Community Participation, Representation and Wellbeing

PLANED supports communities of place and interest; helping them to be stronger, more economic and resilient; and encouraging best practice by seizing opportunities to do things for themselves.

PLANED supportsthecommunity voice to be heard by encouraging collective action and discussion at a community level.  Through development of action plans and community forums,  PLANED support the resilience of rural communties by identifying opportunities for community based facilities, ensuring communities have access to the services afforded to more urban settlements through partnership and innovation, and development of rural services to meet the needs of the community.  

We will encourage improved wellbeing and integration by helping communities to experience ‘The Five Ways to Wellbeing’.

Community Engagement and Consultation

We use bespoke community focused tools and methodologies to engage with the community. 

We use a variety of engagement methods ‘Visioning’, Surveys, Action Research, Asset based development, online forums and discussions, community conversations (eg. Cabon conversations), Youth engagement,  theory of change, mapping, events and arts.

Action Planning and Area Development Plans

An Action Plan provides an overview of the whole community, identifies local need and local opportunities, represents a forward look at the changes a community wants to see, and identifies the organisations needed to help implement the Plan. These Action Plans can lead to the strengthening of existing groups and creation of new ones, the enhancement and creation of local amenities and new opportunities to link into strategies and Hub Area Development Plans.

You can see examples of previous Action Plans Here

Supporting Community Forums and Associations

In order to take the Action Plan forward, PLANED supports the community to form a Community Forum (where one is not already in existence) that is open toall members of the community.  PLANED will prepare publicity, arrange meetings and events, share good practice and support the Community Forum by improving communication and signposting to partner organisations and projects. Community Forum members are encourage

d and supported to establish relevant working groups to take forward specific project proposals identified in the Action Plan.

Supporting Projects and Initiatives

Projects are identified in Community Action Plans and Hub Area Development Plans. PLANED’s approach at ‘turning ideas into action’ encourages working groups to look at strengths and opportunities that exist locally, for specific projects what can be done locally and who can help, and then identify the next steps, for example liaising with service providers etc.

Through a number of initiatives PLANED may be able to offer financial support for projects identified in Community Action Plans and Hub Area Development Plans which contribute to local regeneration and economic growth.

For information about the project funding please speak to a PLANED Officer: 

Networks and Representation

In order to work together effectively and to progress a Community Action Plan, local people are encouraged to form a Community Forum.  A properly constituted Community Forum enables people and organisations to come together and be represented at community level.  PLANED also assists communities to collaborate and network.


The Clywed project draws on PLANED’s proven methods of engagement and participation to encourage communities to identify the challenges and opportunities they face, in order to improve their wellbeing.

PLANED believes that communities are full of untapped assets and resources, and community members are the experts in how to develop their own projects and solutions. By researching and testing new engagement methods, Clywed aims to widen participation, encouraging communities to establish their own local priorities, develop local solutions and influence local decision makers.

To find out how you can get involved, click here.

Community Forum Network 

PLANED has established and continues to support a Community Forum Network, whose purpose is to bring together Community Forums and Associations to share experience and good practice, along with Community, Town and City Councils and other agencies. The Forum meets twice yearly and is an opportunity for communities to discuss challenges and solutions across the country.

For details contact: Karen Scott

Community Buildings Network

The Pembrokeshire Community Buildings Forum brings together representatives from community buildings throughout Pembrokeshire. It provides an opportunity to network and discuss issues that affect community buildings, as well as providing updates on current funding and relevant changes in legislation.

The network meets twice a year, in one of the community buildings that are represented on the network and is co-ordinated by a steering group with representatives from PAVS, PLANED & PCC. 

For details contact Liz Thomas