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.

Bridgend County Borough Council budget - a discussion with the community 

2 October 2019 from 10am– 11.30am
The Courthouse Maesteg

24 October 2019 from 6pm - 7.30pm
St Johns Centre Minerva Street, Bridgend

Over recent years, Bridgend County Borough Council have had to make significant budgetary savings.  After almost 10 years of austerity and continuing reduced budgets they now find themselves forced to consider more proposals to make up the deficit for the future.  Despite having had to increase council tax, there is still a requirement to save millions despite having saved  £27million in last four years.  They have done this through streamlining senior management, relocating staff and closing some premises as well as developing more online services. They also remodeled two childrens homes, removed surplus properties and assets and re-organised back office functions.

Despite this, BCBC find themselves in the position of having to look at other proposals such as removing CCTV coverage, closing down household recycling centre, stopping pest control services, ceasing adult learning classes and more. This is because they still have to make £35m more savings by 2023.

As such, BAVO want to enable the third sector and local community to be part of this discussion so have arranged for officer leads and councillors to aid this discussion.

Please help us to shape Bridgend’s future by visiting, picking up a copy from libraries, or emailing [email protected]

To book your place on either of the above dates, email [email protected] or call 01656 810400.

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 |

Have your say on Bridgend County Borough Council's budget consultation

Over the past four years, the local authority has made budgetary savings of more than £27 million. Despite the changes made to date, the council still have to make a further £35 million saving by 2023, which is currently 12.9% of the net budget.

| Read more and take part in consultation here |

Those 13 and over who complete this survey will have the opportunity to be entered into a free prize draw. Closing date 3 November 2019.

A Healthier Wales: A Workforce Strategy for Health and Social Care

Your chance to contribute to Wales’s first health and social care workforce strategy.
Consultation deadline: Wednesday 18 September 2019

Social Care Wales and Health Education and Improvement Wales have been working together to develop a Workforce Strategy for Health and Care.  Together with their partners, the Institute of Public Care, Oxford Brookes University (IPC) they have now reached the point where they have completed their initial engagement with a wide range of people from across Wales and have produced their first draft document for consultation.  The consultation document reflects what you have told them and provides potential actions for the next 10 years which they would like your views on.

As with the engagement exercise they are seeking a range of opinions from across sectors, and from anyone who has an interest in the health and social care workforce. Please circulate as widely as possible to your colleagues and networks as they are particularly interested in the views of people working in health and social care in Wales, as well as those who use care and support services, carers and volunteers.

| Read more and have your say by taking part in survey here |

Transport to Health

Many of the older people the Older People's Commissioner for Wales and her team have met and spoken with people throughout Wales have highlighted the challenges they can face when travelling to GP or hospital appointments.

To help her to identify how transport to these services could be improved, as well as good practice that is being delivered, the Commissioner wants to hear from you about your experiences of travelling to health services.

You can share your experiences by completing the short survey here.

You can request a hard copy by contacting [email protected] or T: 03442 640 670. The survey is also available in Welsh.

Closing date: Friday 27 September 2019.

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS)

HMICFRS are conducting a domestic abuse survey. The last one was conducted in 2017 and they are keen to understand what practitioners think about the current police response to domestic abuse and how that might have changed.

| Take part in consultation here |

The survey will close on Friday 11 October 2019.

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 |

What are your views of the value of e-learning and online conferencing?

Third Sector Support Wales (TSSW) want to understand your views on the value of e-learning and online conferencing to your work.

Wales Council for Voluntary Action have had their e-learning site Learning Zone Wales for several years and now want to consider what our e-learning offer should look like moving forward and really want to hear your views. Please can you spare five minutes to click on one of the links below and complete this short survey in Welsh or English.

| Take part in English language survey |

| Take part in Welsh language survey |

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 |