Adamsdown Community Project, Central Cardiff
With Cardiff Community Housing Association and interested local residents I helped set up and oversaw the Adamsdown Community Project which 4 years ago became a Communities First project.
In the early days (2002) we sourced monies form Welsh Government, Europe, the Lottery and many more to set up a local forum (of residents and service providers), create a community plan and turn a derelict premises into a thriving local resource centre. Over the years it has survived with little funding through the efforts of local volunteers but the Communities First period with a significant staff team has seen a period of great expansion of activity.
There are a host of local partners and work is undertaken via action groups on arts, business, lifelong learning, environment, health and youth and also a social enterprise delivering day centre facilities to elderly residents. There is a local newsletter – Lodown.
Community Champion (Roath Basin)
I secured and managed a project on behalf of Welsh Government in the old docklands area of Cardiff, where redevelopments had a poor history of providing benefit to local communities. WG appointed us to the role of Community Champion to act as a link between local communities and developers to enable greater benefit to accrue to local residents.
In this role we took both a strategic overview – getting major initiatives to talk together - and worked with local groups to develop pathways for residents to take advantage of new opportunites.
Much of this work was centred on creating learning pathways to employability and developing local enterprise - especially social enterprises – and enabling local residents to shape the targeting of ERDF Priority 4 investments in redeveloping local community assets.