Communities First is likely to end. Let’s take this opportunity to tell Welsh Government what we think it should be replaced with. This is an opportunity to say how we think disabled people should be included in any new plans.
During October, the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children, Carl Sargeant AM made a statement in the Senedd about proposals to phase out the Communities First Programme. He wants to establish a new approach to supporting our communities. The three priorities will be employment, early years and empowerment.
- Childcare and education.
- Strong local infrastructure (such as transport, access to broadband.)
- Inclusive and diverse leadership (such as supporting more disabled people to become leaders or become elected.)
- Improved community provision of health and social care (which could include independent living services.)
All of these priorities must be inclusive to the needs and aspirations of disabled people in Wales.
(Full statement here: bit.ly/2fJdsoO)
The Welsh Government has launched a consultation on how a new approach can be developed to create ‘resilient communities’. This means tackling the barriers that prevent people from doing well in life.
A short survey is available for people to fill out, asking for your views. They are especially interested to hear from people who have experience of Communities First. Perhaps you live in a Communities First area or you have taken part in local projects that have made a difference to you and other people living and working in your area.
Filling in the survey is a great opportunity to let Welsh Government know what projects and support have been important to you. Please take a few minutes to fill in the survey:
Disability Wales would love to hear from you too – have you been involved with any Communities First projects? What did you think about it? You can comment anonymously via our email form or share your stories on our facebook page.