An event described as 'a day of conversation' brought together 75 local people and organisations to discuss a vision for the Llanelli they want to live in.
Inspired by the Welsh Government's national conversation around, 'The Wales We Want', the community came together to share ideas about how they can help to create a stronger, more vibrant town.
The event, held on 7 July 2014 at Llanelli Library, was open to all, and brought together speakers, including the Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Jeff Cuthbert AM, and a workshop for the community to work together, share their thoughts and come up with ideas to shape a stronger community. The event produced a huge amount of information, which will now be turned into action plans designed to bring about real change for the community.
The Cynefin Place Coordinator for Llanelli, Aled Vaughan Owen, had been supporting groups and organisations in the town for over a year, helping them to collaborate on creating a more resilient place in the face of future uncertainties. Aled has been working closely with Llanelli Town Council helping to create a local emergency plan and starting a discussion around climate change adaptation.
During the winter of 2013, Cynefin in Llanelli organised its first major event: 'Preparing for Winter'. More than 40 organisations and public bodies came together to provide information to the people of Llanelli on staying warm, fuel poverty and extreme winter weather. The event received good TV and press coverage, and its success enabled the newly-formed Llanelli Community Partnership to see the potential of collaborating with Cynefin and others.
The Llanelli Community Partnership has representatives from all electoral wards in the town and acts as an umbrella organisation for interest groups, charities, organisations and residents in the community. Cynefin was asked to assist in creating a vision for the town that involved making connections around shared aspirations and values.
Using 'The Wales We Want' as a launch pad, it was agreed that the event should concentrate on gathering information around how others are working to improve place, and the first 'Llanelli We Want' visioning event was created.
Following the event in July, a series of more specific conversations in targeted areas of Llanelli are due to take place to ensure that connected projects develop together and start creating a more resilient future for the town.