Exciting times ahead for Connah’s Quay, Mark Tami MP and Carl Sargeant AM welcome the Young Foundation’s Socially Sustainable Wales Programme

L to R Jonathan Eeles, QWA. Kieron Williams, Young foundation. Councillor Andy Dunbobbin. Mark Tami MP. Visit The Kathleen and May Centre Connah's Quay

L to R Jonathan Eeles, QWA. Kieron Williams, Young foundation. Councillor Andy Dunbobbin. Mark Tami MP. Visit The Kathleen and May Centre Connah’s Quay

Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty Lesley Griffiths AM has approved funding for Socially Sustainable Wales, an exciting new programme that will be carried out by the charity, the Young Foundation. This programme has highlighted Connah’s Quay, as well as Port Talbot and Aberystwyth, as one of the locations they’ll be focusing on.

The Young Foundation works in communities to understand their history and make-up, researching their strengths, weaknesses and the problems and ambitions of their people. The charity is hoping to get an understanding of inequality in Wales and to develop innovative asset-based approaches to addressing these issues. They hope to identify key themes around which action can be taken to reduce inequality, to build a movement of people committed to taking action and to support people in putting the solutions they identify into practice. The Young Foundation has successfully worked on a similar project in Northern Ireland.

Mark Tami MP recently welcomed representatives from the Young Foundation to Alyn and Deeside to have a tour of Connah’s Quay.

Mark Tami said after the meeting; “This is a really great project and it is a fantastic feat to have Connah’s Quay as one of the three chosen locations.

“The Young foundation has delivered positive social change to a number of communities and I’m happy people in my constituency will now be impacted by their good work.”

Alyn and Deeside AM Carl Sargeant has also met with representatives of the Young Foundation to advise them of the character of the area, its qualities and flaws and the community groups he believes the programme should engage with.

“I’m delighted that the Welsh Labour Government has approved funding for the Socially Sustainable Wales programme,” he said.

“I have lived in Connah’s Quay all my life so I was happy to recommend some starting points for the Young Foundation. I believe this programme will bring a valuable opportunity to the area to celebrate what is good about our community and to help change what is not so good.

“The fact that the project centres on really engaging with the community’s people means those people can carry its work forward and make it sustainable, bringing benefits for years to come.”

The foundation is currently recruiting for a Social Innovation Outreach Worker who will begin working with the people of Connah’s Quay in the New Year. Please look on their website for details.