Recent history has shown us that the best advocates for change, are those people holding the story, those with lived experience, the allies and the supporters. The ‘Future Proof Project’, launched in September 2021, supports people and communities to build resilience through individual and community advocacy.
The project launched in St Elli’s Shopping Centre Llanelli during Adult Learners’ Week.
The project is in its first year and has been supported by the Mid & West South West Wales Community Cohesion Fund. Paul Davies, Community Cohesion Officer for Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire attended the launch event. “Self-advocacy and community advocacy skills are really important in cohesive and strong communities. We’re really pleased to support this project through the Mid and South West Wales Community Cohesion Fund.”
Delivering a range of free workshops and resources, the project co-ordinators Becca and Jane both have lived experience of unpaid caring and community activism.
“I’ve been an unpaid carer for nearly 25 years, and in that time I’ve seen so many changes” said Becca. “Not just in my own personal experiences, but also in society around us. More issues affect our lives, and I’ve come across more and more people who want to have more of a voice and affect change. This project helps people to build on their skills and knowledge. It’s really exciting to get it off the ground at last.”
Jane Gwynn, co-coordinator of the project said “We’re delighted to finally launch our project. As an unpaid carer myself, I’ve witnessed time and time again the imbalance of power when people are vulnerable and in need of support to acknowledge their choices and rights. Join us on a journey of information and discussion as together we become future proof.”