Powys Localities Initiative

This project builds on work to date to develop the 13 Locality Networks as forums that build the capacity of residents to plan, develop and deliver activities that boost the social and economic vitality of each locality.

Join the discussion in your area

Visit our page on the Have Your Say Powys website to put forward ideas for your community, add your comments to others' ideas, offer your support or ask questions about them, and to find out about the projects which have received investment from the Localities Initiative.

The Opportunity

Covid 19 has hit hard over the last couple of years. It has impacted us all personally and played havoc with the clubs, activities and services that are fundamental parts of community life. As part of the process of building back better, the Localities Initiative is an opportunity to ask questions about what we need in our communities to make them healthy, supportive, rich and varied places to live and work, both now and into the future.

Locality Networks

The Localities Initiative works across the 13 Locality Networks in Powys. These networks have been set up provide a forum for discussion about local needs and to promote collaboration in the development of services that meet those needs. The Localities Initiative seeks to reinforce the existing work of the Networks by involving participation from existing local health and wellbeing providers, community councils and the clubs and organisations that sit at the heart of the community.


The 13 Localities are:
  • Llanfyllin
  • Brecon
  • Welshpool & Montgomery
  • Newtown
  • Llanfair Caereinion
  • Builth & Llanwrtyd Wells
  • Llanidloes
  • Crickhowell
  • Llandrindod Wells & Rhayader
  • Machynlleth
  • Hay on Wye & Talgarth
  • Knighton & Presteigne
  • Ystradgynlais

Note: Though identified with the market towns in each locality, the Networks aim to encourage participation across both urban and rural communities.

Taking (Seizing) the Initiative:

The Localities Initiative seeks to marry up local ideas and priorities with a £260,000 injection of funds across the 13 Locality Network areas. This funding will enable communities to prioritise initial investment in projects that build local capacity, unlock future development potential and address barriers to participation. What that means in practice might be:

  •  business plans & feasibility studies,
  •  short pilots to test a concept,
  •  setting up new collaborative development structures / social enterprises to deliver local health and well-being services
  •  maximising the potential of digital technology within communities and community buildings
  •  establishing new volunteering opportunities
  •  developing plans and activities aimed at transition to a low carbon economy (community growing, woodlands, recycling, transport).

By matching home-grown ideas for meeting local needs to seed-corn funding, by investigating new approaches and by building capacity for future development - the Localities Initiative provides an excellent opportunity to kick-start the process of recovery and build community resilience to future challenges, wherever we live in Powys. 

How to get involved

Don't miss out. If your local community organisation, community council or business sector is not currently represented on a Locality Network - take the initiative and contact us today.

If you have an idea you'd like to put forward for your locality, you can send us the details by filling in this form:


The form is not a grant application; it simply seeks to collect information on project proposals across the 13 locality networks. All project proposals will be subject to further discussion and prioritisation for support within each locality network.


This project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund.

Get in touch

Contact Nick Venti

Where to find us

Llandrindod Wells Office

Unit 30
Ddole Road Industrial Estate
Llandrindod Wells

01597 822 191

Newtown Office

Plas Dolerw
Milford Road
SY16 2EH

01686 626 220

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