Neath Port Talbot CVS continues its active involvement in local, regional and national partnerships and networks. Representatives from Third Sector forums and networks actively participate and feed Third Sector views to and from strategic joint planning groups.
- Neath Port Talbot CBC
- Welsh Government
- ABMU Health Board
- Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service
- South Wales Police
- Tai Tarian
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Neath Port Talbot CVS facilitates a number of Third Sector Forums that provide the Sector with the opportunity to influence decision making processes providing a structure for electing representatives to various planning groups.
We facilitate the following Forums:
Third Sector Strategic Forum
The Third Sector Strategic Forum provides an opportunity to disseminate information that is of strategic importance to organisations and to receive feedback from organisations about the key issues that are affecting them currently, which can then be fed into relevant planning structures.
Any Third Sector organisation that is based or operating within the Neath Port Talbot area, including national voluntary organisations can attend the Forum.
Neath Port Talbot Voluntary Sector Children and Young People’s Forum
The aim of Neath Port Talbot Voluntary Sector Children and Young People’s Forum is to establish a dialogue between Voluntary Organisations, so that their needs and concerns can be accurately reflected within the planning process.
Health, Social Care and Wellbeing Forum
The Health, Social Care and Wellbeing Forum brings together Third Sector organisations and community groups providing information, services and/or activities in the health, social care and wellbeing field in Neath Port Talbot.
Its aim is to establish a dialogue between Third Sector organisations so that their needs and concerns can be reflected within all planning processes.
Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Forum
The Forum brings together Third Sector organisations and community groups providing information, services and/or activities in the Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing field in Neath Port Talbot. It aims to raise awareness of the needs and promote the rights of people living in the area with regards to Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing. It also establishes a dialogue between Third Sector organisations so that their needs and concerns can be represented and reflected within all planning processes.
We also jointly facilitate the Regional Third Sector Health, Social Care and Wellbeing Network with SCVS and BAVO as well as the Children and Young People’s Network for Western Bay.
Please go to our Events Calendar to find out when the next forums will be held.
For further information or to book a place on a Forum contact us on 01639 631246 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The following key pieces of legislation have been implemented in Wales from April 2016.
The Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015
What is it?
The Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act is legislation requiring public bodies – such as local authorities, health boards and organisations like the Arts and Sports Councils of Wales – to put long-term sustainability at the forefront of their thinking, and work with each other along with other relevant organisations (such as sector groups) and the public to prevent and tackle problems. It passed into law in April 2015.
It features seven wellbeing goals for Wales (see below):
The Act and these goals were decided on following an extensive consultation period known as the National Conversation.
Who does it affect?
These public bodies will have to comply with the Act:
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This will mean working towards five criteria that make up the Act’s Sustainable Development Principle, which in turn will help meet the seven goals.
- Long-term thinking – balancing short-term needs with safeguards to meet long-term needs.
- Prevention – actions to prevent problems getting worse.
- Integration – considering how your objectives may impact on those of others.
- Collaboration – Working with other bodies (which may include third sector organisations) that can help you meet your goals.
- Involvement – involving people and communities with an interest in helping you meet your objectives, and reflecting the diversity of the people in your area.
You’ll also need to be able to demonstrate transparency to show how you are working towards the goals. This will be through annual reporting, responding to the Future Generations Commissioner, and publishing a wellbeing statement.
Sophie Howe (left) – Future Generations Commissioner
A set of national indicators has been developed to measure whether Wales is achieving the seven well-being goals in the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.
The first set of national indicators, as required by Section 10(1) of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act, were laid in the National Assembly for Wales on 16th March 2016. The 46 indicators will, over time, tell us whether we are progressing towards a prosperous, resilient, more equal, healthier and globally responsible Wales, with cohesive communities, a vibrant culture and a thriving Welsh language.
Further information on the national indicators can be found here.
The Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014
The Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act received Royal Assent in May 2014, and will be implemented from April 2016.
The Act is set to transform the way health and social care services are delivered in Wales. It places a strong emphasis on person-centred care and the importance of collaborative working, as well as the need to consider new and innovative ways to make our services more sustainable for the future.
Key requirements of the Act include:
- The promotion of wellbeing and prevention, aiming to delay the development of people’s needs for care and support.
- Better provision of information and advice on how services can be accessed and processes for raising safeguarding concerns.
- The introduction of assessments of carers’ needs, ensuring both service users and their carers receive the support they need.
- Working across service boundaries to strengthen partnerships
The Act’s key aim is to empower service users by giving them stronger voice and greater control over the types of care they receive.
For further information, including the Welsh Government’s ‘The Essentials’ guide on the Social Services (Wales) Act, please visit http://gov.wales/topics/health/socialcare/act/.
A number of the key planning structures will change with the implementation of the Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014 and the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015. Further information will be available on these new structures once they are established.
Compact between Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council and the Neath Port Talbot Community and Voluntary Sector
In October 2016, the renewed Compact between Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council and Neath Port Talbot Community and Voluntary Sector was signed. The Compact providers a framework that can support the Council and the Sector in working Together.
A copy of the Compact can be found here.
