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COMPASSIONATE COMMUNITIES

Arts4Wellbeing, a personal and community development organisation who strive to improve emotional health and wellbeing through social and community cohesion, aim to set up 8 Compassionate Communities Hubs around Ceredigion.

The purpose of the hubs are to facilitate A4W Compassionate Communities training and empowerment toolkits in the community hubs, and then to follow a rolling out of A4W Compassionate Communities training and empowerment toolkits by these member groups, to other local groups in other surrounding villages.

From rural communities consultations, Arts4Wellbeing found there were issues around transport difficulties, the closing of the village shop, local schools and post offices meant that people didn’t have the opportunity to meet each other anymore, and that since people had passed on and new people had moved into the community cohesion had all but disappeared.  

The A4W Compassionate Communities training and empowerment toolkit has been devised and designed, researched and developed over the past 6 years by Arts4wellbeing through specific community projects, in collaboration with; Family Centre networks, Day centres, Community centres, village halls, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire councils, West Wales Action for Mental Health (WWAMH), MIND and the Alzheimer’s Society.

The toolkit compromises of a series of everyday practical mental and physical exercises that strengthen resilience, increase physical and mental wellbeing, the development of a positive mental attitude, promotion of reciprocity and the building of social cohesion and friendship networks.

A wide range of people will benefit from this project including; young people, older people, women, Welsh speakers, all ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, carers, community halls, clubs, societies and all of Ceredigion.

 

For further information on our projects, discuss your ideas or for information regarding eligibility of support please call the Cynnal y Cardi team on 01545 572063; e-mail cynnalycardi@ceredigion.gov.uk; or visit www.cynnalycardi.org.uk.

This project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.