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Members Bulletin
13th August 2020
ADSS Cymru & Tier 3 members' bulletin August 2020
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In this issue we highlight our response to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis and highlight other key issues impacting on social care.


Coronavirus (Covid-19) Support for Commissioned Providers

ADSS Cymru is working in partnership with CIW, Social Care Wales, WLGA and Welsh Government to produce a document detailing support for Commissioned Providers. The guidance lists a range of pressures and actions that commissioners may take to address them in dealing with issues arising from the current Covid-19 crisis. This page will continue to be updated as and when necessary.

We are also working with the National Commissioning Board, Welsh Government and others to compile a bulletin drawing together links to the latest updates on guidance for care providers as it has been suggested that there is a need for a consistent source of information. We’re aiming for this to be published on Wednesday. This will also be featured on our website and regularly updated, with emails going out to keep raising awareness.

The bulletin will be featured here: 

Welsh Government / Partner Organisation News

Measuring the Mountain are looking for people who use care and support services, or who are unpaid carers looking after a friend or loved one to make short ‘day in the life of’ videos.  

These will be shown as part of the September Citizens’ Jury, and will be a hugely important part of the event, helping the Jurors to understand more about the day-to-day realities of people’s experiences.

The videos only need to be a minute or two long and can capture any part of someone’s day that they would like to share with us.  

People do not need to be in receipt of formal care and support – people may look after one another within family, or with occasional support; someone may have a full care package; or they may attend local, community activities.  We are keen to showcase a variety of experiences.

You can watch Katie’s video about a day in her life here -

Videos can be submitted using and sending them to – this is free, you do not need to register and it’s very easy to use.  Uploading a video takes a number of minutes so is best done over wifi.

Measuring the Mountain would like to receive the videos by August 31st to help with planning for the Jury – if you plan to make a video but it won’t be ready by August 31st, please contact Katie to have a chat about this as there is some flexibility.

To find our more visit, or follow us on Facebook - or Twitter - @mtmwales

Or contact Katie directly –  / 07964 407 739

‘Time for you’ is new peer support network for managers of domiciliary care services in Wales.  

The network will meet for one hour, every fortnight on Zoom for 12 weeks. Meet ups will have an independent host and you’ll join smaller ‘breakout’ groups to share experiences, discuss any issues you may want advice on, and share tips and ideas. These groups will remain the same over the 12 weeks. This network is aimed at those with a level 4 or 5 qualification running a domiciliary care service or who have responsibility for managing staff or teams. Get in touch if you’re not sure if this is for you. The first meet up will be on Thursday, 3 September at 11.30am. 
To book your place or to find out more, email or 

Health and Care Research Wales and Social Care Wales have recently asked people for their comments and questions about social care and support for older people in Wales. They summarised these into questions that could be answered by research. 
They would now like your help in deciding which questions are the most important.
Please take part in the survey if you are: 
• aged 65 and over who receives care or support  
• a professional, volunteer or family member who provides that care.  
You don’t need to know about research – they just want to hear your opinion based on your own experience.
It will take about 10 minutes to complete and is open from 29 July to 24 August 2020.
What you think matters!

Samaritans helpline for health and social care workers in Wales

Samaritans have launched a Welsh Government funded helpline which is dedicated both to NHS workers and the social care workforce in Wales.
The bespoke listening service offers emotional support on the phone every day between 7.00am and 11.00pm and is accessible to everyone from the frontline to the back-office, supporting them when they need it most. A Welsh language line will be available for those seeking support in Welsh between 7pm and 11pm

GamCare is an independent charity whose purpose is to promote responsible attitudes to gambling and so prevent vulnerable people from becoming problem gamblers. It aims to ensure appropriate and effective support and treatment is available for those who are harmed by problem gambling.

Problem Gambling is an increasing public health issue, and there is a lack of awareness of services available to support people. GamCare are currently providing online awareness training, which is presented via zoom. 

Please see the links below for further details and if you'd like to be involved:


25/08/2020 13:00 to 15:00




Current Consultations
All current consultations have been paused in light of the current Covid-19 crisis. For further information on any outstanding consultations, please contact Paul Pavia.
Click here to email Paul Pavia, ADSS Cymru Policy and Research Lead (
Key Dates for Members

NSCC2020 Conference *Cancelled*

09 & 10 September 2020
Venue Cymru, Llandudno
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