Catapulted by the Welsh Government agenda and the Integrated Care Fund, the profile and focus on Social Value is at an all-time high! Transformational change is happening right here, right now! Be part of it!

Social Value Forums are now a requirement under the Social Services and Well Being Wales Act 2014 through which Welsh Government introduced a duty on local authorities and local health boards to promote the development of social value organisations in their area.

The aim is to collaborate to achieve real positive change in people’s lives, particularly people in need of support.

Heidi Bennett CEO of BAVO added “We are mindful the term wellbeing can mean different things to different people, so there is also a need to really listen and engage with people, and this is something we are all committed to doing through the Social Value Forum! 

"Changing what we do, or how we do it can make a big difference to the wellbeing of local service users and citizens and we need to make sure that we understand the impact and bring about positive changes." 


| Making it work: Rachel Rowlands: Cwm Taf Regional Partnership Board Chair |

| Co-production and Social Value (learning exchange): Simon James, CEO, Interlink |


Cwm Taf Social Value Forum – looking back and moving forward

71 people attended a forum in April, which saw Bridgend organisations join up with their new partners in Cwm Taf Morgannwg for the first time. Social Value Forums are now a requirement under the Social Services and Well Being Wales Act 2014 through which Welsh Government introduced a duty on local authorities and local health boards to promote the development of social value organisations in their area. The aim is to collaborate to achieve real positive change in people’s lives, particularly people in need of support.

April’s forum took the opportunity to really show case the work that has been done in former Cwm Taf and Bridgend, with inspiring presentations from partner projects including Rena Sweeney from Care and Repair who reported on their hospital to home scheme in Princess of Wales Hospital.

The remainder of the event focused on Moving Forward Together. Delegates were asked to look at how the third sector can actively develop the role of social value organisations to build community support and resilient communities. To do this, participants were challenged to look at what’s out there that works really well, what are the gaps and therefore opportunities, barriers of working and how to over come these.

A really motivating workshop identified the need to work collaboratively and to develop a working plan for the forum to concentrate its efforts. Many delegates offered support to develop a new structure which would enable to the forum to grow and achieve what is needed to move third sector organisations and its partners forward.

| See full report here |

Look out for the next event which will be based in Bridgend this side of Christmas.


Contact us

For further information, contact BAVO, T: 01656 or E: [email protected]