Swansea Rural Development Partnership - Expression of Interest for Membership The Partnership has just refreshed their Local Development Strategy (LDS), taking a ‘One Planet’ focus in response to the climate emergency, and is now looking for people who represent local groups and interests to join them in driving it forward. Are you passionate about Swansea’s rural wards? Do you think you could help to steer their development? The Swansea Rural Development Partnership needs you. Their vision is to work towards a Swansea which: Increases community resilience and self-reliance by producing more of what it consumes; Does this in a way that is less damaging to people's health and the environment; Supports more abundant natural resources and biodiversity; Encourages an end to needless waste; Yields more local and meaningful jobs; Gives greater protection from the possibility of disruption in the rest of the world in the environment, trade and the economy; Reduces the area’s ecological and carbon footprints Members of the Partnership – or Local Action Group – are responsible for: Bringing passion, creativity, and ambition for the potential of the Programme and the difference it can make Determining the priorities for the Programme within the scope of the LDS Developing a detailed understanding of the LDS and helping to keep it up to date and relevant Taking a pro-active approach to the allocation of funding to priorities agreed in the Rural Strategy based on the needs of the rural wards – it is Partnership members who make these important decisions, with advice on eligibility and technical matters from Project Officers Working with Project Officers to determine the local work plan and which projects or activities to invest in Attending regular meetings to support the above activities, whether in person or digitally Promoting the Partnership and its priorities within their own networks and beyond Representing a local area or organisation that is located within the rural wards or impacts on the rural wards (Mawr, Llangyfelach, Pontarddualis, Penclawdd, Three Crosses, Bishopston, Pennard, and Gower) For more information, and to download the Membership Expression of Interest Form, click here. If you think your skillset meets the above criteria, please complete their membership expression of interest and return it to [email protected] by 26th August,12pm (noon). Please note: as there is a membership selection process which the partnership follows, they are unlikely to be able to accept everyone who applies; there are a limited number of places on the Partnership, and they need to ensure a balance of different interests.