Don't miss the opportunity to have your say on third sector and public sector services in Wales that affect you and your organisation.

What impact is BAVO having?

How does BAVO help your organisation with volunteer management, funding, governance and influencing?

The 2019-20 Third Sector Support Wales Impact Survey has launched, giving you the chance to let BAVO know about the impact our services in governance, funding, volunteering and engagement and influencing have on your organisation.

This lets BAVO understand how we’re doing and helps us plan for the future. So please take ten minutes or so to tell us your thoughts and help us learn what works for you and what doesn’t.

Third Sector Support Wales is a network of support organisations for the third sector in Wales. Our shared goal is to enable the third sector and volunteers across Wales to contribute fully to individual and community wellbeing, now and for the future.

Pa effaith mae BAVO yn ei chael?

Sut mae BAVO yn helpu eich sefydliad chi gyda gwaith rheoli gwirfoddolwyr, cyllido, llywodraethu a dylanwadu?

Mae Arolwg Effaith Cefnogi Trydydd Sector Cymru 2019-20 wedi cael ei lansio, ac mae’n rhoi cyfle i chi roi gwybod i BAVO am yr effaith y mae ein gwasanaethau ym meysydd llywodraethu, cyllido, gwirfoddoli ac ymgysylltu a dylanwadu yn ei chael ar eich sefydliad chi.

Bydd BAVO yn dod i ddeall a ydym yn llwyddo, a bydd yn ein helpu i gynllunio tuag at y dyfodol. Felly, treuliwch ryw ddeng munud yn rhoi eich barn i ni ac yn ein helpu i ddysgu beth sy’n gweithio i chi a beth sydd ddim.

Rhwydwaith o fudiadau cymorth i’r trydydd sector yng Nghymru yw Cefnogi Trydydd Sector Cymru. Nod y rhwydwaith yw galluogi’r trydydd sector a gwirfoddolwyr ledled Cymru i gyfrannu’n llawn at lesiant unigolion a chymunedau, yn awr ac at y dyfodol.

Monitoring the impact of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 in relation to unpaid carers

Carers Wales launched the 2018 -2019 Track the Act report 2 October 2019. This is the latest briefing in a series which has gathered evidence from carers across Wales as well as information from local authorities and local health boards about how the Act is is being implemented for carers across Wales. Carers Wales remains concerned about how the on-going implementation of the Act is affecting carers across Wales.  The briefing outlines the key findings and recommendations that Carers Wales believes need to be undertaken to remove the barriers in place that are preventing its successful implementation.

| Responses received from individual local authorities and local health boards in response to our information request can also be found here |

The questionnaire for carers for next year’s briefing is now live online. This questionnaire is for unpaid carers to give their views on the rights they have received under the Social Services and Well-Being (Wales) Act 2014 (the Act). A carer defined under the Act is someone who provides or intends to provide care for a friend or family member.
| The online questionnaire can be found here  |

Have you served in the Armed Forces? Are you a carer?

Bridgend Carers Centre is looking for carers who are 65+ and have served in any of the UK Armed Forces, including National Service, to let them know what they would want in a training course.

The course will be for eight weeks, providing information about the role of caring, housing issuues, benefits, Armed Forces pensions, mental health, stress reduction strategies, creativity sessions, the value of exercise and ideas for the future!

What would YOU find useful? What do YOU need information about? | Read more and find out to have your say here |

Contact Bridgend Carers Centre to get involved, T: 01656 658479.

Survivors invited to contribute to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

More than 4,000 victims and survivors of child sexual abuse in England and Wales have shared their experiences with the Truth Project, part of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. Information gathered in Truth Project sessions will mean the Inquiry can get a better picture of the past to help create a safer place for children in the future.  Meanwhile, new statistics from the Inquiry have found over three quarters of victims and survivors believe they were stereotyped after speaking out about their abuse.  

The Inquiry is calling for a more open conversation about child sexual abuse and asking survivors to come forward to contribute to its work. | Read more |

Welsh Government consultations

Welsh Government gives you the opportunity to have your say on what's happening in Wales by issuing a range of consultations on a wide variety of topics that affect you and your organisation.  | Read more |

Help Improve Charity Safeguarding Guidance

The Charity Commission wants your views on its safeguarding guidance. With increasing awareness of the importance of safeguarding for charities, the Charity Commission wants to hear your views on its guidance. Do you find it useful? Does it cover the matters you need to know about? Does it link to the right specialist information?
| Read more and take part in survey here|

A data led investigation into the impact of Universal Credit in Wales

This large-scale research project, commissioned by the Welsh Government, is to understand how Universal Credit is affecting families in Wales. As part of the research, Policy in Practice are inviting claimants, stakeholders and members of frontline organisations to complete an online survey to explore the impacts of Universal Credit in more detail.

There are two separate elements to the survey research. Organisations may choose to participate in both survey elements, just one, or neither.

| Download English language survey here |
| Download Welsh language survey here |

If you have any questions about the surveys, contact Ben Fell, Head of Analysis, Policy in Practice, T: 03300 889242 or E: [email protected]

Welsh Senate of Older People - P is for People

Public toilet provision is an issue which requires urgent action. Help them to gather information about public toilets in Wales.

Share with any friends, family or colleagues who may be interested | by completing questionnaire here |

Return your completed questionnaire, by emailing to [email protected]

Measuring the Mountain want to hear your stories!

Measuring the Mountain is a Welsh Government funded project looking at people’s experiences of needing care and support or of being a carer.  It’s an all-Wales collaboration of the public sector, third sector and, most importantly, the people who live here. They want to know more about what it is like to be a carer, looking after a loved one, family member, friend or neighbour or someone who needs care and support. | Read more |

By sharing this information, people will be helping to inform Welsh Government, social care professionals and others about what needing care and support services, or being a carer, is like, as well as what works well and what could be done differently.  They will share all their findings, conclusions and recommendations through reports, events and the website, as well as directly with Welsh Government.

Measuring the Mountain will be collecting stories until 31 May 2020, after which they will analyse the stories and share their findings with Welsh Government, organisations and people across Wales. For further details, contact Katie,  T: 07964 407 739, E: [email protected] or visit

Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust

Over the course of the last year the Patient Experience & Community Involvement Team within the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust have been engaging with and collating feedback from carers (especially older carers) that has demonstrated the importance for us to better understand their needs. 

Carers have told them that they are reluctant to seek help for themselves due to carer responsibilities and their expectations when it is the person they care for needing help. They have developed a survey that is being carried out to capture more in-depth information to help develop our approach to improving experiences and outcomes for carers.

The Carers Survey is now live and can be completed bilingually via the same link.  Please feel free to share with colleagues and anyone else you feel is appropriate. 

| Have your say by taking part in survey here |

Have you used Bridgend Carers Centre?

Bridgend Carers Centre specialises in the provision of information, support and short break opportunities to adult carers throughout Bridgend County Borough. If you have used the centre, they would like you to complete a very short survey to tell them about your experiences with them and what services and activities you would to see in the future. | Take part in survey |