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Oxfam's Projects in Wales

Oxfam Cymru works with local partner organisations all over Wales to help tackle poverty, disadvantage and social exclusion.

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An overview of the projects

We're about to start exciting new projects in Wales. Keep an eye out for more information here soon.

Building Livelihoods and Strengthening Communities

The Building Livelihoods and Strengthening Communities in Wales project was funded by the Big Lottery, Unilever and Oxfam, and was coordinated and facilitated by nine local partner organisations in communities across Wales (listed below) between 2012 and 2016.

The project changed the lives of over 1,100 people across Wales, and also demonstrated an impressive return-on-investment of £4 for every £1 spent. This project offered people one-to-one support to take stock of their lives and access the help they need to make positive changes for themselves. Project workers, owing to the flexibility of the approach, were able to offer the very support needed to turn people's lives around, including work equipment, mobile phone credit and even paternity testing.

The project used the Sustainable Livelihoods Approach (the SLA) - first used in Oxfam projects in Africa - that moves away from a one-size-fits-all model to a tailored, individualised assets-based approach to tackling poverty. To find out more about the SLA you can watch this short film or visit our resources section.

To find out more about the Building Livelihoods and Strengthening Communities In Wales project, contact Oxfam Cymru on 0300 200 1269.

The Sustainable Livelihoods Approach

Building Livelihoods Project Locations

Where we work

The Building Livelihoods and Strengthening Communities in Wales Project took place in the following nine locations across Wales between 2012 and 2016:

In Glyncoch near Pontypridd we worked with parents of children at two local schools. Our partner is Glyncoch Community Regeneration Ltd.

In Peblig near Caernarfon, our partners were Sylfaen. This project worked with young unemployed people on a large housing estate. 

Homeless or vulnerably housed people were offered support by our project with The Wallich in Ebbw Vale. The Wallich also addresses drug and alcohol dependency issues. 

In Cardiff, we supported young refugees and asylum seekers in partnership with the Prince's Trust and Oasis

We also worked with South Riverside Community Development Centre in Cardiff to help black and minority ethnic (BME) women and men boost their employability and quality of life. 

In Swansea, we worked with BME people to improve their skills and employability. We work with the African Community Centre

In Banwen in the Upper Dulais Valley we worked with Dove Workshop to boost the life chances of long-term unemployed people. 

In Newport, families with children in school were supported by our partnership with Duffryn Community Link

In Rhyl, our project was aimed at older people in the town, many of whom live in bedsits and find work hard to come by. Our partner here is Denbighshire Voluntary Services Council.

In Wrexham we worked with the Caia Park Partnership to support vulnerable and hard-to- reach residents on a housing estate to improve their lives.

Sanctuary in Wales

The Sanctuary in Wales Project delivered opportunities for women seeking sanctuary (asylum-seekers and refugees) in Wales between 2012 and 2015. Oxfam Cymru coordinated the three-year project in the four asylum dispersal areas of Wales, working in partnership with Oasis Cardiff in Cardiff, African Community Centre in Swansea, Displaced People in Action and Bethel Community Church in Newport and BAWSO in Wrexham. Across all areas, Oxfam worked with Business in the Community, who sourced and matched voluntary opportunities for women. The project partners in turn worked with a range of supporting organizations, employers and service providers in each of the four areas. The Sanctuary in Wales Project was funded by Big Lottery.

Read the project's Final Executive