Recently, we have helped deliver a community-focussed food festival for Newport City Council and Newport Unlimited. The event placed emphasis on wider community ownership through cooking competitions such as Minichef and Teenchef, photo competitions through adult learning, radio advert production through the local University and up-skilling people in silver service training for the food festival supper. Activities that leave a legacy and enable sustainable outcomes are key prerequisites for community regeneration activity.
We are also skilled in developing community organisations, development of organisational plans and structures, in addition to community need/baseline assessment, scoping documents and wider community based strategies and plans. These have led to the development of projects such as St Mary’s Tithe Barn Centre in Abergavenny, Thame Food Festival, Garw Valley Regeneration Work and Great Trerhew Barn for the Village Alive Trust, amongst others. We also consider how physical projects can bring about social and community benefits. Our work in Blaenau Ffestiniog helped to provide the opportunity for young people to engage with outdoor clothing companies and lifestyle businesses, develop community maintenance schemes and place-brand local initiatives, amongst other ideas.
We bring specific expertise to communities in engagement and consultation, project management, sustainable funding and management solutions. This is backed by strong quantitative and qualitative research skills and excellent inter-personal skills – we really get to know communities and the people that live in them.