IWA Event: Delivering wellbeing and resilience through community ownership

February 2024 | Arfor, Featured, Rural poverty

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Join the IWA and Bangor University as we discuss the vital role of social enterprises and community ownership models in tackling local economic challenges.

Across Wales, local authorities and Community Councils are on a financial tight-rope, struggling to keep assets and facilities running, and are increasingly having to make significant in-year budget cuts. With public sector cuts and an ongoing bleak economic forecast, local groups and enterprises are coming together to purchase, manage and sustain their assets. In doing so, they are taking a stake in managing the foundational local economy.

This event will explore the growth of community enterprises and local ownership as examples of communities’ own bottom-up solutions in the face of local challenges in north Wales. Such endeavours show how, through releasing capacity to communities, local people can be empowered to find and deliver tangible solutions while building local resilience. Join us as we examine a range of issues including housing, health, transport and community energy, and consider the important role of social enterprises and community ownership models in the north of the country.

The event will be chaired by Professor Andrew Edwards, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Bangor University, who will be joined by:

  • Dr Edward Thomas Jones, Senior Lecturer in Economics, Bangor University
  • Selwyn Williams, Chair, Cwmni Bro Ffestiniog
  • Meleri Davies, Chief Officer, Partneriaeth Ogwen
  • Grant Peisley, Director, Datblygiadau Egni Gwledig
  • Jess Silvester, Wales Programme Manager, People’s Economy

To learn more visit: Institute of Welsh Affairs


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