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Severn Wye has a strong track record of working with local communities. We take a community development approach which aims to enable and empower those we work with rather than just advising at a distance. We do this through bespoke training and a free open exchange of expertise and information.

We have unlocked more than £2m of funding for community groups through our various and diverse projects.

We've carried out over 250 community building surveys to help make their facilities more energy efficient and more comfortable.

We have supported more than 50 communities develop renewable energy schemes.

We have provided training to 878 community members.

We have carried out hundreds of energy and waste surveys for community buildings; identifying practical solutions to reduce energy consumption and make the buildings more comfortable.

Our energy survey work has ranged from small village halls to large schools, sports centres and community centres, helping them save thousands of pounds in their energy bills.

One of the key challenges, but also one of the most productive aspects of our work is community engagement; involving people to find the solutions to improving their surroundings and facilities. This could be through behaviour change on energy savings or food waste, developing urban green spaces or mapping flood risks in their areas.

An example of our work is the Cynefin programme, which is an innovative project seeking to change the way community support and resource planning is undertaken. Cynefin has successfully trialled new ways of working 'with' rather than 'for' communities with a variety of strategies including place-based regeneration and 'build-your-own-lunch' planning forums.

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