Operating, in its current format, since 2014. It developed from ideas and initiatives from c.2009. It’s key characteristics continue to be: A blend of local private sector (businesses and landowners); statutory government and agencies; voluntary sector organisations; local community groups; and individuals who offer their time and skills. In 2018 the Partnership was awarded the Sustainable Community award from Cynnal Cymru Sustain Wales organisation.

Operating, in its current format, since 2014. It developed from ideas and initiatives from c.2009. It’s key characteristics continue to be: A blend of local private sector (businesses and landowners); statutory government and agencies; voluntary sector organisations; local community groups; and individuals who offer their time and skills. In 2018 the Partnership was awarded the Sustainable Community award from Cynnal Cymru Sustain Wales organisation.

The Welcome to our Woods partnership continues to develop new ways of c onnecting people and place in the Upper Rhondda., Sustainably managing local resources and local spaces for health, wellbeing, recreation, training and employment outcomes.

Our work will focus on finding solutions to overcome related social problems, summarised here as: Health and Wellbeing – including inequalities in access to good quality green spaces, poor mental health and physical inactivity. Skills and Jobs – low skills, low wages and few employment opportunities. Much of the existing employment is minimum wage, part-time. Poverty – lack of access to resources and services, fuel poverty.

Working in partnership with a large range of people, communities, associations, we ensure our plans add value to and build on what the community want to achieve together.

Working this way allows us to involve a wide range of local people, use existing local skills and programmes of partners to best effect outcomes for the individual and the place.