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Community groups and partners come together to launch Western Bay Social Value Forum

Date published: 24/09/2018

Over 80 members of the community, statutory sector partners and community organisations came together to Participants at forumpledge their support and launch the ‘Western Bay Social Value Forum’ at a recent conference at the Aberavon Beach Hotel.

Bridgend Association of Voluntary Organisations, alongside Neath Port Talbot and Swansea Councils  for Voluntary Services coordinated the launch of the forum, which serves to bring people and organisations together to share information and develop ways of working  that are truly responsive to the needs of local citizens and people in need.  The aim is to collaborate to achieve real positive change in people’s lives, particularly people in need of support.

Kelly Gillings, Interim Programme Lead for Western Bay said “Social Value can seem an odd term but it is about looking beyond the financial and performance targets or achievements of a project or organisation and placing equal value on the benefits that occur as a ripple effect.  These are usually the things that matter the most to people and improves their sense of happiness and personal wellbeing.”  

Participants at forumHeidi Bennett CEO of BAVO added “We are mindful the term wellbeing can mean different things to different people, so there is also a need to really listen and engage with people, and this is something we are all committed to doing through the Social Value Forum!  Changing what we do, or how we do it can make a big difference to the wellbeing of local service users and citizens and we need to make sure that we understand the impact and bring about positive changes." 

Social Value Forums are now a requirement under the Social Services and Well Being Wales Act 2014 through which Welsh Government introduced a duty on local authorities and local health boards to promote the development of social value organisations in their area.

The Welsh Government’s Minister for Children, Older People and Social Care, Huw Irranca-Davies AM said:Welsh Government’s Minister for Children, Older People and Social Care, Huw Irranca-Davies AM

 “I believe passionately in the importance of delivering genuinely co-produced care services.  I am also clear community-grown developments can be better for local people and local economies. 

“I was very pleased therefore to take part in the launch of the Western Bay Social Value Forum.  This forum has an important role to play in supporting social value-based organisations to flourish and develop good practice. It also represents an opportunity for these valuable organisations to play a collective role in the strategic planning and delivery of social care services with statutory partners.”  

The Forum will have a wide remit and is open to all who share similar values to impact upon enhancing health and wellbeing; building safer communities; maximising opportunities for all to fulfill their potential; improving physical environment and supporting local economies.

For further information about the recently launched Western Bay Social Value Forum, please contact BAVO,  T: 01656 810400.

Following the launch of the Western Bay Social Value Forum, below you will find the presentations from the presenters on the day:

What does Social Value mean in the context of Social Services and Well Being Act?

Developing the Social Value Forum: Donna Coyle, Wales Co-op.

Making it work: Rachel Rowlands: Cwm Taf Regional Partnership Board Chair

Co-production and Social Value (learning exchange): Simon James, CEO, Interlink.

Co-production in Western Bay: examples of practice: Karen Berrell, Kelvin Jones and Adele Rose-Morgan – Swansea Co-Production Network.


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