Tuesday, 6 November 2018

A note from the South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner

We are keen to enhance our partnerships with the third sector; this briefing note is designed to raise awareness of the priorities of the South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner to improve understanding and instigate opportunities for collaboration.

It is recognised that there are many priorities within the South Wales Police and Crime Reduction Plan which are also likely to be priorities of third sector organisations who hold a wealth of skills and experience. Therefore, there is opportunity for us to work closer together to make sure we are aligned in our working, support our shared priorities and collaborate on funding opportunities.

Who is the South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner:

Alun Michael became the first Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales on the 22nd November 2012, and was re-elected for a second term on the 5th May 2016. In November 2016 Emma Wools was appointed as Deputy Commissioner on secondment from the National Offender Management Service in Wales (NOMS)

South Wales Police and Crime Reduction Plan 2018-21

Partnership working runs through the core of our Plan. We want to support, advise and enable those partner organisations delivering on shared priorities and outcomes. South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner currently give £332,000 to local authorities for youth offending services across South Wales and £565,300 to all seven local authorities for community safety funding which is used to deliver local priorities

Early intervention and prompt, positive action to help prevent problems before they escalate is at the heart of a five year plan for policing South Wales. The plan based on close co-operation with partners in local government, the health service and the voluntary sector, as well as Welsh Government, sets out six priorities for keeping our communities safe. It also reinforces the South Wales Police vision to make South Wales Police the best at understanding and responding to its communities’ needs.

Our priorities

The Police and Crime Commissioner holds the legal responsibility to set the policing priorities for South Wales through the Police and Crime Plan. In South Wales, they are as follows:
  • We will reduce and prevent crime and anti-social behavior to keep people safe and confident in their homes and communities
  • We will work to protect the more vulnerable in our communities, understanding causes and taking prompt positive action as issues arise
  • We will make our contribution to the strategic policing requirement and successfully police major events
  • We will engage with, involve and inform our communities, working with partners in local government, health, fire and welsh government to build resilience
  • We will work to make the local criminal justice system that most effective and efficient it can be to meet the needs of victims and reduce reoffending
  • We will spend your money wisely and support our people to provide the best possible policing in your community
Our outcomes
  • We will reduce the level of crime, disorder and anti social behaviour
  • We will enable our communities to be safe, confident and resilient
  • We will better meet the needs of vulnerable people, increasing their confidence to report and reducing repeat offences
  • We will improve how effectively our resources are used
  • We will ensure that South Wales Police is more representative of the communities it serves
  • We will strengthen our partnership work, applying the principles of co-operation to our work locally and through the criminal justice system

Our ability to deliver these outcomes relies on effective partnership work and a clear alignment of priorities. In a climate of shrinking resources, it is important we build relationships and partnerships to avoid duplication and silo working. We want to build a clear understanding of the organisations working in South Wales on these priorities, so if you are not already working with us, please let us know of your organization so we may support each other.

It is important that if we attend the same forums and/or work on similar agendas that we do not work separately but come together to pool resources and expertise. This is reflected in the opening statement of the plan ‘achieving more together towards a Safer South Wales.’

Please consider the above priorities, and if your organization is working towards similar or related objectives then do get in touch with our Policy and Partnerships Manager, Claire Cunliffe, to discuss how we can provide mutual support.

Contact details:
Email: Claire.cunliffe@south-wales.pnn.police.uk
Mobile: 07966874996

More detailed information on our work can be found on our website: http://commissioner.south-wales.police.uk/en/home/ and you can keep up to date with our work on our Twitter page @commssionersw 

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Tackling Loneliness and Isolation

Tackling Loneliness and Isolation is a cross-cutting objective of the 
Cwm Taf Well-being Plan. One of the first steps is to find out what is going on at the moment to combat loneliness and isolation, what works best and what needs to be done in the future to connect people better. 

It would be great if you could complete this short survey https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LonelinessandIsolation The deadline is 5th October. 


