Thursday, 21 December 2017

Consultation on Proposed Health Board Boundary Change

The Welsh Government has opened its consultation with the public on proposals to re-align the Bridgend local authority boundary within the footprint of the Cwm Taf University Health board area.

This follows the publication of the White Paper in January 2017 Reforming Local Government: Resilient and Renewed which looked at ways of strengthening local government's ability to work together to meet the challenges it and other public services face across Wales.

In its response to the consultation on the White Paper earlier this year Cwm Taf UHB felt it would be prudent to consider re-alignment of health board boundaries, noting an historic and natural fit of the Bridgend area to Cwm Taf through existing patient flows and provision.

Whilst both Cwm Taf UHB and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg UHB will be consultees in the current process, both health boards have been involved in scoping the implications of any agreed change, without compromising the consultation process and outcome.
The Welsh Government’s consultation is now live on its website at the links below. The consultation ends on March 7th 2018 should you wish to submit your views or comments.

There is a Written Statement accompanying the consultation - follow the links for English and Welsh 

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Budget consultation - Police and Crime Commissioner and the Police and Crime Plan

The Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales is carrying out a budget consultation and seeking views on budget proposals for 2017/18 and the Police and Crime Plan

The Commissioner’s budget plans rest on a 5% increase in the precept which means an increase of £10.91 per year or 3p per day for a band D property. Whilst nobody wants to increase the charge, people want to live and work in safe communities.

Responses to the consultation will be help inform the decision making of the Police and Crime panel when they meet in the New Year to consider the level of precept for 2018-2019 so we hope that as many individuals and agencies concerned with keeping our communities and vulnerable individuals safe will respond with their views.

The consultation asks 5 questions (as set out below) and responses are needed by 28th December 2017. 

Consultation Questions

  • What are your views on the need to maintain an effective police service during a period of austerity - in particular, maintaining a strong neighbourhood presence?
  • Are there areas of South Wales Police activity that you would you be happy to see cut?
  • What would you consider the right level for the police precept for South Wales for 2018-19?
  • What are your views on capital expenditure plans for next year?
  • Do you think there are areas of the Police service that should be protected from further cuts? 
Responses can be emailed to:

Full details of the budget proposals and contact for postal responses can be found via on the website or via this link.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Draft Cwm Taf Well-being Plan - out for consultation

The Cwm Taf Public Services Board has published its draft Well-being Plan. The Well-being Plan will set out the Public Services Board’s Well-being Objectives for working together to improve the cultural, economic, environmental and social well-being of people and communities in Cwm Taf.

You can find the draft Plan here, along with a short survey to capture your thoughts and ideas. The information you provide will be used to develop the Well-being Plan. The final version will be published in May 2018.

Community events have been arranged and information can be found here

All responses must be received by 19th December 2017.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Cwm Taf Social Services and Wellbeing Partnership - Annual Report

The Cwm Taf Social Services and Wellbeing Partnership Board have published their first Annual Report for 2016/17. It sets out the progress made by the Partnership in its first year. The document is below.

Friday, 1 September 2017

Job Vacancy - Cwm Taf Place Based Digital Support

VAMT has a vacancy for a fixed term 12 months post, providing digital support in the rural wards of Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf.  

Closing date is 9 September, with interviews being held on 15 September. Secondments will be considered.

Please click in the link below for further information

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Free Training - Emergency Life Support Training - limited places

Absolute Training & Assessing Ltd. would like to offer the option of complimentary training (Emergency Life Support/First Aid) to a selected number of candidates in the above subject area.
As a part of our community engagement initiative we would like extend the offer of training at no charge in the spirit of voluntary community engagement.
If this is something you would like please feel free to contact me at your earliest convenience.

Kind Regards

Absolute Training & Assessing Ltd.  Navigation Park.  Abercynon.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Community Wellbeing Hubs, Resilient Communities and Friendliness

There has been a hive of activity recently with papers and discussions on resilient communities.  It means different things for different people, but I think it has to do with things being more joined up and more people working together.

I am not sure how a community gets better at doing things for itself with lots of active people and groups who know each and know what each other are doing.  The best communities have lots going on, places to meet, people know each other and support each other.

