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

Upper Garw Valley Action Plan – Have your say

The Upper Garw Valley is an area of natural beauty, with good opportunities for walking and cycling, and for enjoying the incredible landscape and natural environment.

An Action Plan is being developed by Catrin Evans Consultancy on behalf of Bridgend Council’s Rural Development Team (Reach) and Garw Valley Community Council.

They are developing a fiveyear Environmental Action Plan for Blaengarw and upper Pontycymer and would like to hear your views on what should be included.

Join them for an online workshop at 6pm, 26 April 2021 or complete an online survey on Survey-Monkey by following this link.

For further details please contact

Care Inspectorate Wales assurance check of Bridgend social services

Care Inspectorate Wales is currently undertaking assurance checks across local authorities in Wales. They are reviewing how well local authorities are discharging their statutory functions to keep people who need care and support and carers who need support, safe and promote their well-being during the pandemic.

The assurance checks include a focus on what local authorities are doing to prevent the need for children to come into care and the return of children with their families, where appropriate. How well are local authorities providing early help, care and support and seamless transitions between services for disabled children and their families?

They have developed a specific survey for the third sector which can be found here

Your individual comments are confidential and will not be shared with the local authority. If you would prefer to speak to them about your feedback, call 0300 7900 126 or E:

Bridgend Ravens want your views!

Bridgend Ravens is progressing some exciting and ambitious projects to develop a community, health and wellbeing and fitness facility at the Brewery Field, alongside a separate project of replacing the current playing surface with an all-weather 3G pitch. The provisional name for the facility is Brewery Field Complex.

The aim is to provide a unique, state-of-the-art facility for sport, health and wellbeing and recreation for Bridgend and the surrounding areas to enjoy and benefit from. The facility plans include (but are not restricted to):

  • All weather 3G playing surface meeting World Rugby and FIFA International Standards;
  • High performance gymnasium;
  • Fitness / dance studio;
  • Conference room / classroom;
  • Individual private rooms for flexible use such as: meeting rooms, office space, classrooms, hobby rooms, treatment rooms etc;
  • Social mix zone with bar, refreshments, lounge seating and eating areas;
  • Male and female changing rooms with disabled facilities;
  • On-site parking.

To help progress these projects, they are contacting clubs, businesses and organisations within the county borough to ask for their support by completing a short, simple questionnaire here

You can also read much more about the facilities and plans if you click the ‘home’ tab at the top of their web page

Have your say on what good evaluation practice should include for social prescribing

Researchers at the University of South Wales and the Wales School for Social Prescribing Research (WSSPR) are running a study to develop an evaluation framework and reporting standards for social prescribing.

They would like to invite you to engage in three online activities over the next two months. The purpose of the exercise is to move towards a consensus position on what good evaluation practice should include for social prescribing. You can find out more information here.

You can indicate your interest in participating in this study by emailing:

If you have any queries, contact the research team by emailing:

Evidencing the impact and added value of the third sector

Social Care Wales is keen to understand the crucial role that the Third Sector plays in Wales to achieve the goals set out in the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014. The implementation of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 has meant very significant changes in the way social services are planned, commissioned and delivered characterised by a stronger emphasis on:

  • prevention and early intervention;
  • the promotion of well-being and how services can help people achieve what matters to them;
  • co-production – citizens and professionals sharing power and working together as equal partners, seeing people as assets, and ‘working with not to’;
  • multi agency working and collaboration.

Social Care Wales would be grateful if you could review and complete their brief online survey by clicking here

Walking and cycling in your community

Have your say on the proposed future routes for walking and cycling in your area. Have they got it right and if not what improvements would you like to see?

Sustrans recently invited Bridgend County Borough residents to tell them about the barriers they face when walking and cycling on their everyday journeys. They’ve taken all your comments on board and have drafted future route plans for the area. They want to hear your thoughts on the proposed network.

Find out more and have your say here

Tell your story of caring through Covid-19

Cardiff University is carrying out research on behalf of Public Health Wales to explore how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted on unpaid carers and to find out more about what sort of support they need. They are looking for unpaid carers who would like to be interviewed via video link or telephone about their experiences.

This research is an opportunity for unpaid carers to have their voice heard by policy makers and those responsible for planning services as they speak out about their lives and their needs. All participants’ identities will be protected and personal information will be treated confidentially.

You can find out further details here. 

For further information contact Dan Burrows, T: 029 2087 5501 or E:

Social Enterprise Mapping Research 2020-2021 – Social Firms Wales need your help

The social enterprise mapping research 2020/2021 is now underway and would really appreciate your input, as this will help them obtain an accurate picture of what is happening to the sector across Wales and enable them to look at the support that you are going to need in the future. You can take part in survey here.

National Pensioners Convention Wales digital exclusion survey

NPC Wales is aware of the growing problem facing older people in accessing services that they need which has been heightened by the Covid-19 crisis, with many services now only accessible online. They  want to ask older people in Wales about their experiences in using and accessing these services and also what is needed to support older people to get online.

Have your say by completing their questionnaire here

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If you need hard copies for distribution, E: or T: 029 2043 1570.

Open consultations from the Assembly, Welsh Government and others

Don’t miss the opportunity to have your say on what’s happening in Wales on a variety of topics that affect you and your organisation.

Have your say on what matters to you here

  • Third Sector Support Wales
  • Welsh Government
  • Investing in Volunteers
  • Trusted Charity Mark
  • Quality in Befriending
  • Healthy Working Wales Gold
  • Cyber essentials