The ‘Voice for Ceredigion’ Event24th Oct 2014
We believe there is a need for Ceredigion voices to be heard and a forthcoming event in Aberystwyth will provide a platform for a key debate on local needs. Co-ordinated by the Care Society, our event will include national and local speakers exploring the issues facing today’s communities and will consider potential solutions.
Our Chief Executive, Guy Evans believes that these are the kind of people who often find themselves without a voice,
“It is no secret that we are currently living in very difficult financial times, and there is a danger that those on the periphery of our societies can be pushed further adrift and their voices and views ignored. What we are trying to do is ensuring that those people have an opportunity to feed into the debate, their ideas considered, and most importantly to re-instil in them a feeling of self worth, something that can be lost when all the talk is about significant cuts in services.
In communities such as we have in Ceredigion there are many positive initiatives in existence which the Care Society and other organisations support and develop so it is important we highlight those and give them centre stage. Ahead of our event we will be going out and recording some of these so a wider audience can appreciate the activities.”
The event is supported by Aberystwyth University’s School of Management and Business and Peter Midmore, from the School, is looking forward to hearing the outcome,
“Aberystwyth University plays a key role in the local economy and we cannot divorce ourselves from the many social and economic issues that are having profound impacts on today’s communities. We need to work in tandem to consider possible solutions, and bringing national and local partners together for such an event will certainly open the door and enable us to debate key issues within a practical environment.”
We will be working with other local organisations such as the Penparcau Community Forum and national organisations such as Cynnal Cymru and Community Housing Cymru to consider how issues can be addressed on various levels and with the aim of developing a joined up, holistic approach.
Bryn Jones of the Penparcau Community Forum wants to see a greater focus on partnership working and applauds the Care Society’s approach, “At the Penparcau Forum we have a wonderful programme of events and strong community support, but we cannot operate in isolation. The issues affecting people in Penparcau are very similar to those affecting people in other areas of the county and wider afield. We welcome the opportunity to debate these in a wider context, and more importantly to give our stakeholders the chance to have their voices heard. The Care Society will be going out and about to record their thoughts and ideas and who knows what may come out!”
The event, which will also incorporate our Care Society Annual General Meeting, will take place on Thursday 20th November from 1.30pm to 5.00pm at Aberystwyth University, School of Management & Business, Rheidol Building, Llanbadarn, Aberystwyth, SY23 3AL.
Places are limited, therefore if you are interested in joining our event please contact Dona Hayward to check availability before Friday 7th November by e-mailing: firstname.lastname@example.org OR by phoning: 01970 639782.