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NEW COMMUNITIES FIRST OFFICES

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A new office for the communities first programme will be officially opened by social justice and regeneration mini...
A new office for the communities first programme will be officially opened by social justice and regeneration minister Edwina Hart in Monkton, Pembrokeshire, tomorrow.

The communities first team has been working hard to decorate and furnish the office. It includes a meeting room for local residents that doubles up as a training centre.

Communities first is the Assembly Government's flagship programme to help improve the lives of people who live and work in the poorest areas in Wales.

Mrs Hart said: 'It is vitally important that offices such as this are situated in the heart of the community, making them accessible to all who live in the area.'

'Steady progress has been made in Monkton and I am encouraged to hear that communities first staff members are working with other partner organisations to boost funding for local projects. I am also pleased to note that staff in Monkton hope to increase support from business, following the success in recruiting Texaco Chevron.'

The partnership is engaging with the young people of the area and a representative from the Young People's Forum will be attending the next communities first meeting.

The minister added: 'Young people must have a voice and be able to express themselves within the community and I am sure you will agree that we can all learn from their ideas and experiences. Just as important however is the inclusion of older people, after all, communities first is all-inclusive and for all members of the community.'

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Communities first ensures that funding and support available from the Welsh Assembly Government and other publicly funded organisations is targeted at Wales' poorest areas.

More details are available on our website: http:www.wales.gov.uk/themessocialdeprivation/content/comfirsthome_e.htm

Since the launch of the scheme in 2000, the Assembly Government has helped tackle poverty and improve facilities with£98.4m of Communities First assistance.

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