On October 1st almost two hundred people joined TCC's online event to celebrate its long history, with community leaders sharing stories of how ordinary people have achieved huge changes for themselves and their communities, and what they are planning for the future. The First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford, local politicians and decision makers were invited to hear first-hand from the people involved about the issues their communities are currently facing.
Made up of a diverse alliance of community groups, TCC members work together to run effective campaigns and meet directly with decision makers on the issues which affect communities. Throughout its 25 year history members have achieved success on many issues facing local communities including getting a night shelter set up in Wrexham and ensuring employers pay the real Living Wage. During the event, members from Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham challenged local MPs, MSs, Councillors and the First Minister to commit to a range of asks from their communities on issues including climate change, housing and sanctuary.
Following a feature on the Stop School Hunger / Dysgu Nid Llwgu campaign, which resulted in the Welsh Government committing to funding breakfasts in secondary schools for Wales' poorest pupils with an additional £1 to the free school meal allowance, the First Minister told community leaders Yvonne Girvan and June Edwards who raised the issue “You did all the right things and you succeeded”. The First Minister praised the work of TCC members and committed to working with the charity going forwards.
The founder of TCC, Nia Higginbotham, reflected on 25 years of community organising saying “We’ve learnt that working together gives powerless communities a voice, and I’ve found bringing together groups which don’t normally work together very exciting. For me the main point of TCC was, and is, to enable anyone and everyone to be a community leader. Over the years TCC has worked on issues big and small, together we’ve challenged and worked with councillors, MPs, MSs, police chiefs, factory owners, financiers and so on, and in the process helped each other become effective leaders in the public realm.”
TCC wishes to take this opportunity to thank funders The National Lottery Community Fund, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, The Tudor Trust, The Presbyterian Church of Wales, The Cymru Synod of the Methodist Church and The People’s Postcode Trust.
Anyone interested in knowing more about building power and community organising can read more about getting involved with TCC here and please contact us for a conversation.