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ADSS Cymru Members' Bulletin - 29 April 2021
Our April 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
News from strategic partners
Get Involved! - Current opportunities for involvement

Internal News

Farewell and welcome to our Presidents...

April sees the annual handover of the ADSS Cymru Presidency. This year's President is Jonathan Griffiths, Director of Social Services and Housing, Pembrokeshire County Council. