WCVA's new-look consultations page, updated each week to help you have your say
Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) regularly responds to consultations on topics that will affect our members and the wider third sector.
View WCVA's consultation page >>>
What’s stopping you from being an Assembly Member?
Ensuring that people from a variety of backgrounds, with different experiences, and from all parts of society, are represented is important to democracy. The Wales Governance Centre is seeking participants for a new project that looks at the barriers facing people when making the decision to stand for election to the National Assembly for Wales – whether they eventually stand or not. The centre wants to discover what influences encourage or deter people when making that decision.
As well as people with prior experience of politics, the centre is keen to engage with people that have not undertaken a political role yet, for whatever reason.
There are several opportunities to participate - read more here >>>
Want to help shape your community? Have your say at Talk Valleys' public meeting
Have you heard about the plan for the valleys ‘Our Valleys, Our Future’? Have your say at Talk Valleys' public meeting at Maesteg Town Hall on Thursday 7 September 2017 at 6pm and say what you think!
Read more here >>>
Say what is happening in your area and how the plan can work for you.
The valleys taskforce – Ministers working with expert advisors – want to listen to you and your views.
This event is your chance to voice your views about your life and the area you live with members of the taskforce.
Register your attendance here >>>
Read 'Our Valleys, Our Future' here >>>
There will be audio recording and photos will be taken at the session.
If you would like to voice your view or ask a question please send your comments to email@example.com
One month to go to have say on services fit for future!
The Welsh Government’s White Paper consultation, Services Fit for the Future, closes in one month (29 September).
Welsh Government want your views on proposals covering a number of health and social care issues which may require future legislation.
Areas under consideration include:
- Ensuring a strong group of leaders run the NHS in Wales;
- Ensuring all health and care services have the same rules about being open and honest;
- Introducing a set of key standards across health and social care;
- Establishing a ‘citizen voice’ group across Health and Social services to help more people have a say in how services are planned and run;
- Improving the legal framework for the inspection and regulation of health services.
Take part in survey here >>>
Missing Voices? You and politics
Electoral Reform Society Cymru's Missing Voices project aims to have an honest conversation about voting and how people across Wales feel about politics. It will also examine the recent increase in political engagement and ask how they can sustain that.
While the project want to talk to as many people as possible in the country, they we will be specifically looking to engage with people who don’t vote (or vote sporadically) and hearing their stories. Hopefully they can report back to people in October. Say what politics means to you by taking part in survey on non-voters below:
Missing Voices English survey >>>
Missing Voices Welsh language survey >>>
The purpose of this survey is to inform the work of the Electoral Reform Society with your views and opinions. It should take no more than five minutes to complete and all your responses will be anonymous. The Electoral Reform Society reserves the right to use and publish the anonymous data and will keep it for five years in accordance with the Data Protection Act, after which it will be destroyed. Your participation in this survey is voluntary and you are free to withdraw at any time. They will NOT share these details with a third party, and the information will be used for research purposes only.
For further details visit www.electoral-reform.org.uk/ers-cymru
Twitter: @ERS_Cymru Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/erswales/
WCVA webinar - Taking Forward Wales’ Sustainable Management of Natural Resources 25 August
Join Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) on Friday 25 August at 2pm to learn how you can contribute to the 'Taking Forward Wales' Sustainable Management of Natural Resources' Welsh Government Consultation.
Welsh Government is seeking views on a number of proposals to further deliver WCVA's commitment to manage their natural resources more sustainably and to deliver lasting economic, social, cultural and environmental benefits for Wales.
Read more and book your place here >>>
Share your views on the delivery of Bridgend Reach Rural Development Programme
Reach has commissioned an evaluation of the Bridgend Local Development Strategy and the activities being supported by Thriving Rural Communities, to see what progress is being made in relation to the objectives, outputs and impacts that the Local Development Strategy wants to achieve.
Reach has commissioned Ash Futures to carry out this evaluation on their behalf. They would like to gather views from as many people as possible who are involved in working with Reach and the Thriving Rural Communities programme or who are simply aware of the programme.
