Cynefin Cardiff – making places better for people

Cynefin literally translates as “habitat” but can also represent a sense of belonging to a place. This programme is focused on making places better for people.

Cynefin Cardiff will be working with residents and relevant partners in Adamsdown, Cathays and Plasnewydd to bring together, empower and improve the quality of life for those communities.

It’s acknowledged that poor and transient communities find it difficult to access services, participate in decision-making, influence and cope with the environmental challenges they face. They may also be least able to benefit from all that the environment offers.

There is a pressing need to tackle poverty and to create greater social justice through local place-based plans to counter environmental inequality. And the Welsh Government’s department ‘Natural Resources and Food’ has been scoping some work to develop this in a number of urban areas in Wales.

The aim of Cynefin is to assist communities with efforts to achieve a better quality of life by bringing the benefits of a good environment to people’s doorsteps and helping them develop more sustainable lifestyles, which encompass skills development, employment and stronger community cohesion.

The local level is where people feel a sense of place and pride in their community and where there are multiple opportunities for integrating delivery of policies to achieve environmental, social and economic outcomes.

Communities will be helped to carry out a community audit and to develop a local vision for their place. This vision will be turned into a proposition for the WG officials and delivery agencies to support in a well-co-ordinated and integrated way.

Next steps include visioning for community groups/residents, local businesses and social entrepreneurs.

What would make south east Cardiff a better and more sustainable place to live? The Cynefin Cardiff project would like to hear. Come and have your say (and enjoy some tasty food) at a community visioning event on the 15th August 2013 at the Gate. For information and registration visit:

Cynefin Cardiff is a programme managed by Severn Wye Energy Agency. SWEA are an independent charity and not-for-profit company which aims to promote sustainable energy and affordable warmth through partnership, awareness-raising, innovation and strategic action.


Luke Rice, Cardiff Place Coordinator

Cynefin Cardiff Visioning Event, Thursday 15th August 5.30-8pm, The Gate

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