Understanding Welsh Places Festival – Shaping the future of our towns

Join us for the Understanding Welsh Places Festival of online events supporting and inspiring local communities and decision makers.

Understanding Welsh Places Festival / Gwyl Deall Lleoedd Cymru

Day 2 – Shaping the future of our towns and communities

Wednesday 11 November, 10am – 12pm on Zoom Webinar

Join us for the Understanding Welsh Places Festival; series of online events supporting and inspiring local communities, decision-makers, planners and policy-makers to make positive changes to the places where they live and work.

The Covid 19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of where we live, where we get our food, and where we access our local services. For better or worse, the pandemic has meant most of us are getting to know our immediate surroundings better than we may have before. We may be noticing for the first time how much we have on our doorstep, or noticing what our places are missing. Join us as we discuss how we can use this insight to shape the future of our towns and communities.

Session 1


Join us as we explore the problems faced by Welsh towns and communities, and the opportunities we have to shape their future.


– Chris Blake – The Green Valleys

– Russell Greenslade – Swansea BID

– Elin Hywel – Cwmni Bro Ffestiniog

– Peter Williams – The Means

Session 2

Case studies and inspiration:

Matt Baker, Strategic Director of the Midsteeple Quarter in Dumfries, shares his learning about community and town development. Midsteeple Quarter is a community benefit society breathing new life into Dumfries town centre by redeveloping empty high street properties to create a new neighbourhood with a mix of uses built on principles of local prosperity and well being.

You should attend this event if:

> You are interested in community and towns policy

> You are interested in community-led regeneration

> You are a placemaker, planner, community organisation, local decision-maker or policy-maker

> You are from a town and community council

> You are interested in how you can make change in your community

> You are interested in community organising.

Please note that there will be a minute’s silence observed at 11am.

The Understanding Welsh Places project is kindly sponsored by Carnegie UK Trust.