You are invited to complete this short questionnaire, which should take no more than 10 minutes. Please complete your survey response by Friday 21 July 2017.
They will only report anonymised and aggregated information.
Take part in survey here >>>
If you have any questions, please contact Jo Talbot, one of the Ash Futures team, T: 07725 833229.
The Mental Capacity Act and powers of attorney - say what you know
The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) protects people in England and Wales who may not have the mental capacity to make certain decisions for themselves, such as about their health and finance.
OPG is an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice.
Following the House of Lords scrutiny committee recommendations, OPG want to assess levels of understanding about lasting powers of attorney, and other legal documents, among professional groups within the adult safeguarding landscape.
You can help the Office of the Public Guardian by completing this five -10 minute survey here >>>
All the information you provide is kept confidential and will be used only for the purposes of this research. This survey is available in Welsh. You will need to select Welsh Language when you access the online survey.
Closing date for this survey is Friday 21 July 2017.
Have your say on public consultation of council’s draft Active Travel Integrated Network Maps
As part of our statutory duty under the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013, the Bridgend County Borough Council Council has started a 12-week public consultation on the council’s draft Active Travel Integrated Network Maps.
The maps set out a 15-year vision for an active travel network that will enable local residents to rely less on their cars for short everyday journeys, such as travelling to work or school, and to access shops or services.
Click here to see Bridgend County Borough Council’s consultation page which includes links to the draft maps and the accompanying survey.
Active Travel means walking and cycling (including electric wheelchairs and mobility scooters) for everyday short-distance journeys, such as journeys to school, work, or for access to shops, services and bus/rail stations. Active travel does not include journeys made purely for recreation or social reasons.
Further information regarding the Integrated Network Maps is also available via the council’s Active Travel page, which also includes details of the existing active travel routes in the County Borough:
The council is keen to hear your views on the proposals shown on our draft Integrated Network Maps, and all consultation responses must be received no later than 1 September 2017.
Local Mental Health Services - Your chance to influence the future
Have you used, thought about using or attempted to use any Mental Health services in the past two years. This includes going to see your GP for help with your mental health or using services provided by a local charity e.g.Mind, Hafal, Mental Health Matters or others.
ABMU Health Board and local authorities in Bridgend, Swansea and Neath Port Talbot would like to know your experience of Mental Health Services and invite you to tell them what it is/was like. To help them to do this they are holding “So Tell Us What You Think” events in June and July, across the Bridgend, Neath Port Talbot and Swansea areas.
Your family, friends and carers can also be involved and have their say through separate sessions at the same venues on what their experiences have been.
These will be held at community venues near you.
- Share your thoughts and experiences on our existing services;
- Suggest how you would like your Mental Health Services to improve.
Your views are very important. If you haven’t already booked your place at an event please visit: www.MentalHealthengagement.eventbrite.co.uk
For further information or to request support to attend an event contact: E: ABM.C4B@wales.nhs.uk or by voicemail: T: 01639 862435.
Short survey and/or consent to a short interview in area of charity governance costs
Participants are needed to complete a short survey and/or consent to a short interview in the area of charity governance costs.
If you are involved with any charity in England and Wales (or know someone who is), no matter how big or small, your views are needed.
Christine Hellings is undertaking research under the supervision of Professor Lisa Jack at the University of Portsmouth and she has received ethical approval for her research Ref E400.
She neither need your/their name nor any identifying details; the questionnaire can be completed anonymously and all reasonable steps will be taken to ensure confidentiality.
The questionnaire can be found here >>>
For further information, E: firstname.lastname@example.org or T: 01633 4 32966
Age Alliance Wales - React to the Act: older people have your say
Age Alliance Wales want to hear about the experiences of older people and their families and carers who have accessed care and support services following the introduction of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act in April 2016.
The introduction of the Act saw changes in care and support in Wales and Age Alliance Wales want to hear more about how these changes have affected you or your family/carers.
