Communities First – Working to Improve Economic Inactivity

The Inquiry Panel met this week to hear about the work being carried out in Swansea by Communities First, in respect of economic inactivity.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Caroline Carter, Community Regeneration Co-ordinator and Ryland Doyle, Cabinet Member for Target Areas, attended the meeting and explained how Communities First is making an appreciable impact on the areas where it operates, which are generally the poorest parts of the city.

Communities First is a Welsh Government funded programme, which aims to improve the living conditions and prospects for people in the most disadvantaged communities in Wales. In Swansea, these areas have been identified and valuable work is being carried out, to bring together service providers with local residents and community groups, to develop initiatives for the benefit of the community.

Panel members have arranged to visit the Action Resource Centre, Blaenymaes and The Job Club, Penlan, to witness first hand the work being carried out by Communities First in Swansea and give those using the centres the opportunity to have their say.

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  1. If panel members wanted to learn about the Phoenix Centre in Townhill they would be more than welcome.



  2. Juliet Rees says

    Thank you for this suggestion Mike. The Panel met over the last few days and have agreed to visit the Phoenix Centre soon. I will be in touch with you shortly to make arrangements.

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