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ADSS Cymru Members' Bulletin - 25 February 2021
Our February edition of our Members' Bulletin contains information on opportunities to get involved and important sector news of relevance to ADSS Cymru Members.

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Internal News
Condolences and thoughts for the passing of Mark Jones, Senior Head of Service, Adult Social Care, Wrexham

It is with great sadness that we communicate the passing of Mark Jones, Senior Head of Social Care in Wrexham, which happened earlier this month.

Colleagues have spoken on behalf of both Wrexham County Council and ADSS Cymru of their sadness at the loss of an esteemed colleague and friend.

Alwyn Jones, Chief Officer for Social Care in Wrexham, said:

"Mark was a friend, a colleague, a hugely respected member of the Adult Social Care team, a leader of the Social Care Service in Wrexham and Senior Head and Head of Service who made hugely significant contributions to the improvement of services and most recently in response to the pandemic itself".

Nicola Stubbins, President ADSS Cymru said:

"Mark had such a keen eye for detail on social work legislation and practice and was a wonderful example of the profession. He championed social work and really engaged with ADSS Cymru and the workstreams. The last time I saw him was at our spring conference last year – he really enjoyed the learning and peer support that ADSS Cymru offered". 

Mark will be very much missed by colleagues across ADSS Cymru, and our deepest condolences go out to his wife and their children at this most difficult time.
EU Transition
The new relationship with the EU: What it means for Wales

Earlier this month, Welsh Government published it's analysis of the implications of the UK’s new relationship with the EU, as set out in the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA), related agreements and joint declarations.

See the written statement from Welsh Government here:

The full report is available here:
Get Involved - current consultations

Workshop Consultations
Rebalancing Care and Support White Paper- March 2021

Thank you to this who have booked onto the consultation workshops to date. There are limited spaces remaining on only two of the below workshops and would advise you to book on fast (by clicking in the below booking link), if you wish to attend. The bookings are open until the date of the event:
Rebalancing the sector – Thursday 4th March- 10:30am-12:30pm- ALL SPACES ARE FULLY BOOKED

Developing a national commissioning framework – Friday 5th March- 10:30am-12:30pm: ONLY 5 SPACES REMAINING

Strengthening regional arrangements – Wednesday 10th March- 10:30am-12:30pm: ONLY 1 SPACE REMAINING
As a leadership body ADSS Cymru wants to support and influence how reform is taken forward and in doing so offer its’ expertise and experience to place social care on a more stable footing as we plan for the future.

In addition to the standard consultation questions (outlined in the key issues papers attached), which we encourage you to answer (in the table) there are some issues which ADSS Cymru members might want to consider as we formulate a response to the consultation.

If you are unable to attend these consultations, but wish to submit your written response, please forward these directly to Paul Pavia:

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 | 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:

Social Care Futures White Paper This is a note at this stage, for members reference. 
Closing date 06 April 2021
Click here to email Paul Pavia, ADSS Cymru Policy and Research Lead (
News from Partners

Talking Heads for the Health and Wellbeing Conference

Social Care Wales, in partnership with Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW), are planning a health and wellbeing conference. As part of this conference, they are looking for Senior Managers and Executives to share their experience of the last 12 months and their approach to their own self care and managing their health and wellbeing.

The attached guide provides a little more detail on what could be covered in this:

Any submissions need to be emailed to Claire Smith, HEIW by 31 March 2021


 Value-based Health and Care (VBHC) bursary opportunities

The Value-Based Health and Care (VBHC) Academy Executive Education Courses, are designed for senior leaders from health and care systems around the world. This includes provider organisations, governments, payers, charities, patient groups, life science companies, universities and other organisations that are actively working in health and care.

For further information about the next course, that start in March 2021 and the MA/Doctorate programmes please visit the website
This offer has been developed as part of the Welsh Governments Intensive Leadership Academy (ILA) offer for health and social care leadership in Wales and bursaries are available for each of the programmes.


The Measuring the Mountain project has now ende but the website, will remain live until 2026 and hosts all of the project’s materials.

There is an incredible amount of information available on the site, including:
  • Story-Gathering report (pdfs & word documents) outlining all the key findings from the stories
  • The Citizens’ Jury report containing 15 recommendations made by Jurors, as well as the 2018 Citizens’ Jury report
  • A database of over 450 stories gathered in 2019 / 2020
  • Links to YouTube channel and playlists of sessions from the 2020 Jury
  • Other materials including an outline of the lessons learnt as part of delivering the 2020 Citizens’ Jury as an online event

Showcasing Wales to the World
Visit Wales are looking to find out what activity you are planning for St David’s Day and if you want to work with them to amplify their content.
They are looking for potential partners to register interest by getting in touch via the enquiries email address
More information in the links below:
Getting Involved - ENG
Cymerwch Ran - CYM

It’s good to talk!
Mental health support project for the Polish community in Wales.
The aim of the project is to support Polish adults who live in Wales who experience mental health issues. The project team want to reach out to people who experience multiple barriers from engaging with British agencies to ensure that they access support at the right time. Support will be offered to Polish nationals aged 18 and over.
The services offered are:

  • peer support group for Polish women (predominantly from North Wales)
  • telephone individual emotional support for men and women

Services are delivered by Polish-speaking experienced and qualified professionals and counsellors.
The project is funded by the Community Foundation Wales.
Referrals can be made via the form linked here:

Save the Date
Wales Intergenerational Summit
8 March 2021, 2pm – 4pm

Please hold space in your diary on Monday 8th March for the Wales Intergenerational Summit, being arranged by Age Cymru for Welsh Government and featuring both the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales and the Children’s Commissioner for Wales.

The summit will be held online from 2pm – 4pm, joining instructions and an agenda will be issued closer to the time.
The summit will discuss the recommendations contained in the review of key mechanisms in intergenerational practices, and their effectiveness at reducing loneliness and social isolation.

Book your tickets now by following this link:
Wales Intergenerational Summit / Uwchgynhadledd rhwng Cenedlaethau Cymru at Online event tickets from TicketSource

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