Following that a meeting will be arranged where we can discuss the findings and make proposals to tackle this issue. If you have not already expressed an interest in this work and would like to do so, please email Ian Davy 

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Organisations from across Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf join forces to launch first Well-being Plan for future generations

A five year plan to develop more job and training opportunities; give babies a better start in life, and improve the mental health of young people has been launched by a collective of public sector and voluntary organisations across Cwm Taf. 

The ‘Cwm Taf Public Services Board’ is made up of organisations right across Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf including health board, local authorities, police, fire service, voluntary sector, Natural Resources Wales and probation service. 

The Board was set up after the Well-being of Future Generations Act was passed by the National Assembly, and is a revolution in the way local public services are being planned and delivered for the future. 

The aim is to shift the focus from simply reacting as individual organisations to complex social problems, to addressing them together. 

The Well-being Plan which will be published today (May 3rd) uses a ‘place-based approach’ where all partners will work together more effectively with residents to identify issues, priorities and potential solutions in targeted areas. 

Ferndale/Tylorstown in Rhondda and Gurnos in Merthyr Tydfil have been identified as two pilot areas for the plan and if the approach is successful it will be rolled out to other communities across Cwm Taf. 

Growing the workforce of the future is a key part of the Well-being Plan, specifically the provision of more education, job and training opportunities within the public sector organisations involved, to help develop a skilled and sustainable workforce locally. 

Another key objective is to focus on a baby’s first 1000 days – from pregnancy through to 2 years of age. There will be a review of existing services to find out what changes need to be made to provide better support for new parents and babies. 

The Well-being Plan will also seek to focus on prevention and early intervention to reduce the need for child and adolescent services, including mental health, and develop more integrated services involving health, social services and schools in the area. 

Behaviour change campaigns encouraging healthier lifestyles and offering support will also begin with the organisations themselves by cross-promoting positive messaging among thousands of local staff. 

Chair of the Public Services Board Professor Marcus Longley – who is also chair of Cwm Taf University Health Board – said, “This plan is all about how we improve things for future generations and make sure that the decisions we take today take a longer term view for their benefit. Although there is already lots of working together across our organisations, this collective approach will become really embedded in how we find solutions to some of the really challenging issues in our communities that each of us can’t address alone. I’m excited about the publication of the Well-being Plan today but I am under no illusion that the real work in getting tangible improvements that people can point to, is only just starting.” 

South Wales Police Superintendent Phillip Ashby, said: “Community issues can be wide ranging and are rarely tackled effectively by one agency alone. This plan paves the way for a collaborative approach to problem solving which will help to ensure that solutions have a lasting impact and actually improve the quality of life and future prospects for people living across the Cwm Taf region.” 

The Chairs of Interlink and Voluntary Action Merthyr Tydfil – Pauline Richards and Anne Roberts respectively – said, “We welcome the intention to make our communities a better place to live. We know that more people than ever feel lonely and are more isolated and this is a major cause of poor health both physically and emotionally. We can do this by strengthening the support for people in our communities and increasing volunteering” 

Chief Executive of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, Chris Bradshaw said: “We are looking forward to improving the way in which we plan and deliver public services with our partners so that we make a real difference to the lives of people in Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil.” 

Leader of Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council, Councillor Kevin O’Neill said: “Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council has been a key partner since the implementation of the Board; working in partnership is central to everything we do. We are fully committed to making life better for all our communities and this Plan will ensure this is aim is achieved.“ 

A website called ‘Our Cwm Taf’ has been developed which provides information about the work of the Public Services Board and all the organisations that are part of it, showing the work they undertake together, as well as key information about the areas that are part of Cwm Taf.

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Make the Difference Cwm Taf - to be launched in Volunteers Week

Volunteers Week takes place every year between 1-7 June.  This year, a brand new scheme aiming to link retirees from the public sector with organisations seeking trustees will be launched across the Cwm Taf area.  Led by Interlink more information on the initiative is available here