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Ty Bro Dyfi

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Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8ER, UK.
phone: 01654 703965

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Communities First is a major flagship Welsh Assembly Government programme aimed at cutting poverty and helping to improve the lives of people who live in the poorest areas.

It is a long term programme that will run for at least ten years, and will allow local people themselves to decide what is needed, and help them to make it happen.

Communities First aims to get local people involved in improving their areas, to bring in funding and other support from a range of sources, to encourage new ways of dealing with problems, and to involve everyone in working together to make their communities better places in which to live and work.

The Powys part of the Dyfi valley (Machynlleth, Cadfarch, Glantwymyn and Llanbrynmair) is a Communities First area.

The Assembly has a long-term commitment to supporting work to address poverty, social exclusion and lack of access to services in this area. It insists that the programme of work is created by the community itself, through processes that include everybody. We are helping to get these processes going.

Communities First Bro Dyfi now has a formal partnership with Cyril Breeze Evans as the coordinator and Sian Britland as administrator, who joined in October 2004.

For further information visit the Communities First Powys web site by clicking here.

Contact Cyril at Ty Bro Ddyfi, 52 Maengwyn Street, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8ER, Tel. 01654 700315; Email:

What is a regeneration programme?

Regeneration programmes like Communities First seek to create satisfying and appropriate work for local people through taking a broad approach.

This encompasses formal and informal training and includes helping people to gain confidence by involvement in activities which may seem far removed from job creation. Improving community facilities and the environment are integral parts of this, so long as they aren't just "delivered" by outside agencies.

We're determined to carry out such work in a sustainable manner. Here are some thoughts to help explain what this means and how it might differ from any other kind of community regeneration:

  • Local needs must be met within a long-term vision.

  • This implies attention to global as well as local environmental quality and stability (e.g. climate change), to the robustness of the local economy (e.g. encouraging local purchasing) and to the capacity of local people to take responsibility for the future.

  • Activities should deliver simultaneous economic, environmental and community benefits wherever possible.

  • They should not focus narrowly on one subject area but make connections.


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