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Hi there! I'm Susan Rodaway, the newest member of the VocalEyes team. I'm really excited to have been appointed as the Community Organising Team Leader. This position has been created to support the Swansea Local Action Groups for the Rural Development Partnership to become more representative of the community, provide evidence of community needs, facilitate project development, and assist communities to turn ideas into action. So what does that mean in terms of my role and what I hope to achieve?

I will be working with eight different rural communities across Swansea: Gower, Mawr, Pontardulais,Bishopston, Pennard, Fairwood, Llangyfelach and Penclawdd. I'll be recruiting, training and supporting a Community Organising Team (COT) in each ward. Each team will be made up of volunteers from the community with a passion for improving the place they live in and a drive to make positive change. What will the Community Organising Teams be doing? The COTs will help local people to debate and rate existing ideas for the ward and make suggestions of their own.

This engagement is primarily online but where appropriate, face-to-face and larger meetings will also take place. As more people engage with the process (and the more the better!), the most popular ideas will float to the top; then it gets really interesting! The ideas with the most support will be progressed into action with the assistance of the COTs. They will arrange projects for local people to pledge their support to online, and at meetings.

Where required, they will present results to groups or individuals for extra support to ensure the ideas become reality. The outcome of this process will be better connected communities, able to work together to improve their lives for themselves and ultimately more facilities and activities for the ward. I'm really pleased and proud to be a part of this project and I'm looking forward to helping people make a positive change. Keep checking in for progress updates - the journey starts in Pennard! If the idea of Community Organising appeals to you and you’d like to explore it further, drop us an email to

posted on 21 Jun 2017