Primary Healthcare Clusters were discussed, with the third sector highlighting Powys Carers’ work with The Minister on mapping services across the community. The Minister praised the work of the clusters, especially those who have invested in third sector services focusing on care in mental health.
The third sector also underlined that the Co-Production Network shouldn’t become ‘a third sector space’, requesting Welsh Government help to get other sectors involved. The sector representatives also brought up concerns around safeguarding and DBS checks, pointing out the repercussions for the sector – particularly for sports organisations – if funding for free checks is removed in the long-term.
Finally, the Wales Social Co-operative Development Forum gave a presentation on alternative delivery models, asking for a National Convention to bring together leaders from across the sectors, as well as citizens, to develop a shared vision of social care and housing services operating collaboratively.
Ruth Marks, WCVA Chief Executive, said: ‘Many third sector organisations contribute to health, social care and wellbeing outcomes – either directly or indirectly. Ministerial meetings are a useful way to highlight good work, raise issues of concern and discuss future action required. We look forward to building on this work with the next Welsh Government.’