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.
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Final draft Wellbeing Plan out for consultation to have your say
Bridgend County Borough’s Public Services Board (PSB) brings together public, private and third sector organisations to improve the social, economic, environmental and cultural wellbeing of Bridgend. The PSB has been working to improve wellbeing and together with the public, the PSB want to create a place that everyone wants to live in now, and in the future.
The final draft Wellbeing Plan is currently out for consultation. In this survey you will see the things that the PSB will focus on over the next five years, including wellbeing objectives and the steps to be taken to achieve them.
Before the PSB developed this plan, they undertook a wellbeing assessment through talking to communities and looking at a wide range of information and data. This assessment has guided them in choosing these objectives.
Our wellbeing objectives are:
- Best start in life
- Support communities in Bridgend to be safe and cohesive
- Reduce social and economic inequalities
- Healthy choices in a healthy environment
The PSB is keen to get a broad range of feedback to the consultation that will help improve the plan and support delivery. They would very much appreciate your views now on whether you think these are the right things for us to focus on.
A full copy of the Wellbeing Plan, including information about the Bridgend Public Services Board (PSB), can be found here.
To find out more and complete the survey please follow this link.
In 2016, the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales published her Dementia: More Than Just Memory Loss report. One of the key areas of concern identified was the lack of flexible, enabling and personalised respite support.
This issue is now being explored further by the Commissioner through a piece of work called 'Rethinking Respite'. Whilst looking at the barriers to obtaining respite, the main focus will be thinking about respite differently, beyond traditional offerings such as residential care and day services.
There are various aspects to the project, including engagement opportunities in 2018 with people affected by dementia. The Association for Dementia Studies at the University of Worcester has been commissioned to carry out a literature review and an analysis of good practice.
The Commissioner wants to ensure that the 'Rethinking Respite' report includes good practice that provides meaningful respite/short break opportunities for people affected by dementia. The kind of examples that are being sought:
- might be a break of a few days, a few hours, or a way to enable people to experience even shorter moments of quality time;
- might be provided to the person living with dementia, to the person caring for them - or to both together;
- may or may not be ‘building based’;
- might take place in someone’s own home, somewhere local or be a holiday opportunity elsewhere;
- may or may not be part of a group;
- may have been delivered in or outside of Wales;
- might still be operating or might have run in the past.
Wherever or however it is delivered, the essential thing is that it delivers positive experiences and positive outcomes for people affected by dementia.
Please submit any good practice examples by 8 December 2017 via the online pro-forma here >>>
An electronic/postal version is also available, if preferred below:
Rethinking Respite English form >>>
Rethinking Respite Welsh form >>>
If you have any questions please contact either:
Dr Shirley Evans, Association for Dementia Studies, University of Worcester: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ruth Chamberlain, Health, Housing and Social Care Lead, Older People’s Commissioner for Wales:email@example.com T: 03442 640670.
Have your say on mandatory concessionary fares scheme in Wales
Welsh Government recently announced the launch of a public consultation about arrangements for mandatory concessionary fares in Wales: Maintaining free bus travel for older people, disabled people and some injured service veterans.
They are consulting on options to improve access to and use of free bus travel in Wales. These include:
- Welsh Government becoming the Travel Concession Authority;
- increasing the age of eligibility for older people to match the UK state retirement age;
- the issue of 'companion' passes for disabled people;
- extending the scheme to include volunteers.
Deadline for responses 12 January 2018.
Find out more details and how to respond here >>>
Statistics driving focus for Service on priority actions for the South Wales communities
South Wales Fire and Rescue Authority has published its Improvement Plan - “How did we do in 2016/17 and what we plan to do in 2018/19” which highlights the differences and changes – positive and negative – that have occurred as a result of the risk reduction and educational activities they carried out from April 2016 to March 2017.
South Wales Fire and Rescue Service continues to strive to improve services to its communities.
The Improvement Plan, including those sections under consultation, can be accessed on the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service website at www.southwales-fire.gov.uk or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
They would be grateful if you could answer a short list of questions and respond to them through this link
Have your say on Shaping Bridgend's Future
Following continued reductions in funding from central government all councils across the UK are having to change the way they work and the services they provide so that they can manage with less. Bridgend County Borough Council has reduced its budget by over £36 million over the past four years and is expecting to continue making reductions over the next four years, totalling a further £35 million on top.
Despite the financial challenges ahead, Bridgend County Borough Council is determined to deliver its vision of working together to improve lives across the county borough by focusing on the priorities you helped us set two years ago:
1. Supporting a successful economy;
2. Helping people to be more self-reliant;
3. Smarter use of resources.
The council would like to hear the views of local residents, organisations and communities on where the council should seek to realise the budget reductions that it has make.
This consultation period will begin on 12 October 2017 and close on 3 December 2017.
Find out how you can have your say 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
Young people of Bridgend and Taff Ely to create Urdd Gobaith Cymru’s message of Peace and Goodwill in 2018
The message has been published by the Young people of Wales and broadcast to all corners of the globe every year since 1922. The message aims to stimulate discussion and give Young people the opportunity to reflect on current affairs and their impact on the citizens of the world.
Following an initial workshop, a short survey has been drawn up to collect comments from young people across the nation. We ask kindly for your co-operation in sharing these links as wide as possible. Urdd Gobaith Cymru is keen to reach as many young Welsh people as possible, regardless of their ability to speak Welsh.
Download short survey here - Dwyieithog / Bi-lingual >>>
Download short survey here - Cymraeg >>>
For further information about the project, or details on how to involve some of your members, contact Jordan Morgan-Hughes, T: 01656 457 420 / 07976 00 33 55.
National Online Safety Action Plan – children and young people – they need your views!
Welsh Government is developing an Online Safety Action Plan for Children and Young People in Wales. They are inviting views of children and young people to feed into the development of the action plan.
The Online Safety: Make your space safe, make your voice heard activity pack has been designed to work with children and young people of all age groups. Depending on the age and size of the group, you may find it useful to pitch and frame it appropriately.
The final date for returning your pack is 20 October 2017 after which all responses will be submitted to Welsh Government.
The pack has been designed by the NSPCC as part of the National Assembly for Wales’ Cross Party Group for Children & Young People and the Cross Party Group on Preventing Child Sexual Abuse.
For more information, please see the activity pack here >>>
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 >>>
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/
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