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Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) regularly responds to consultations on topics that will affect our members and the wider third sector.
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BAVO wants to hear your views about children and young people's mental health and wellbeing services in Bridgend County Borough
Between the 11 June and 17 August 2018, BAVO will be undertaking a consultation into children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing services in Bridgend County Borough.
We hope as many people as possible will share their experience with us and contribute to shaping future services for 0 to 18 years and would very much appreciate your contribution.
The survey is being coordinated by our BAVO Mental Health Development Officer and will be undertaken in conjunction with similar studies in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot.
The results of the survey will be important in informing how Bridgend’s third sector plans and delivers mental health and wellbeing services for children and young people but will also prove valuable to Bridgend County Borough Council, ABMU Health Board and Primary Care Clusters.
There are two surveys available – one which is aimed at children, young people, parents and carers, and one for staff and organisations providing services in our area.
Both surveys close for responses at 5pm, 17 August 2018.
For children, young people, parents and carers:
If you are a child or young person who in the past two years have thought about, tried to get or had support for your mental health or emotional wellbeing, then we would very much like to hear what your experience was. If you are a parent or carer who has supported a young person with their mental health we would love to hear from you also.
This could have been e.g. going to see your Doctor, someone in your school/college, a Swansea Council service, a project provided by a local charity or community group, CAMHS (Child Adolescent Mental Health Service), outpatients and or hospital service.
There are several ways people can have a voice:
Complete the Online Survey by clicking here >>>
You can also collect a hardcopy from BAVO's main office - 112-113 Commercial Street, Maesteg CF34 9DL.
In person - If you’d like to see someone to complete the survey, please contact Stuart Burge-Jones at BAVO, T: 01656 810400 or E: email@example.com
Or if you attend a group that someone could attend to speak with participants about their experiences, please contact Stuart to arrange.
For staff and organisations:
Staff and organisations providing services in Bridgend County Borough, can support this consultation by giving their views in a separate survey here >>>
(NB - If you have both professional and personal experience of mental health/well-being services then we would welcome you completing both surveys.)
We are also looking for organisations to support the survey by becoming ‘Listeners’ - If you could offer a few hours of your time to listen to children, young people, parents and carers to help record their experiences, please get in touch with Stuart Burge-Jones at BAVO (details below) to arrange.
Again you can also collect a hard copy from our BAVO offices in Maesteg.
We’d be grateful if you could share this information with your colleagues and networks.
Closing date responses: 5pm, 17 August 2018.
For further information, please contact Stuart Burge-Jones at BAVO, T: 01656 810400 or E: firstname.lastname@example.org
What do you think about the Welsh Baccalaureate qualification?
The National Assembly for Wales is currently looking at looking into the benefits and disadvantages of the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification (Welsh Bacc) and they want to hear from those of you who had the option to study the Welsh Bacc from 2015 onwards.
As part of this inquiry, the Children, Young People and Education Committee would like to hear from students and parents/guardians through completing a survey.
Students - they would like to know how you feel about studying the Welsh Bacc and whether you think it will be beneficial to your education, employment and life.
Parents/guardians - they would also like to hear about your views of the qualification and its benefits/disadvantages for your child.
Download English language survey here >>>
Download Welsh language survey here >>>
The survey will close 20 September 2018.
Survey responses will be entirely confidential and those contributing will be anonymised.
Measuring the Mountain collecting stories from anyone with recent experience of social care in Wales
A Pan Wales project, being delivered by Interlink Rhondda Cynon Taf, 'Measuring the Mountain' want to collect stories from anyone who has recent experience (within the last 12 months) of social care in Wales - this could mean receiving care and support or being a carer.
These stories will build a picture of how social care feels for the individuals involved in it so they can understand the impact of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014.
They want to work with:
- Organisations that support people involved with social care;
- Listeners who can help others to share their story;
- People who have stories they want to share.