The changes in the Act mean that when accessing support services you should have been asked what matters to you and have had a strong voice in deciding what you need to achieve well-being. Assessments should have looked at what you could do your-self; what you could do with the help of friends, family or the community and arranged support for what you couldn’t do. You should have found it easy to access information and advice and been offered support or someone to speak on your behalf if needed. There should also be more services available for help when needed so problems don’t get worse.
If you are aged 50 or over, or a family member or carer of some aged 50 or over and would like to share your experience, Age Alliance Wales invites you to complete a short survey. You can click on the link below to access the survey online.
React to the Act
Or you can visit www.agealliancewales.org.uk to download the survey and return by email or post.
Chance to have your say on commissioning and procurement
WCVA have produced a very short survey on commissioning and procurement which asks you three questions to look at where is it working, and where isn't it?
To take part, please click on the highlighted writing above, the survey should take no longer than five minutes to complete.
What is the Well-being of Future Generations Act?
The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act was implemented in April 2016 to enable public bodies and invited partners throughout Wales to work together to improve the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales.
The Act ensures that public bodies think more about what can be achieved in the long-term, working better with people and communities to create a Wales that we all want to live in, both now and in the future.
The Act features seven wellbeing goals for Wales.
• A globally responsible Wales;
• A prosperous Wales;
• A resilient Wales;
• A healthier Wales;
• A Wales of vibrant culture and thriving Welsh language;
• A Wales of cohesive communities;
• A more equal Wales.
To support the Act, Public Service Boards have been developed in each of the counties in Wales, replacing previous Local Service Boards. Since 1 May 2016, the main focus in Bridgend County Borough for the newly formed Public Service Board has been to look at the assessment of wellbeing. By April 2018 a number of priorities will be identified which the Public Service Board in Bridgend will agree to achieve in meeting the seven national wellbeing goals.
For further information on the Public Service Board in Bridgend County Borough click here >>>
Get involved and have a say
Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA), has a short online questionnaire which will assist the Future Generations Commissioner to understand the relationship between the third sector and the Public Services Boards. Contribute to this short questionnaire here >>>
What are the priority areas?
Future Generations Commissioner Sophie Howe is currently setting up the priority areas where she will focus her support and challenge public bodies – and she needs your help.
All public bodies and a wide range of stakeholders have been asked to take part in a short survey as part of an on-going conversation about the biggest risks and opportunities facing Wales in the future and how best to tackle them. Be part of this conversation by clicking here and scroll down to ‘take the survey’.
For further information on the Wales we want, visit www.thewaleswewant.co.uk
Is there a demand for a Bridgend Craft Network?
Bridgend REACH Craft in Bridgend survey of craft workers, hobbyists and people interested in developing craft skills.
This survey by Cotyledon and a steering group led by Bridgend REACH is intended to form part of a development plan for the craft sector in rural Bridgend. They are interested in hearing from people producing skilled or informal craft to find out if there is a demand for a Bridgend Craft Network or if people are already connected in some way.
Bridgend Reach is also trying to find out the extent to which craft in Bridgend plays a role or could play a role to connect people, reduce isolation or improve wellbeing.
Download survey here >>>
They would be pleased to hear your views and happy to answer any questions on the survey, the craft sector in Bridgend or work of the Rural Development Team in Bridgend County Borough. This survey should take no more than five minutes to complete and all responses will be treated in confidence. This project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.
For further information contact Sue Evans, T: 01656 815087 or Jan Walsh, T: 07737 630657.
Have your say on council services
Bridgend County Borough Council is inviting local people to have their say on the services it provides. Members are being recruited for the council’s Citizens’ Panel, which helps it to understand local people’s opinions about the services it provides for residents and businesses, and to review and improve its work in these areas >>
Find out how you can have your say about issues affecting you in Bridgend County Borough
Find out how you can give your views on issues about living and working in Bridgend County Borough, by responding to current consultations or attending meetings and events by visiting the new askbridgend website.
askbridgend includes information about how citizens of Bridgend County Borough can have their say on issues that are important to them as well as a range of advice and guidance. Visit www.askbridgend.com >>