The idea of setting up the Community Forum arose from very well attended community visioning workshops (organised by Planed - Pembrokeshire Local Action Network for Enterprise & Development. www.planed.org.uk) and these also formed the basis of a Newport Action Plan adopted in May 2004.
What benefits are there for individuals & local groups?
The Forum is open to anyone living in the area of benefit or who has an affinity with Newport. It brings together local organisations, groups and individuals to work to improve and sustain a high quality of life for everyone.
By becoming involved in the Forum you can learn about other local groups and what they do. The Forum can help to inform other people about your group and we can all discover how to work together and with other organisations and statutory authorities to the benefit of the community.
Because the Forum provides a means of consultation and the opportunity to work in partnership by engaging a wide range of people and organisations, it can clearly demonstrate community support. This is respected by grant giving bodies and can be of assistance in fund raising. As the Forum is a constituted body with a bank account, member groups are able to apply for funding through us.
What has Newport Community Forum achieved so far?
One of the Forum's main achievements is to form working groups that have gone on to become independent or largely independent. These include The Newport Area Environment Group and Newport History Society. The Forum is also the umbrella group to Materion Carningli which brings together the work of various local voluntary Neighbourhood Support Groups and to Newport Good Neighbour Scheme
In 2009, a new Action Plan for Newport was written by Newport Forum members and during 2013 and 2014 work began on updating this A statement describing Newport today was published in December 2014 and is available from the Forum secretary or PLANED. Currently a group of individuals meets to progress the 2015 Action Plan
To join this working group or for more information about the Forum, please contact Ken Davies Chairman on 01239 820090 or Sandra Bayes Secretary on 1239 820889