Building Communities Trust (BCT) are taking up the role of community sector representatives on the Third Sector Partnership Council, in partnership with PLANED.

What is the Third Sector Partnership Council?

The Third Sector Partnership Council is a forum for discussions between representatives of third sector networks and the Welsh Government. It provides an opportunity for the sector to raise issues of interest or concern and allows for meetings with all Cabinet Secretaries twice a year.

There are representatives of 25 different Third Sector networks on the Partnership Council (Click here to see the full list)

The role of BCT is to represent the community sector – organisations working in specific geographical areas to benefit people living in those areas. Some of those organisations may also be social enterprises or working with particular groups (e.g. young people), but anyone who is working to benefit a particular place is welcome to join their network.

How will this work?

To be able to represent the community sector effectively, they hope to build a network of other organisations. Through this network, they’ll look at the interests and concerns of the community sector and get their views on proposals coming from Government.

To communicate with the network, they’ll set up a Partnership Council web page, issue quarterly e-bulletins and hold periodic consultation events across Wales.

If you’d like to join the network, click here

Over the next few months they will be building the network, and will be holding workshops to bring network members together in February 2019. These will be:

  • 5th February 2019 in South West Wales
  • 18th February 2019 in South East Wales
  • 21st February 2019 in North Wales

More details, including location and how to register will be available soon. If you have any questions, please get in touch with Chris Johnes or Emma Shepherd at BCT on 02921 202280.

Who are Building Communities Trust?

BCT support asset-based community development work in Wales, running the Invest Local programme in 13 mainly urban areas in Wales.

Who are PLANED?

PLANED is a community-led partnership established as a social enterprise, a Development Trust, a charity, and a company limited by guarantee, with its Board members being representatives from communities and from the public and private sectors. They have over 30 years’ experience of implementing integrated rural development through supporting enterprise, sustainable agriculture and tourism, heritage and environmental activities, through community engagement and participation. For more information, visit

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