Public Services Board
The Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 establishes Public Services Boards (PSBs) for each local authority area in Wales. Membership of the Neath Port Talbot PSB must include:
- Neath Port Talbot CBC
- ABMU Health Board
- Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service
- Natural Resources Wales
In addition to these members, the following have been invited to participate on the Board:
- Welsh Ministers.
- The Chief constable for South Wales Police.
- South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner.
- Probation Services.
- Neath Port Talbot CVS, representing voluntary organisations in Neath Port Talbot.
The PSB must improve the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being of its area by working to achieve the well-being goals. It will do this by:
- Assessing the state of economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being in its area; and
- Setting objectives that are designed to maximise the PSBs contribution to the wellbeing goals.
Each PSB must prepare and publish a plan setting out its objectives and the steps it will take to meet them. This is called a Local Well-being Plan. It must say:
- Why the PSB feels their objectives will contribute within their local area to achieving the well-being goals, and
- How it has had regard to the Assessment of Local Well-being in setting its objectives and steps to take.
Each PSB will carry out an annual review of their plan showing their progress.
When producing their assessments of local well-being and Local Well-being plan, PSBs must consult widely.
Western Bay Health and Social Care Programme
The Western Bay Health and Social Care Programme’s vision is to provide high quality services that protect children and adults from harm, promote independence and deliver positive outcomes for people in Bridgend, Neath Port Talbot and Swansea.
To achieve this, the ABMU Health Board and the Local Authorities of Bridgend County Borough Council, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council and the City & County of Swansea are working together through the Western Bay Health and Social Care Collaborative, with third and independent sector partners. The primary purpose of the Collaborative is to provide a strategic mechanism for co-ordinating a programme of change in a suite of projects and work streams that partners have identified as a common priority.
The key aims of the Western Bay Health and Social Care Programme are:
- To promote prevention and wellbeing from a citizen centred perspective, that will support and strengthen both the care delivered and the health and wellbeing benefits to the people of the Western Bay region
- To integrate services more effectively for the benefit of service users and carers
- To focus on the person through an approach committed to personalisation, independence, social inclusion and choice
- To fulfil a shared responsibility that adults and children at risk of harm in Western Bay are safeguarded against all forms of abuse by working together to keep adults and children safe and to promote their welfare
- To make service improvements, to avoid service costs increasing and to ensure services are sustainable for the future, in the face of growing demand and the current financial climate.
- To recognise that incremental changes to existing models of care will not be sufficient and that a bolder approach is needed to bring about innovative models that are appropriate to the needs of the population.
The Western Bay Regional Partnership Board has been established. It includes representation from the Third Sector, Service Users and Carers.
Western Bay Regional Citizen’s Panel: The Regional Citizen’s Panel aims to provide citizens with the opportunity to have their voice heard on proposed changes to social services, in line with the Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014. The Panel is facilitated for Western Bay by the three County Voluntary Councils.
For further information on the panel, please contact Helen Evans on 01639 631246 or HelenE@nptcvs.org.uk.
Programme Team: The Programme Team consists of Directors of Social Services and Heads of Services across the region, the Regional Programme Director and Project Managers. Its purpose is to ensure delivery of the outcomes and benefits identified within each of the Western Bay projects and provide strategic oversight/ reporting for “business as usual” collaborative work streams.
The Programme Team also provides leadership of regional implementation activity in relation to the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014.
Project Boards: A number of boards and operational groups have been established to oversee the remit of each of the Western Bay work streams.
Accountability of decision making among the partner organisations remains with the Health Board and the Local Authorities and their partners.
For further information on Western Bay, including their latest newsletter, please visit www.westernbay.org.uk.
Children and Young People
The Think Families Partnership
The Think Families Partnership is made up of key strategic partners who include Neath Port Talbot CVS. It works to support the aim within Neath Port Talbot’s Single Plan that children and young people get the best possible start in life and achieve their potential.
The priorities for the Think Families Partnership are to:
- Strengthen prevention and early intervention programmes
- Identify what more can be done together to ensure children and young people are able to enter work, further education or training when they leave full time education and are supported to be independent adults
Western Bay Safeguarding Children’s Board
Neath Port Talbot CVS is the County Voluntary Council representative on the Western Bay Safeguarding Children’s Board, which aims to build safeguarding arrangements for children and young people across the Neath Port Talbot, Swansea and Bridgend Local Authority areas.
Neath Port Talbot Adult Learning Network (ALN)
Neath Port Talbot CVS is a key partner in the Network and continues to facilitate Third Sector involvement in Adult Continuing Education in the County Borough. CVS represents the Third Sector on the South West and Central Wales Regional Learning Partnership (RLP), and is a member of the 14-19 Executive Group which aims to ensure the local 14-19 Annual Network Development Plan addresses and delivers the strategic priorities for the Welsh Governments 14-19 Learning Pathways agenda for young people.
Compact between the Police and Crime Commissioner, South Wales Police and Third Sector
In October 2015, the Compact between the Police and Crime Commissioner, South Wales Police and the Third Sector was launched. The Compact sets out how all partners can work together for the benefit of the local community.
A copy of the Compact can be found here