Effective Engagement With Local Communities

by Cindy Chen | 21st Mar 2018

Did you know that you could commission ProMo-Cymru to help consult with members of your local community? We’re experts at communication and engagement with different target groups. We can find out what they need and propose ways to create positive change. Let us do the legwork.

Invest Local Ynysowen did just that recently. They commissioned us to carry out a consultation with people living in Aberfan, Merthyr Vale and Mount Pleasant.

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What is Invest Local?

Invest Local is a 10-year programme of funding and support for 13 communities across Wales. It is funded by the Big Lottery and managed by the Building Communities Trust (BCT). Everyone living in those areas have a chance to make it an even better place to live. Each will have £1m to spend on local priorities over the next 10 years.

Each community therefore decides how they want their areas to develop. They decide how the money will be used, who they want to work with, and how decisions are made.

How we engaged?

Expanding on previous engagement efforts, ProMo-Cymru adopted a two-pronged online and offline approach. This was to engage with more community members in order to hear what they have to say.

We set up a short online questionnaire and heavily promoted it through Facebook. We approached groups and pages in Aberfan, Merthyr Vale and Mount Pleasant. In addition to this, we emailed relevant professionals.

This was complimented with face-to-face street surveys on different days across three months We spoke to business owners, residents, parents, children, community groups etc. in the area, in addition to carrying out a focus group session to gather in-depth insight.

What next?

Finally, ProMo-Cymru will collate the findings and analyse the data to produce a short summary report. This concise report will draw out meaningful data from the responses and present this in an easy-to-understand format. We will also propose recommendations to the Steering Group so that they can make informed decisions on the best way forward.

If you’re interested in utilising ProMo-Cymru’s expertise to help consult with the public then get in touch for a chat and a quote. Email Cindy Chen, Development Manager, cindy@promo.cymru.

Everything starts with a conversation

ProMo-Cymru works towards building positive change and lasting relationships between individuals, families and communities. We provide innovative and creative solutions through meaningful conversations and digital technology. If you’d like to discuss how our TEC Model can help your organisation then get in touch.

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