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Going local: How coronavirus could transform places

July 8th 2020 - Presented by: Tony Armstrong Ceri Cunnington Sarah Lloyd-Jones

The restrictions on everyday life are transforming how people live, work and shop.

Queues of traffic on the A470 and A55 have all but disappeared, while local independent food shops have seen a big increase in trade. Many people are now ‘living local’.

Some of the key topics covered include:

  • the environmental benefits and impacts
  • how ‘going local’ might be the future for Wales
  • what can be done to regenerate communities post-Covid

The Presenters:

Tony Armstrong

Tony has led Locality since 2014. He has a background in supporting communities to have more say over their local areas in the third sector and the public sector.

He previously led the national charity Living Streets and served as a civil servant for nine years , holding a number of senior policy adviser roles in Government, including work on neighbourhood regeneration and renewal and health improvement

Ceri Cunnington

Ceri is Development Officer, and works on developing the vision, for the Cwmni Bro Ffestiniog, to promote cooperation between community enterprises and businesses in the Bro Ffestiniog area who between them employ over 150 local people and contribute over £1.5milion in local wages annually.

In 2007 he founded  the social enterprise Antur Stiniog which established local mountain bike trails and outdoor activities. He is a volunteer director on a number of Social Enterprise such as Y Dref Werdd, Ynni Cymunedol Twrog, DOLAN and Antur Stiniog where he still plays an active role.

Sarah Lloyd-Jones

Sarah is Director of the People and Work Unit. Established in 1984, the People and Work Unit  works to promote the value of education and learning as a tool for tackling inequalities and promoting employment, through community based action research projects.

Sarah has over twenty-five years experience in both qualitative and quantitative research methods and data analysis and has been the principal researcher and consultant on many of the Unit’s studies. She is also a founding director of Lles Cymru – Wellbeing Wales and its Chair and chairs its research and evaluation group.

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