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1 The Tools to Do It Right - Engaging Communities in Wales Start in the right community: Define your community - belonging Work to your strengths - traditions, skills, values Key people recognised and regarded within the community: professionals, retired professionals / ex-overseas workers / ex-patriots, BUT GIVE ALL VOLUNTEERS A ROLE Build through existing community networks: faith-based groups / professional links

2 The Tools to Do It Right - Engaging Communities in Wales Catching the Vision Raise awareness of the needs and opportunities: Publicity / local media / through local events / leaflets Build a supporter base: regular giving and newsletters Lead by example; value the community: talk to anyone and everyone who will listen. Initiate formal town twinning by involving local council Keep going! Good news stories.

3 The Tools to Do It Right - Engaging Communities in Wales Catching the Vision Visitors for a week Visionaries for a lifetime Take people to Africa. The experience changes them. They give talks to all sorts of people and keep talking. They inspire others. They become personal links with your partner community.

4 The Tools to Do It Right - Engaging Communities in Africa Start in the right community: Communities and officials open to link. Willingness to prioritise support for those most in need. Key people recognised and regarded within the community: Partner NGO leaders Volunteers chosen by their communities District Directorates Build through existing community networks: NGO links / faith-based groups / community teacher / pastor / headman / womens groups.

5 The Tools to Do It Right - Engaging Communities in Africa Helping communities to self-sufficiency Key elements: Raise awareness of opportunity for positive change Local media / sensitisation Lead by example; value the community Achieve acceptance / approval key players in communities. Keep going!

6 The Tools to Do It Right - Engaging Communities in Africa Catching the Vision Visitors for a week Friends for a lifetime Periodic visits, feedback, volunteers conference. Bring key people to Wales. The experience changes them. They get to see and understand better your community. They will show you your community with new eyes. They inspire others. They become personal links with your community.

7 The Tools to Do It Right - Engaging Communities Whole - Community Links 2004PONT-Mbale partnership Primary Care;Education; Churches / Youth Support OVC families (goats); 2007 RCT-Mbale Coalition Against Poverty PONT-Mbale partnership RCT – Mbale council links Engineering (water, energy) Hospital LHB University

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9 The Tools to Do It Right - Engaging Communities Visits Travellers pack – background, things to take, dos and donts, vaccs, antimalarials, further reading etc. Appropriate level orientation / briefing. Regular briefing / debriefing during the visit (clean up as you go). Reunion and feedback. Learn from your mistakes (or rather, from others!)

10 Partnerships Overseas Networking Trust pont-mbale.org.uk


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