Read more here >>>
The process of sharing a story can be done online here >>>
Welsh Government want your views on proposals to amend the free school meal eligibility criteria
Eligibility for free school meals
Following the introduction of Universal Credit, Welsh Government need to revise eligibility criteria for free school meals in Wales and are consulting on their proposals.
Welsh Government is proposing to introduce an earned income threshold of £7,400 for Universal Credit claimants who want to claim free school meals for their children. They are also proposing transitional protection for families affected by the change.
Read more and find out how to have your say here >>>
Submit your comments by 14 September 2018.
Have your say on Third Sector Support Wales’ support for the sector on influencing, volunteering, governance and more
Third Sector Support Wales (TSWW) is a network of support organisations for the third sector in Wales, comprising County Voluntary Councils and Wales Council for Voluntary Action. Their shared goal is to enable third sector and volunteers across Wales to contribute fully to individual and community wellbeing, now and for the future.
To help Third Sector Support Wales with this goal, they would appreciate it if you could complete this short survey.
It asks a number of questions about how TSSW organisations have assisted your organisation in areas such as governance, funding, volunteering and influencing.
The survey should only take around five minutes to complete and will help TSSW plan for the future and improve how it works with and supports third sector organisations across Wales.
The future of transport and the voluntary sector in Wales - trouble ahead!
The Community Transport Association has been running a campaign since the Department for Transport issued their letter which contained information about a change in their guidance and a proposed consultation.
Whether you’re a member of the public, someone who works or volunteers for a not-for-profit community transport provider or users of those services, potential changes to how transport legislation applies could have a huge impact on you and your community.
Transport is a lifeline for people of all ages. Being able to get out and about is vital to experiencing the world around us. Unfortunately, private cars and public transport are often not options for those who can’t afford them, have no local bus services, live rurally, or can’t use conventional public transport due to needing extra assistance or support.
Thousands of charities and third sector organisations across the UK currently run not-for-profit transport on a daily basis that exists to make sure everyone can get out and about, no matter what their circumstances or needs.
Why are these services under threat?
Currently, these organisations are able to use what’s called section 19 or section 22 permits rather than having to apply for a commercial operator’s licence, because they’re not making a profit from their transport services, and they can use training such as the Minibus Drivers’ Awareness Scheme (MiDAS) to ensure their transport services are safe and legal.
Now, following a challenge from a small group of commercial bus operators, the Department for Transport has proposed changes to the way that these not-for-profit transport operators should run their services.
The Department for Transport's proposed guidance will mean that an estimated:
- 28% of all organisations running not-for-profit community transport will need a commercial operator’s licence to continue running their services;
- 84% of all organisations running not-for-profit transport will have to ensure their staff and volunteers obtain a commercial minibus driving qualification if they want to continue to drive their vehicles;
- 95% of all organisations running not-for-profit transport will be affected by these changes and required to spend large amounts of money to become compliant.
This means that this will affect traditional community transport providers as well as not-for-profit organisations that provide transport services such as churches, schools, youth groups, and charities such as the Scouts, Age UK, Mind or Scope.
What can you do?
In February, the Department for Transport launched a consultation on their guidance. As part of this, the Community Transport Association is asking them to reconsider their proposed changes and they want you to either:
For further details and to find out how to respond to the Department for Transport's consultation, read more here >>>
Have you experienced sexual harassment?
Tackling violence against women and girls and protecting the most vulnerable in our communities are key priorities for South Wales Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner.
In light of recent high profile cases which have been reported in the media, they would like to ask some questions about your experience of sexual harassment.
This will only take around five minutes to complete.
Complete English language survey here >>>
Complete Welsh language survey here >>>
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.
Do you know someone who may be interested in joining the Citizens’ Panel? Bridgend County Borough Council has made it easier for residents to take part in their surveys. Sign up forms are available at all libraries and responding online is even more user friendly.To find out more or if you have any questions, suggestions or concerns about this service, please get in touch with the Communications, Marketing and Engagement team on 01656 643664 or email email@example.com