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Cynefin brings together local people, groups, businesses and organisations that deliver services to improve where they live or work.

It helps them work together to make their community cleaner, safer and nicer to live in. This also gives opportunities for business and for people to work and improve their incomes.

What does ‘Cynefin’ mean?

The word ‘Cynefin’, translates best as ‘habitat’ but also means a place that you belong to.

Where is Cynefin working?

Cynefin ‘Place Coordinators’ are working in 9 communities across Wales. These areas are:

  • Anglesey (Newborough)
  • Cardiff (Cathays, Plasnewydd and Adamsdown)
  • Carmarthenshire (Llanelli)
  • Merthyr Tydfil
  • Neath Port Talbot (Neath town centre and Fairyland)
  • Newport (Maindee)
  • Rhondda Cynon Taff
  • Swansea (Penderry wards) 
  • Wrexham (Caia Park and Cefn Mawr).

The Place Coordinator talks to people who live and work in the community. They find out the strengths and problems of the community and look at how improvements can be made and more opportunities offered.

What does Cynefin do?

The Place Coordinators will consider what can be tackled by the community, government and other service deliverers. Actions might include:

  • making the area cleaner
  • increasing and improving available outdoor spaces
  • improving the opportunities for jobs and training
  • improving the health of people in the area 
  • developing a plan to cope with a local emergency such as flooding.

The Place Coordinators are also looking forward to help communities gain from good things in their area. This might include:

  • developing unused land to grow local food
  • helping the community to generate their own energy
  • creating a community time banking scheme.

While doing this, communities can help themselves to feel safer and stronger by:

  • thinking about how they might deal with a flood or extreme snow 
  • developing their skills so that they are better able to deal with tough economic times.

How do I get involved?

Events have been held in many of these areas and issues have been raised. The Place Coordinators are looking at ways the community can develop ideas and initiatives that are suitable for their needs. If you’d like to get involved – please contact the Place Coordinator for your area (external link).