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Action on skills for community workers

Social Justice Minister, Carl Sargeant recently highlighted the action being taken to help community development workers acquire the skills they need to support disadvantaged communities in Wales.

The Welsh Assembly Government has joined forces with Lifelong Learning UK, Community Development Cymru and other key stakeholders to develop an Action Plan for the next three years.

Working with Communities sets out the steps that will be taken to achieve the Assembly Government’s vision of a highly skilled and qualified community development workforce.  

Carl Sargeant said

“Communities need effective support to help them remove the barriers that prevent people from taking part in issues that affect their lives.

“In the current economic climate it is more important than ever that community development workers are highly skilled and are able to bring real benefits to the communities they work with.

“Communities First staff are at the heart of the programme and make up a significant portion of this workforce. They are an important asset and the people who can take the programme into its second decade.

“This action plan will ensure that we identify and address the skill development needs of all community development workers. This is essential in providing a first class service to communities the length and breadth of Wales and helping them in making positive and long-lasting change.”  

Michelle Creed, Director of Lifelong Learning UK in Wales added;

“This is an exciting opportunity to work together to nurture and develop the talents of community development staff and volunteers across Wales.

"As we work in partnership to implement the action plan, we will continue to involve workers and communities so that we deliver tangible benefits for both community development workers and the communities that they serve with such dedication.”

Derith Powell the Chief Executive of Community Development Cymru, also  added;

"Working With Communities is an exciting and much needed development. Providing access to appropriate learning and training which is based on the underlying principles and values of community development is vital to the success of this work. In turn, this will provide community workers with increased knowledge and understanding as well as recognition of their existing skills."

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