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TCC tackles social injustice by supporting diverse communities to gain the power they need to enact change. We do this through community organising: bringing together local groups, supporting them to set their own agenda, take action, and improve their communities.
Our members are many different faith groups, community organisations, and schools from across Wrexham, Flintshire, and Denbighshire. Any of our members can raise an issue for TCC to work on—so they set our agenda.
We’re always open to new groups who want to join us, so please get in contact.
Flintshire City of Sanctuary calls for action on Nationality and Borders Bill
TCC member group Flintshire City of Sanctuary has called for the House of Lords to challenge the UK Government’s Nationality and Borders Bill. Leaders have released a powerful statement sharing their concerns and calling on individuals to act.
Flintshire City of Sanctuary is one of the many organisations across the UK which are raising grave concerns about the impact of the Bill on our communities. Expert organisations have dubbed the Bill, ‘The Anti-Refugee Bill’, and it has provoked strong criticism from United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
“UNHCR believes the UK’s Nationality and Borders Bill would penalise most refugees seeking asylum in the country, creating an asylum model that undermines established international refugee protection rules and practices.”
Flintshire City of Sanctuary is asking for people to:
“support us in our concern about this Bill, by writing to their MP and MS, and to add a signature to the petition asking for the withdrawal of Clause 9 from the Bill, before it is enacted…. We ask this because, as has been stated by SEIN (South East Integration Network) “There is power in community, in collective grief, in collective anger, in collective support and collective action”.”
Flintshire City of Sanctuary leaders also call on those who wish to do more to welcome refugees to consider joining the City of Sanctuary movement.
Want to learn more about this issue?
Experts by experience the VOICES Network raised many concerns during the consultation process for the UK Government’s New Plan for Immigration last year, and set out their vision for a fairer and more compassionate asylum system which you can read here.
You can read more about the Bill and UNHCR’s concerns here.
Watch this short video from Refugee Action explaining why they believe this is an ‘Anti-Refugee Bill’.
Support TCC through the newly launched Wrexham Community Lottery
We're excited to announce that TCC has joined Wrexham Community Lottery. The lottery, coordinated by AVOW, is an exciting weekly draw that raises money for good causes in Wrexham.
All good causes supported by the lottery will benefit Wrexham and its residents. We need your help so we can continue to support people in the local area to make positive changes in their communities. Tickets for the lottery cost just £1 per week. 50% of the ticket sales from our page go directly to TCC, and you could be in with a chance of winning up to £25,000!
Play the lottery, support TCC - it’s that simple! Find out more and support TCC here.
TCC groups take part in Global Day of Climate Action in North East Wales
TCC groups across North East Wales took part in a day of local climate action on Saturday 6th November. To coincide with CoP26 taking place in Glasgow, the climate issue group organised to demonstrate locally that people in North East Wales are concerned about the climate and care about the planet by getting out in their community and taking Earth-friendly actions.
Holywell and District Transition group marched with over 40 people through Holywell to the rousing sound of the Cambria Band. You can read more and see the fantastic photos from the day in the Leader Live article here.
Friends of the Earth Llangollen & District organised for walkers, cyclist and paddlers to travel together and meet in Llangollen's Centenary Square.
If you couldn't get to an event, you can still take part by having your say on Flintshire County Council's climate change consultation before 19th November. Your feedback will help to develop the council's Climate Change and Operational Plan. Complete the consultation survey here.
We also shared a climate themed quiz that you can do yourself or with friends / family if you'd like to get involved from the comfort of home too. Download the quiz here and make it a fun way of getting the conversation started about climate action. Email us to get the answers.
You can still submit your photos and videos of your activity to us here. We will collate them all and share them on our social media channels to show how TCC member groups are taking action in their communities.
Proposed closure of Plas Madoc Surgery
TCC member groups including We Are Plas Madoc are working to save the Plas Madoc branch surgery, as proposals soon to be submitted to the health board would see it permanently closed.
