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: michelle.cooper2@south-wales.pnn.police.uk

Full details of the budget proposals and contact for postal responses can be found via on the website www.southwalescommissioner.wales 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
Dave

07813134358
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 :)