The climate of participation has changed considerably since the inception of Participation Cymru in 2001. The Welsh Government in particular has embraced the principles of citizen engagement and participation. This has been mirrored in the many voluntary and community sector organisations in Wales who see user and community participation as crucial to the development of both their organisations and the services they provide.

This change in thinking is also reflected in the changing priorities of a variety of organisations and institutions such as the Welsh Assembly Government, Local Government, Assembly Government Sponsored Bodies and the Health Service. Action plans, policies, reviews, research and programmes such as

These demonstrate the imperative for all to engage with citizen and community participation.

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