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Community consultation for quality of life in Wales

McVicar, Mhairi ORCID:, Soleman, Mymuna and Nekeb, Shoruk 2023. Community consultation for quality of life in Wales. [Project Report]. Cardiff: Quality of Life Foundation. Available at:

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Community Voices Cardiff was part of a UK-wide research project, Community Consultation for Quality of Life (CCQOL) funded by the Arts and Humanities and Research Council. CCQOL was initiated by Professor Flora Samuel, based on the belief that creating maps of local assets - the places people value most in their communities - is a good way to involve local communities in co-creating local knowledge about their area. Applying the Quality of Life Foundation’s Framework themes of Control, Health, Nature, Wonder, Movement and Belonging in a Commonplace online mapping platform, a map-based approach aimed to test how creating local knowledge through community consultation can help inform longer-term decisions about future development and improvements in our communities. Taking a ‘hyper-local’ approach, Community Voices Cardiff operated from the Grange Pavilion in Cardiff’s Grangetown. This is one of Wales’ most ethnically and faith diverse communities. The Community Voices Cardiff team had a co-investigator with ten years of partnership working experience in the area, a Community Partnership manager resident in the area with substantial experience in activism, and a Student Ambassador resident in the area with a leadership role of a local Youth Forum. Their focus was on capacity-building and knowledge exchange between planning professionals and local residents. They did this through a Local Advisory Group. The team carried out various activities focusing on wellbeing, housing, greening, young voices, consultation language, and Place Plans. The team’s approach aimed to bridge the gap between statutory consultation and meaningful engagement, while addressing the challenges of mistrust and negative impacts on mental wellbeing for both planning professionals and residents when statutory requirements fall short. The research was characterised by capacity building, collaboration and ‘leaning into discomfort’ through engagement, with the need to be particularly alert to buzz words.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Publisher: Quality of Life Foundation
Funders: Arts and Humanities Research Council
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Date of First Compliant Deposit: 16 February 2024
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2024 10:52

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