Communities First is a community-focused programme that supports the Welsh Government’s tackling poverty agenda. It supports the most disadvantaged people in our most deprived areas with the aim of contributing to alleviating persistent poverty.
Communities First Delivery Teams, funded by the Welsh Government, work with residents, community organisations, business and other key agencies in areas called ‘Clusters’ and focus on actions leading to the long-term sustainability and wellbeing of communities. On average, a Cluster covers a population of 10-15,000 people. Each Cluster is focused around areas which are among the 10% most deprived in Wales according to the Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation (WIMD) 2011.
How does Communities First work?
The programme provides funding for Lead Delivery Bodies (LDBs) within local authorities who have the responsibility for ensuring that the programme is well managed, that funding is used to deliver the agreed national outcomes and that communities are fully involved.
Each Communities First Cluster has a Delivery Team of staff funded by the Welsh Government. The Delivery Team is led by a Cluster Manager who works with partner agencies and the local community to deliver a range of local projects and activities. The Welsh Government also provides funding for these activities including a community involvement budget to ensure that local people are fully informed and involved in the programme.
Each Cluster also has a Delivery Plan to set out its plan of work and how it will contribute to delivering the Welsh Government’s three Strategic Outcomes – Prosperous Communities; Learning Communities; and Healthier Communities