Engagement is by definition a two-way process, involving interaction and listening, with the goal of generating mutual benefit. As a County Voluntary Council we work to promote and share good practice in engagement.
Measuring the Mountain (MtM), a unique initiative gathering people’s experiences of social care throughout Wales, has shared its findings in a new report.
Funded by Welsh Government, MtM has collected close to 500 personal stories from across Wales about social care that reveal the complex, vulnerable and important relationships people have when they are carers or need care and support.
A Citizen’s Jury, hosted by MtM in September 2018, explored some of the key themes that emerged from the stories to understand more about the early impact of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014.
15 recommendations were produced that made clear the need for straightforward, easy interactions with social care providers. The need to value and support carers, and the importance of collaborative approaches at all levels of the sector.
On Wednesday, March 27, the Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services, Julie Morgan, launched the report at the Pierhead Building in Cardiff Bay. She said: ‘This is an important piece of work with a unique approach that has never before been undertaken in the social care sector in Wales.
‘Measuring the Mountain has been a collaborative approach which has proven vital to hear the voices of those engaging with the sector. I very much welcome the report, which provides us with clear evidence of where we are now and what needs to be done next.’
MtM’s activity over the last 12 months has highlighted elements of social care that are working well, as well as areas that require improvement. These findings will help inform the three-year evaluation of the Act being undertaken by a team from the University of South Wales.
Project Manager of MtM, Katie Cooke, said: ‘We have focused on the experiences of people engaging with social care, and while we have been able to make recommendations based on this information, many issues and themes now need to be explored from the side of social care providers and their staff, so that concerns within the sector can be understood, and addressed, from all sides.’
One of the jurors was Sara Flay, CEO of Legacy International, a social enterprise which aims to help people and organisations develop through mentoring and coaching. She said:
‘Having worked with many not-for-profit organisations who work with disabled people, I was really keen to be part of this project.
‘It has been a massively positive educational experience, which has brought real value to what we do. A lot of our work has shifted more towards health and social care, which wasn’t an area we had touched upon before.
‘We have now formed a think tank, trying to ask more thought-provoking questions about what matters to disabled people, alongside the inclusivity training we deliver to encourage companies to be more aware of disability, and our employment of people with disabilities and lifelong conditions.
‘The Measuring the Mountain project allowed us to identify areas of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act that are failing. Third sector groups have such a lot of support to offer local authorities in areas where resources may be lacking, and if the report’s recommendations are put in place, some fantastic improvements will be made for disabled people.’
If you haven’t seen it, the Third Sector Data Hub – launched back in 2018 – offers the latest statistics and data around third sector income, funding, activities and workforce, as well as information about volunteering demographics.
It uses our info, as well as that from Welsh Government, NCVO and others, to present to you an attractive, user-friendly experience that allows you to drill down into the data and find out what’s important to you.
And now we’re pleased to bring to you a pretty significant update.
We’re able to present statistical info from the Charity Commission, using data we’ve never had before, which brings a whole lot more detail about the shape of the third sector in Wales. For instance, you can:
· Find the number of registered charities in Wales
· See the areas in Wales these charities operate in highlighted on a map
· Track the types of charities in each area of Wales by number (e.g. Powys has 118 disability charities operating while Merthyr Tydfil has 38; Cardiff has 151 charities whose purpose is to tackle poverty; Blaenau Gwent has 28)
· See how many registered charities work in both England and Wales
We’ve also been able to update some of our financial data, so now you can see charities’ income per head of population across all the regions of England and Wales, as well as the number of organisations per 1000 population across each region.
The Hub is developed in partnership with Data Cymru, who will be at gofod3 this coming Thursday (21 March) displaying the Hub. Do take a few moments to pop along to their stand and see what it’s all about.
We’re proud of the Data Hub – we think it’s an incredibly useful, versatile tool for funders, decision-makers, the public and, of course, the third sector itself. So why not take a look for yourself?
Brexit Portal to Support Business
Business Wales’ Brexit Portal has been designed to make it as easy as
possible for business to access the most up to date information and support that they need. The site will provide companies in Wales with up-to-date information and advice on a range of crucial issues. It also includes a diagnostic tool that helps businesses to identify how prepared they are for Brexit.
For further information please click here
Every year countless pieces of crisp packets end up in landfill sites across the UK. Walkers Crisps are working with TerraCycle to put an end to this enormous loss of resources. The Crisp Packet Recycling Scheme prevents them from ending up in landfill.
You can bring your crisp packets (not just Walkers) to Denmark Farm where we are then able to send them off to Terracycle once we have enough, and it means that we can raise some money from it.
It’s not much but it all helps! And of course it stops these crisp packets ending up in landfill.
To find out more about Denmark farm please click here
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