Following realignment in April 2012, Communities First is a community-focussed programme that Communities First logosupports the Welsh Government’s Tackling Poverty agenda.

The programme builds on the achievements of Communities First since its launch in 2001 and preserves the best of the current programme.

It supports the most disadvantaged people in our most deprived areas with the aim of contributing to alleviating persistent poverty.

Communities First Delivery Teams funded, by the Welsh Government, will work with residents, community organisations, business and other key agencies in these areas, called Clusters, and will focus on actions leading to the long term sustainability and wellbeing of communities. Involving local people in all aspects of this work is an essential feature of the programme.

Cardiff Third Sector Council (C3SC) has been given the opportunity to deliver one of the four Communities First programmes in Cardiff. The East Cardiff, Llanedeyrn and Pentwyn (ECLP) Communities First Cluster is delivered by a dedicated team who are based out in the community, with oversight from C3SC.

To find out more about the ECLP Communities First, visit www.eclp.org.uk

Communities First aims to contribute, alongside other programmes, to narrowing the education/skills, economic and health gaps between our most deprived and more affluent areas.

The Programme has three strategic objectives helping to achieve these outcomes:

•Prosperous Communities

•Learning Communities

•Healthier Communities

To find out more about the Communities First Programme, go to http://wales.gov.uk/topics/housingandcommunity/regeneration/communitiesfirst/?lang=en