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 :) 😃

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Clinical Services Strategy - what are your views?

Cwm Taf UHB are currently developing a Clinical Services Strategy.  They will be attending the third sector Health, Social Care and Wellbeing Forum on Wednesday 9th August to provide members with further details on the process being undertaking to develop the strategy and to seek views on the key messages and high level principles.
If you would like to know more about this work click here
The Forum will be held at VAMT offices (CF47 8UH) from 10 am to 12 Noon on Wednesday 9th August.  If you would like to connect with this forum contact