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ADSS Cymru Members' Bulletin ~18 December 2020
This final Members' Bulletin of 2020 contains information on opportunities to get involved and important sector news of relevance to ADSS Cymru Members.

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Internal News

In the Director’s Chair

The ‘In the Director’s Chair’ programme is a new series of thought-provoking essays from members of the ADSS Cymru Leadership Group and our strategic partners, examining a wide range of topics right across the spectrum of social care policy and practice in Wales. It is an opportunity for service directors to use their professional knowledge and experience to speak freely and passionately about issues of social care policy and practice.
In the first essay of the series, Director of Social Services in Flintshire, Neil Ayling, offers his perspective on the concept of a national care service which has lately come under discussion and proposes an alternative solution in this debate.

Our Engagement in 2021

Following a challenging and incredibly busy year, the ADSS Cymru business unit will be resuming its periodic external newsletters in 2021 to our stakeholders across the social care sector – reporting on the progress of the ADSS Cymru membership, and those of our closest partners. We will be in contact with you to let you know of upcoming dates to submit information for our newsletters.
We will also be publishing further editions of the In the Director’s Chair blog series and podcasts, exploring topics that have a big impact on the delivery of social care in Wales. If you feel there is a particular topic you’d like to see covered, or if you would like to contribute to this work, do let us know.
Finally, planning will soon be under way for our annual Spring Seminar, which will give members and invited guests the opportunity to engage on the most critical topics of the day for social care. We look forward to hosting this important event once again in 2021, in whatever format this can safely take place.
Get Involved - current consultations

Please submit your views on the following consultations

Responding to consultations ensures that ADSS Cymru is able to voice its knowledge and expertise in key areas of social care legislation and policy. Your views matter.

All responses should be submitted to Paul Pavia, ADSS Cymru Policy Lead -

Welsh Gov | Carers' national plan for Wales:
Closing date 20 January 2021

Welsh Gov | Strategy for an ageing society: age friendly Wales:
Closing date 15 March 2021

Welsh Gov | Draft Children's Rights Scheme:
Closing date 26 March 2021

Equality and Human Rights Commission | Inquiry into racial inequality in health and social care workplaces:
Click here to email Paul Pavia, ADSS Cymru Policy and Research Lead (
News from Partners
In addition to the partnership bulletin specific to care provision, which is sent out weekly by ADSS Cymru, the Welsh Government issues a weekly COVID-19 bulletin with all the broader news, guidance, advice and assets for sharing on your channels.

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Supporting community resilience in social care
Social Care Wales is working with partners to examine the impact of the Covid 19 pandemic on community-led support. There are emerging examples in many local areas of support that has found new energy, with a range of partners interested in further nurturing the resilience and mutual support communities are developing. We want to explore the many factors that have supported this change. A partnership of consultancies hosted by Hugh Irwin Associates Ltd is co-ordinating the project.
Early key messages from stakeholders:

  • a lack of shared language used and understood by all stakeholders
  • statutory organisations need to relinquish control much more
  • engagement fatigue around this subject – action is required to keep people on board
  • celebrate success and build on it much more
  • need to agree satisfactory ways of measuring impact
  • values and principles as (if not more) important than outcomes
  • the ‘system’ is complex and change needs to reflect this complexity.

During December and January we are engaging with a broad range of stakeholders to explore these areas in more detail, and we’d really like to hear your views about what enables and supports good outcomes for communities from a social services perspective. We also want to explore how we can share learning to celebrate and support practice across Wales.
If you are able to share your views with us or would like more information, please contact Stephanie Griffith

Social Care Wales would like to highlight the range of services offered by Care First. They are providing an employee assistance programme (EAP) from 4 December to all those employed in the social care workforce in the private and voluntary sectors in Wales, including personal assistants.

For information on how to access the services for free and how the process works, including how confidentiality is maintained, please follow this link:

Care First can help with a wide range of work, family and personal issues. From work-life balance to childcare information, relationships to workplace issues, health and well-being, EAP can offer support to deal with issues that affect everyone.

 For any queries please email

NSPCC Trustees

The NSPCC is looking for a new Trustee to join its national Board.
Trustees play a pivotal role in setting the strategic direction of the Society, as well as holding management to account to ensure it delivers the best outcomes for children every day.

For this role, the NSPCC is looking for a trustee based in Wales, with a commitment to child protection and ideally a qualified social worker with a professional background in Children’s Services.  The successful candidate will be an ambassador for the Society in Wales. 

The Board of Trustees is responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of the charity, its financial health and the probity of its activities, pursuing its objectives in accordance with the Royal Charter and compliance with legal and regulatory obligations.

For an informal conversation about the role, please contact Allison Howe, Head of Governance on 020 3772 9153

Closing date: extended to 04 January 2021

Early Years Open Call

Nesta have launched an Open call to Local Authorities in Wales, Scotland and England to develop innovation partnerships with Nesta to support children in their early years (Age 0-5)
This is part of the Equalising Life Chances mission in Nesta's new strategy. Partners can now access 3-5 years of committed time from the interdisciplinary Mission Team at Nesta.
There is up to £200k of funding available (to be divided between 1-3 partner LAs)

For further Information please follow these links:

About the programme

Benefits and Expectations

The deadline for EOIs is 23rd December

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