WCVA's 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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Have your say on BAVO's performance across a range of areas such as volunteering, funding, training and networks/forums and partnership representation (influencing)
BAVO is a member of the Third Sector Support Wales (TSSW), a network of support organisations for the third sector in Wales, comprising County Voluntary Councils including BAVO and Wales Council for Voluntary Action. Our shared goal is to enable third sector and volunteers across Wales to contribute fully to individual and community wellbeing, now and for the future.
This anonymized survey allows you to give your views of BAVO’s performance across a range of areas such as volunteering, funding, training and networks/forums and partnership representation (influencing).
By filling this in, we will receive feedback on how we ‘measure’ up against other providers, what our impact is and how we need to improve. We would appreciate if you could complete this short survey here >>>
If you could spare just five minutes to answer each question, we would be very grateful.
BAVO wants to hear your views about children and young people's mental health and wellbeing services in Bridgend County Borough
BAVO is 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, 31 October 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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, 31 October 2018.
For further information, please contact Stuart Burge-Jones at BAVO, T: 01656 810400 or E: email@example.com
Shaping Bridgend’s Future budget consultation is now live!
Over the past four years Bridgend County Borough Council has reduced its budget by more than £30 million. Some of the ways this was achieved was by streamlining the senior management structure and reducing staff numbers by over 400, through innovative partnership working with the likes of Awen Cultural Trust, and reducing service provision in some areas such as public conveniences and street cleaning.
However, despite the changes made so far, the council still has to make a further £35 million saving by 2023. Some of the proposals being considered include increasing council tax, reducing some services such as day centres and leisure facilities and in some instances removing services such as youth clubs and Bridgend Bus Station.
They also have some proposals around generating income such as charging more for the use of sports pitches and services such as garden waste collections.
By participating in the budget consultation you can have your say on which services are important to you. Have your say here: www.bridgend.gov.uk/future
This consultation will begin on 24 September and close on 18 November 2018.
Have your say on proposed amendments to regulations under Part 9 of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014
On 1 April 2019, healthcare services in the Bridgend County Borough Council area will transfer to Cwm Taf University Health Board from Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, moving the health board boundary accordingly. This requires WElsh Government to amend the Partnership Arrangements (Wales) Regulations 2015 in relation to the membership of both the Western Bay and Cwm Taf regional partnership boards.
This boundary change has already been consulted on and agreed. Welsh Government is not therefore seeking views on this aspect of the amendment regulations.
This does however also provide an opportunity to revise other aspects of the Partnership Regulations, specifically to:
- clarify requirements for regional partnership boards to establish pooled funds in relation to care homes;
- require housing representation on regional partnership boards;
- require regional partnership boards to produce regional commissioning strategies;
- clarify the date when regional partnership boards must produce annual reports.
The consultation seeks your views on these proposed changes which can be found by clicking here >>>
The deadline for esponses is 26 October 2018.
Welsh Government consultation on Adult Learning in Wales
Welsh Government is consulting on proposals to restructure the delivery and funding of community-based adult learning in Wales.
The consultation focuses on two main elements:
- Delivery - how community-based adult learning is currently delivered and whether there are different ways that we could do this.
- Funding - how we currently allocate the £4.3m within the Community Learning Grant; and whether there are different options for simplifying the system and making providers more accountable for their provision.
The aim of the consultation is to establish an improved system of allocating the funding fairly and equitably, and a system of delivery that supports the priorities outlined within the Adult Learning in Wales policy, published in July 2017. The goal is to ensure all eligible learners in Wales have equal access to the essential skills provision funded by Welsh Government.
Some issues within the consultation of particular interest to the third sector may include:
- Which of the delivery models outlined in Chapter 1 of the paper would best support engagement with the Third Sector?
- What changes would need to occur to improve current engagement levels?
- How do the current partnership arrangements impact on the participation opportunities for the Third Sector? How could they be improved?
- Which of the funding options outlined in Chapter 2 of the paper would best support engagement with the Third Sector?
- Could the way that we distribute the funding of the Community Learning Grant better facilitate engagement with the Third Sector?
- Is there anything we could do differently in relation to the way that we allocate the funding that would improve the opportunities for the Third Sector to be engaged?
The consultation document is available here, with responses invited by 10 September 2018.
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 >>>
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 firstname.lastname@example.org