02 June 2008
Leighton Andrews AM, Deputy Minister for Regeneration, will visit a village in the Caerphilly county borough today to see himself the excellent work being done in the community at the grassroots level.
The Communities First Partnership at Graig y Rhacca, near Caerphilly, is an excellent example of how local people can work with a range of agencies to bring real improvements to their community.
The Partnership recently submitted their Community Action Plan to the Welsh Assembly Government following an in-depth consultation exercise. The group has seen many achievements over the past few years and are delighted to host the visit of the Deputy Minister to share their experiences and best practice with the Welsh Assembly Government and other partnerships.
The Deputy Minister will meet representatives from the partnership and view various schemes, which have helped enhance social, economic, and health improvements in addition to the local living environment. He will also get the opportunity to view a short presentation about the Partnership's success as well as a special DVD entitled 'The story so Far'.
The partnership recently presented to the WLGA conference on Communities Next in Llandridnod Wells.
CCBC Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Cllr Ron Davies, praised the work of the Partnership, "Graig Y Rhacca has seen real improvements over recent years due to the hard work and enthusiasm of a small group of local people who want the best for their community. It's good to see that they are being held up as an example of good practice and I'm sure other areas across Wales can benefit from their experience."
The Welsh Assembly Government's Communities First Programme exists to provide local people with opportunities to play an active role in shaping the future of their community. Communities First Partnerships are made up of statutory, voluntary and community representatives, who work together to address the physical and social regeneration of the area.
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