The first meeting of Cardiff Partnerships took place at the Big Sleep Hotel on Wednesday 14th April 2010.
It brought together community organisations from across Cardiff and people who were interested in the civic side of Cardiff, everyone from single-issue campaigners to prospective candidates in the general election.
The event was hosted by the Cardiff Civic Society and Peter Cox, chairman of the Society, outlined his vision for Cardiff Partnerships at the start of the evening.
He said: “We want to set up an informal group and bring people together who have common issues. I’ve found and the Civic Society have found that instead of being over there working on one issue we could work with others and share skills.
“I don’t see Cardiff Partnerships being an organisation, it will have no formal structure, it will just give people to chance to work together to make Cardiff a better place.”
Cox stressed that he did not see Cardiff Partnerships as a campaign group but as a place where people could share their knowledge about planning applications, dealing with civic matters and engaging people in local campaigns.
He said: “Many of us come from single issue campaigns, over a park, a building and a whole range of other issues. What we all have in common is that we’re volunteers, charities and we want to get our message out.”
Organisations were then invited to give a short ‘elevator pitch’ about what their community organisation, campaign group or they themselves did.
People were then split off into groups to discuss what the biggest problems facing them were. These were presented back and the biggest issues that came up were:
- Lack of profile for campaigns and how to get the message out
- How to use technology effectively to engage local people in an issue/campaign
- Dealing with planning applications and other official documents and processes
Cox closed the meeting by inviting everyone present to join an online space where organisations and individuals could share information and advice about dealing with civic issues.
People and organisations in attendance included Cardiff Conservation Volunteers, Cardiff Roundtable, Riverside Community Market, Canton Carbon Cutters, Glamorgan Family History Society, Radyr & Morganstown Association, Cardiff Cycling Campaign, Llandaff Society, Cardiff Tenants & Resident’s Federation, prospective candidates from the Green Party and Plaid Cymru for Cardiff Central and the Conservative candidate for Cardiff West.
Anyone interested in joining the Cardiff Partnership can contact Daniel Muhamad at the Cardiff Civic Society.
View photos from the Cardiff Partnerships event