skills are needed by professionals and how can these be developed.
How social enterprise can be used as a tool to bring about change.
Unique networking opportunity - meet up with professionals from a range of disciplines and sectors and share ideas and experience.
Who should attend?
Local & Regional Authority Executives and Managers
Communities First Partnerships
Youth Work Specialists
Crime and Community Safety Practitioners
Registered Social Landlords
To book your space or for more information contact Ryan May on 0114 2816130.
For more information, see the programme timetable,
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