Almost every area of the Vale of Glamorgan has its own community council, this is the tier of local government that solely serves the local community. For Barry this is Barry Town Council.
The Council is made of 22 councillors elected by people in Barry, employing 24 staff in a range of roles to deliver its functions and services, focusing on the very local level.
Every day we will go further to make a difference to the lives of people in Barry. We will treat colleagues, partners, customers and residents with the respect they deserve and believe only our best is good enough.
We are proud of the role we play in making Barry a success. We will accept the responsibility invested in us and rise to meet the challenges we need to overcome.
We will celebrate all things Barry and strive to make our streets, communities and town even greater places to live, work and visit
We want to make Barry a thriving town where people want to live, work and learn. We promote local businesses and independent shops through our Shop Local campaign, trying to keep money circulating in the Barry economy. We also help schools by providing books for schools which are not part of the curriculum. We make sure our staff and councillors receive training to fulfil their roles and we have appointed a number of trainee posts to build the skills of local people.
This is all about enhancing the environment in Barry. We want people to not only be able to access the outdoors, but to manage waste effectively and help support nature. We have planted wildflowers and introduced bees at the Cemetery to increase biodiversity. We have created more useable green space in the town and encourage litter picking and recycling by loaning equipment. We want to support keeping Barry tidy, for people who live here, work here and visit here.
We are a Dementia Friendly organisation and recognise the importance of promoting physical and mental health and wellbeing. We commit to work in partnership with those delivering local services to help to promote these important messages. We want to reduce the isolation and loneliness of people in Barry through our community events, mayoral visits, coffee mornings and charity activities. We care about the wellbeing of all people in Barry and how we can help to promote this. We are working towards White Ribbon status and champion ending violence against women.
We think that our town is and should be inclusive. We already engage with a diverse range of people from a number of backgrounds and community groups, but we need to do more to ensure that we listen to all views from all communities. We want to ensure that young people in Barry have equality of opportunity, so we are setting up a new Barry Youth Council to listen to young people’s views. We ensure that all our staff and councillors can access Equality and Diversity training to make sure we can be as inclusive as possible.
Often, people in Barry say it is the people that are the glue that holds our communities together; the different faces and personalities of Barry which help to give it an identity of a warm and connected community. There are areas of Barry which need more networks and connections and we want to help to engage all people across the town. We also want to safeguard and enhance community facilities to ensure that people can access the services and facilities they need in the town.
We have a rich history and culture in Barry and we want to protect this and tell others about our heritage. We are partners to the Barry: Making Waves project with the local authority to try and create a stronger sense of place and capture our heritage and story. We want to enhance community participation in the arts, culture and history of the town and we are looking to explore a museum for Barry in the future. We promote the Welsh Language and have offered taster Welsh lessons for all our staff and councillors.
It may seem hard to believe, but we know that what we do in Barry will have an impact somewhere else in the world and we want to make sure we contribute to global wellbeing. We want to try and buy from local supply chains where possible and practical and to look at our contract management to ensure value for money. We also work with local people, businesses and community groups to enhance social wellbeing and help people to feel included as part of the town and to recognise the town’s place and impact in the wider world. We manage and promote the town’s Fairtrade status and our plastic free campaign and shop local campaign also helps to consider sustainability.