So what does that mean for the public sector?  Well that is what they are asking themselves, and it is a real challenge.

We have a culture of spending all our time and energy talking about public services - but this is about starting a conversation, developing relationships, doing things together.

So part of the role of the public sector needs to move from 'doing to' to 'doing with', and this is more about bringing people together, having more open discussions and to some extent 'letting go'.

People talk about empowerment, but this means giving power to people and communities.  For this to happen, someone must want to give up some of their power - and for some people, that is uncomfortable, a bit scary and they are not sure how to do it.  That is the problem, there is no script to follow, no clear plan and you cannot measure it.

So let me know if you want to see some of these discussion papers and reports, but maybe we are better off listening to someone describe what working in the community is all about - and for me that is not the service, the specification, the outputs, it is how welcome people feel when they someone with a smile on their face.

You can download a Carnegie report here, and watch the film here 

If you want  to read a cracking report on place based working, try this report from Locality

Simon :) 

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Would you like to work with researchers in Wales to plan and carry out research?

Are you interested in research
about primary care and emergency care?

PRIME Centre Wales are recruiting patients, carers and members of the public to be involved in research carried out by members of PRIME Centre Wales, the research centre which develops and undertakes research about primary and emergency care services. These are the health services you receive from your local health centre, at home or when you call 999.

They are looking for people with different backgrounds and experiences to reflect the diverse perspectives of people who live in Wales. They will offer an honorarium to acknowledge your commitment and reimburse expenses you incur by being involved. They can also provide a mentor to give support and advice to anyone who has not been involved in research before.

 Being involved in research means members of the public are actively involved in research projects and in research organisations, for example: in identifying research priorities; as members of a project advisory or steering group; by commenting on and developing patient information leaflets or other research materials. This is different from participating in research, for example: when someone takes part in a trial or answers a questionnaire.  

If you want more information and an application form please email Bridie Evans: who will email or phone you for an informal chat.

Closing date for application: 13th September 17

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Our Cwm Taf - new website

Cwm Taf Public Services Board (PSB) has a new bilingual website: / . The website provides a window on the work of the PSB and will be a single source for information about the Cwm Taf area providing consistency and coherence across partner organisations. The site can also be used to support organisational understanding of the role of the PSB and how individuals can contribute to local partnership working.

A wide range of data is available on the site and work is ongoing to ensure that this is the right information to meet partnership reporting needs and to support service planning and delivery. The site also acts as a data library to support the PSB’s assessments and plans, including the Well-being Assessment and Plan, Population Needs Assessment and Area Plan as they are developed. Over time, the website will encourage further use of data for the Cwm Taf area and the use of open source data to support local analysis and onward use.

The website will demonstrate how Cwm Taf PSB is working towards the national well-being goals and encourages citizen engagement and participation (and co-production). The website has been designed to meet the needs of a range of users with different skills and expectations and uses ‘intelligent’ embedded links to other resources/sites, including the Cwm Taf consultation hub. 

Feedback is welcomed on the new site, and keep checking back for new content and updates as the work of the PSB develops.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Diary Marker:Social Value - 5th October, Ty Dysgu, Nantgarw

Social Value Network - come and take part on the 5th October from 1.00pm at Ty Dysgu, Nantgarw

So what is Social Value?  Well  . . . in the Act and our Cwm Taf Social Value group Terms of Reference it is . . .

Social Value

‘The additional benefit to the community from a commissioning/procurement process over and above the direct purchasing of goods, services and outcomes.’

For us in Cwm Taf is it is also . . . . 

Building Community Capacity for Wellbeing

Activities, resources and support that strengthen the skills, abilities and confidence of people and community groups to take effective action and leading roles in improving wellbeing of communities.’

It means working together and involving people . . . producing things that have value in the community together . . aka - coproduction!

This is about doing things together as equals from start to finish making use of everyone's strengths. Take a look at this easy read version . . . .

Looking forward to discussing all this with anyone who wants to - join interlink and VAMT and lots of others - everyone is welcome from all parts of the community and public sector in Cwm Taf on the 5th October.

To book email, or if you want to know more, give me a bell on 01443 846200 :) 😃