The GP surgery on Plas Madoc has been closed since the beginning of the pandemic, with Dr A D Evans & Partners saying the lack of space and adequate ventilation means it cannot re-open, even after Covid restrictions are lifted. This would mean that Plas Madoc residents who usually use the surgery would have to travel to Llangollen or Glyn Ceiriog for their appointments.
Chair of We Are Plas Madoc Anne Salisbury said “The news of the potential closure of Plas Madoc GP surgery is devasting for many of our residents and neighbouring communities. We have been asking for improved health facilities in the Plas Madoc community for many years so to hear that we are now at risk of losing access to this service is a real blow. We appreciate the pressures faced by the practice and the fact that the current building may not be suitable so surely we should be looking at how we can make improvements to enable this service to continue.”
TCC and We Are Plas Madoc have asked residents living on both Plas Madoc and in Llangollen for feedback. So far 100% of people spoken to are opposed to the surgery being closed. Respondents have commented that the closure would have a “devastating impact”, with many expressing concern about the additional cost of bus travel, particularly for those who also need to take children to appointments. Others with mobility issues will be forced to pay £24 per appointment to use the local community transport scheme.
The campaign has been supported by Ken Skates MS, Mark Isherwood MS, Sam Rowlands MS, Llyr Gruffydd MS, and Simon Baynes MP. Llyr Gruffydd MS, said “While I understand the pressures faced by the practice, it is very concerning given the numbers of people affected in the Plas Madoc area that are without transport and the poor bus service that exists locally. That's in addition to the high costs involved in reaching Llangollen by bus. Plas Madoc is one of the most deprived wards in Wales and that inevitably leads to complex health demands.”
"There's a broader concern also about GP surgeries in the Wrexham area either centralising services (such as in Plas Madoc, Forge Road and Gresford) or withdrawing them altogether. Added together, these amount to a serious challenge to primary care services in the Wrexham area and that also has knock-on effects for other elements of NHS services such as the Emergency Department in the Maelor and ambulance trust.”
TCC is proud to become a partner of
TCC is proud to become a partner of Climate Cymru, an important and worthwhile campaign to represent 50,000 voices from Wales at COP26 this November in Glasgow.
The campaign is centred around meaningful and just action to address the climate emergency, and will gather voices from all areas and demographics of Welsh society. As partners or people sign up, they tell Climate Cymru what is important to them and the responses received will shape the campaign’s communication and advocacy at COP26. Ultimately, the people of Wales own the message.
As the impacts of climate change escalate, a lot is at stake both in Wales and around the world. As hosts of COP26, it is especially important for the UK Government to show leadership in combating climate change. Wales has an important part to play, and the campaign aims to make sure the Welsh and UK government are showing leadership with meaningful, evidence-based and just commitments at COP26. A key focus is to ensure that the often under-represented areas and demographics of Wales have a meaningful opportunity to contribute and are considered as we make the changes to our society that we need to.
It’s quick and easy to add your voice as an individual here climate.cymru/add-your-voice, and the campaign also has options for businesses, non profit organisations or ambassadors who can get more active with the campaign if they wish. They are building an increasingly impressive network of climate conscious organisations from all sectors and areas around Wales, which presents an opportunity to connect to other organisations and drive climate agenda in the future too. You can also keep up with the campaign on social media: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Partnership with Bevan Foundation contributes to report on impact of pandemic
TCC is working with the Bevan Foundation to gather information from people living in North East Wales about how they have been impacted by the pandemic over the past year.
Thanks to everyone who completed our short survey on the impact the pandemic has had on people's personal finances. Throughout July and August people from TCC member groups got involved in conversations with the Bevan Foundation and TCC to look at how the pandemic had impacted their communities. The information and stories shared at this series of workshops will help to shape the way that TCC and the Bevan Foundation work together to improve things for people living in North East Wales. The Bevan Foundation produced a report in September 2021 on 'Debt in the pandemic', which included contributions from TCC member groups. You can read the report here.
TCC works to tackle social injustice by supporting diverse communities to gain the power they need to enact change. We do this through community organising: bringing together local groups, so they can set their own agenda, take action, and improve their communities. The Bevan Foundation aims to develop lasting solutions to poverty and inequality to improve people’s lives.