13 Oct 2021
On Thursday October 14,Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn, will hold a Community Engagement Day in Llandrindod Wells, during which he will meet with a number of the community groups who received funding through his Participatory Budgeting initiative.
In 2020-2021, the PCC invested £140,000 in the initiative which saw £10,000 being committed to to each neighbourhood policing area in Dyfed-Powys.
Participatory Budgeting is a way of giving communities a greater say in how money is spent in their local areas. During the 2020-2021 financial year, successful virtual community Participatory Budgeting events were held across each of the fourteen neighbourhood policing areas within the Dyfed-Powys Police force area. Community groups applying for funding were asked to present a video displaying their project ideas, and community representatives decided whom should receive the funding. Over 100 community groups benefitted from funds of over £200,000.
For Llandrindod Wells, in addition to the Police and Crime Commissioner’s initial £10,000, both Wales and West Housing and Llandrindod Town Council contributed £2,000 to support the local projects.
When in Llandrindod Wells on Thursday, the Police and Crime Commissioner will be meet with representatives from several community groups that received some of the funding, including The Bracken Trust, Trefonnen School, Dementia Matters in Powys, Llandrindod Community Events, Radnorshire Indoor Bowls Association, and Powys Floating Support Mind and Sense.
PCC Dafydd Llywelyn said, “Last year, I committed to fund this new and innovative approach to community funding as I think it’s vital that local residents have a say in how money is spent in their local area.
“They are best placed to work with the police, and indeed other partner agencies, to identify where the money is needed and what would most benefit the local communities. I look forward to meeting with each of these groups to see for myself how the local community is benefiting from this funding.”