The BITC Cymru team love going out and getting communities really speaking to each other – businesses and community groups who can work together to make the societies in which we live stronger, happier and more sustainable. We held four ‘conversations’ last year and they worked – so we’re doing two more now this year. Find out what our Community Conversations are all about.
Communities across Wales face their own unique challenges and these are best addressed when all those involved work together. Collaboration is key – and that starts with building relationships between employers and community groups.
So how do these conversations work in practice? It’s as straightforward as it sounds. We invite business and communities to get together to discuss local issues - and discuss how to tackle them. And then we have lunch!
We work with a huge range of businesses and community groups in the areas where we hold our events – but it’s quite possible that you know of someone we don’t, a business or group, who should be talking with us. Invite them, too. We’d love to glean all the ideas we can.
It really works to have this mix of businesses, community organisations and others with an interest in the area attend these conversations where:
- Businesses have the chance to understand local issues, share ideas and be more effective and targeted in their responsible business activities
- Community groups can share their knowledge of local issues, forge valuable relationships with local businesses and unlock potential support
We’re particularly interested in speaking to businesses who feel that they can lend their support via their skills, resources or people to a good cause. Can your HR department spare an afternoon? Does your accounts department have the skills to help a community group streamline its finances? Could your staff support a 'reading buddies' scheme for a school? Or are you a community group who could do with these resources?
There will be ample networking opportunities apart from the more structured proceedings and lunch is provided. Places are limited and we anticipate a lot of interest in these events so book now.
- NEWPORT (YMCA) at 10am – 1pm Wednesday 20 February
- BRIDGEND (Waterton Technology Centre) at 10am – 1pm Wednesday 6 March
We do hope you can attend one – or both.
Take a look at what previous attendees have had to say about our Community Conversations:
“I found the event really useful and made some positive connections from all sectors. The work BITC does is important and inspiring.” – Sally Fowler, Cambrian Village Trust.
“Can’t believe the amount of information and contacts I’ve made today. Excellent event!” – Jackie Prosser, Age Connects Morgannwg
“Thank you BITC Cymru. The event was an excellent opportunity for community groups across Newport to share their ideas and challenges with the business community. We need to start by having honest conversations about the challenges that we face. Things can change but we need to work together.” - Keir Duffin, Head of Services for Regeneration, Investment and Housing, Newport City Council
“The event was definitely worth attending. Being able to meet with members of the local business community and to understand their interpretation of CSR and employee volunteering was extremely useful and challenged some commonly held misconceptions. Most surprising was both sectors response towards working together to tackle youth unemployment in Newport. This conversation led to some innovative ideas for locally delivered partnership projects.” - Jane Shatford, Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisations
“The event was a really helpful tool for networking and raising awareness for the work of our organisation. It also gave me food for thought as to how our charity can engage better with local businesses and stakeholders.”- Marc Hepton, Eden Gate
“Great to be part of Newport’s Community Conversation. An opportunity to understand some of the current challenges facing all sectors and learn how there is willingness to find solutions and offer support.”- Bob Barry, Duffryn Community Link.