4theRegion is a movement to co-create a happier, healthier South West Wales with a thriving economy that serves the well-being of people and the planet. We want to see our region leading the way making in new ways of living and working, and new ways of organising our society and our economy, more visible, more accessible and more relevant to all those who live here.
Since the Welsh Government became the first in the world to put protecting the well-being of future generations into law, in 2015; and since Wales joined the Wellbeing Economy Governments Organisation in 2019, it’s fair to say that Wales is part of a global movement to reshape our economies so that they work better for people and the planet.
We want to see our region fully embracing the principles of the Wellbeing Economy and the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act for Wales (2015), making sure the purpose of growing our economy is to serve the wellbeing of people and the planet, rather than an end in itself. What we have here in South West Wales is an amazing natural environment, a brilliant quality of life, caring communities… and the opportunity to make Wellbeing our unique selling point, our regional identity, and our shared purpose.
WELLBEING ECONOMY ALLIANCE
WEAll Cymru is a volunteer-led “network of networks”, working together to achieve the tipping point for deep and lasting change. The goal is to connect, collaborate and AMPLIFY the idea of a wellbeing economy, and exactly what it looks like, here in Wales.
4theRegion is a founding member of WEAll Cymru, and several of our members are also involved. It’s great to be part of a Wales-wide network of like minded organisations who want to see economic system change for Wales.
NATURE HAS RIGHTS TOO WITH JANE DAVIDSON #FUTUREGEN
Anyone who wants to see a greener, more prosperous, lower carbon, more equal and healthier future for Wales, and for the planet, owes a debt of gratitude to Jane Davidson, former Welsh Government Minister and erstwhile Pro VC of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, for her pioneering work to embed sustainable development and one-planet principles at the heart of decision making in Wales.
In her new book, ‘#FutureGen, Lessons from a Small Country’, Jane Davidson recounts Wales’ journey towards the creation of the The Wellbeing of Future Generations Act of 2015, which was the first piece of legislation anywhere in the world to enshrine the rights of nature and future generations in law. It’s the story of how “one small nation responded to global climate issues by radically rethinking public policy for future generations”.
PODCAST | Nature Has Rights Too with Jane Davidson #FutureGen
WELLBEING AT WORK
Taking care of our physical and mental wellbeing is even more important than ever. In this episode, we’re having an interesting conversation about how organisations across South West Wales have managed the challenges of maintaining staff health and wellbeing during the pandemic, whether working at home or in the office, shop, or teaching environment. We discuss different structures put in place to help employees get the support they may need, whether it be signposting to an external service or company support.
PODCAST | Wellbeing at Work
COHESIVE COMMUNITIES WITH IWAN THOMAS
Pembrokeshire-based PLANED is one of the organisations committed to making a difference across our region, by improving the quality of life of communities through focusing on their opportunities, potential and helping them to achieve their aspirations. We spoke to the CEO of PLANED, Iwan Thomas, about the communities they work with, projects they are running and what he sees as the priorities for Pembrokeshire and the wider region as we emerge from lockdown.
PODCAST | Cohesive Communities with Iwan Thomas
RACE EQUALITY & SOCIAL JUSTICE CONFERENCE
The Wales Race Equality & Social Justice Conference, #EveryoneMatters, was organised in partnership with the Race Council, and brought together people and organisations from across the region who share a commitment to equality and diversity. We want to ensure South West Wales is a welcoming and safe region where everyone has the opportunity to thrive and progress fulfilling careers. We also want to help white people talk about and tackle issues of racial discrimination in the region’s businesses and organisations.
Race Equality & Social Justice Conference | Event Report
WALES RACE EQUALITY CONFERENCE 2018
In 2018. 4theRegion was proud to co-host the Wales Race Equality Conference in Swansea in partnership with Race Council Cymru. 2018 marked fifty years since the Race Relations Act of 1968 came into force. This event provided the Swansea community an opportunity to look at, and assess, just how far the country has come, and how much further it must go.
Wales Race Equality Conference 2018 | Event Report
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Rebuilding Swansea: The transformation of our cities, how they will look in a post-pandemic future and who they will serve
The pandemic is going to fundamentally change how our cities look, who lives in them and even what purpose they serve. Many of the big names on our high streets, such as Debenhams and Topshop, will not return. Our cities will soon become residential hubs where the...
Gower College Swansea has been named as an example of good practice in a prominent report on the future of colleges in Wales. The College of the Future for Wales calls for a radical shift in the role of colleges in the future vision of education and training in Wales....
Grwp Resilience has in February: Expanded its affiliate members to over 60. Secured £17,000 grant to pass on to 3 organisations contributing to the Repair Network Pembrokeshire. It will buy: A generous shed on an allotment site for repair cafes, tool sharing, talks to...
People in South West Wales with great ideas to improve their local communities are invited to apply for grants from a new fund designed to help them make those ideas a reality. The new Community Changemakers Fund will directly support local people and organisations...
The climate crisis, social inequalities and health issues have created an urgent need to reduce journeys by car. Key stakeholders in transport in South West Wales recently came together for a roundtable discussion on the topic. Here’s what they had to say. To listen...
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