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ADSS Cymru Members' Bulletin - 24 June 2021
Our June edition of our Members' Bulletin contains information on the planning of our Summer Festival 2021, opportunities to get involved and important sector news of relevance to ADSS Cymru Members.

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Internal news
News from strategic partners

Internal News

ADSS Cymru Members’ Summer Festival, 12 – 16 July 2021 

Reminder: Please book your place to attend the ADSS Cymru Members' Summer Festival. 

You can register via the ADSS Cymru website:

The festival is a virtual event for members and invited guests, with opportunities to network and share experiences with colleagues, learn about and discuss the latest developments for the organisation and our strategic partners, and share in the good practice that has taken place across social care and health over the last year. There will be a mix of live and pre-recorded sessions, along with well-being activities to help support you and your colleagues.

Details of the programme are being updated frequently and can be viewed here:

Get involved: Would you like to host a workshop, highlight a piece of good practice or recommend a speaker? Get in touch with us at with any ideas you may have.
News from Strategic Partners


Colleagues from the Welsh Institute for Health and Social Care, University of South Wales in partnership with academics from Swansea, Cardiff and Bangor Universities have been researching the implementation of the Social Services and Well-being Act – the IMPACT study:

The project commenced in November 2018, and publications from the work to date can be found here:

A more extensive description of their work will follow in the next email and bulletin – this brief note gives an outline of three areas of focus for the next phase of their work over the coming months. Firstly, they are engaged in an extensive exercise to hear from service users and unpaid carers about their experiences of care and support under the Act. Secondly, they are working with local authority colleagues and the National Commissioning Board to discuss the financial and economic implications of the Act; and thirdly, they are working to understand key features of multi-agency working in moving towards consensus on what matters.

If you have any questions about the study, please contact Professor Mark Llewellyn:

Join Adoption UK Cymru and the National Adoption Service for the Adoption Barometer report launch

Tuesday 29th June 2021, from 12pm to 1pm (online) 

This event will begin with an overview of the latest Adoption Barometer survey results from across the UK, followed by a special breakout session for audiences in each of the nations.

The annual Adoption Barometer is a comprehensive stocktake of the adoption landscape across the UK. For this year’s report, the In-Focus topic is ‘Transitions to Adulthood’ which puts the experiences and voices of adopted people at the heart of the discussion.

Guest speakers include the Deputy Minister for Social Services, Julie Morgan MS.

Here is the link to register


For enquiries about the event, please contact Adoption UK Cymru

HC-UK Conferences for Social Care

HC-UK are offering a 20% discount with code hcuk20ADSSCYMRU on social care conferences that might be of interest to members to support their CPD. Please see the attached flyer for further information and ways to register.

HC-UK Conferences Flyer

The office of the Older People's Commissioner for Wales has compiled information on the following ongoing campaigns in support of older people.

1. Get Help Stay Safe Leaflet

We now have some leaflets in more accessible versions.

Audio and BSL versions of the abuse leaflet are available here -

We also have Braille copies and audio CDs that we can send out to partners upon request.

We are also still distributing hard copies, so please do keep sharing

2. Portrayal of Older People in News Media

Please also find attached a copy of the report published by the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales – Portrayal of Older People in News Media. The report examines the ways that the language, content and tone of news articles may influence attitudes towards older people.

The report shows that over two-thirds of the news stories analysed portrayed older people in a negative way, painting a picture of older people as being in ill-health, being victims, or being a burden on society.

These can also be found on our website in English and Welsh

In addition, following an event which took place on Tuesday 15 June, Transforming services for older people at risk of or experiencing abuse, we would like to re-share the weblinks to the new website to help older people who are being abused, or those at risk, find the information, advice and support they need.



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