About us

Our Welsh Government funded Bridgend Communities First Programme aims to reduce poverty by improving education and skills, health and employment opportunities.

The programme was originally launched in 2001. It was founded on the principle that poverty and disadvantage are created by a complex number of factors including poor educational achievement, poor housing and environments, substance misuse, local job markets and stigma and perceptions about people and places.

Following a review in April 2012, Bridgend Communities First has become a community focused programme that supports the Welsh Government’s Tackling Poverty agenda.

Building on the achievements of Communities First since its launch in 2001, our current programme supports people in our most deprived areas with the aim of contributing to alleviating persistent poverty.

The three Communities First cluster areas in Bridgend County Borough cover postcodes in:

Upper Cluster
(Maesteg, Caerau)

Mid Cluster
(Betws, Sarn, Blackmill, Ynysawdre, Bryncoch, Llangeinor, Evanstown)

Lower Cluster
(Cornelly, Pyle, Brackla, Morfa, Newcastle, Oldcastle, Wildmill, Bryntirion, Laleston, Merthyr Mawr)

Search postcodes in each cluster area ˃˃˃

Bridgend Communities First Delivery Teams funded by Welsh Government and managed by Bridgend County Borough Council, work with residents, community organisations, business and other key agencies, focussing on actions leading to the long term sustainability and wellbeing of communities.

The Communities First programme aims to contribute, alongside other programmes, to narrowing the education, skills, economic and health gaps between our most deprived and more affluent areas through three specific areas:

Prosperous Communities ˃˃˃

Learning Communities ˃˃˃

Healthier Communities ˃˃˃

Bridgend Communities First focusses on the important issues jobs, skills, health and education. This is achieved by working in partnership with other funded programmes, projects and organisations within Bridgend County Borough  to enhance provision and focus on people most in need.

Take a look at our film showing some of Bridgend Communities First’s achievements >>>

Download Bridgend Communities First’s general information leaflet (English language version) >>>