From Despair to Hope

A book chapter on the history and success of the community company in Townhill, Swansea: the Hill Community Development Trust Ltd. 

In 2020, I was asked to write a chapter in a book edited by Professor Nick Campion, about the challenges of trying to regenerate the Townhill area of Swansea. Click on the link here - From Despair to Hope - to read about the kinds of issues which were prevalent on 'the Hill' and how people had voted with their feet due to crime levels and the fear of crime. There were high-level reports of complete chaos, no control and family life having broken down. In the attempt to turn things around the Council applied to be part of an innovative European programme which aimed to take a bottom-up approach to tackle these issues, rather than the more usual top-down approach which had completely failed.