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Labour councillors welcome Local Area Coordination expansion

Swansea Labour Party have welcomed the appointment of Local Area Coordinators in Pontarddulais and Uplands following the success of three other schemes.

The two areas are the latest to benefit from a programme – the first in Wales – which supports communities to be places where people feel strong, safe, and connected by the end of the summer.

Local Area Coordination, which originated in Australia, helps develop skills and ideas within communities here to find practical solutions to everyday problems and avoid crises.

And after the schemes being used in three areas – Sketty, St Thomas and Bonymaen, and Gorseinon and Loughor – it is now being expanded into other areas.

Appointments have been made in covering Pontarddulais including Penyrheol, Penllergaer, Grovesend, Waun Gron, Pontlliw, Tircoed, Garnswllt, Felindre and Mawr, and for Uplands including Brynmill, St. Helens, and Ffynone.

The role of the LACs is to get to know individuals, families, businesses and communities so they can then help anyone in the community with information, advice or connections to local resources.

Uplands Cllr Nick Davies said: “I am delighted this Council initiative has come to Uplands and Brynmill and I look forward to working with the co-ordinator protecting and improving residents Wellbeing.”

Pontarddulais Cllr Jane Harris added: “I am delighted that the people of Felindre, Garnswllt, Grovesend, Penllegaer, Penyrheol,Pontarddulais, Pontlliw, Tircoed, Waun Gron will have local access to further develop their strengths and skills through information, advice and co-ordination so that they can take a central role in implementing the changes and developments they require.”

Mark Child, Cabinet Member for Wellbeing and Healthy City said: “I am delighted at the response to these posts and the quality of the applicants. They have lots to offer their communities.

“It follows the success of our existing Local Area Coordinators who helped get this scheme – which is the first of its kind in Wales – off to a great start.

“I hope by extending the scheme we can support more communities to help their residents change their own and their neighbours’ lives for the better.”

More information on Local Area Co-ordination can be found at http://www.swansea.gov.uk/localareacoordinationfaqs

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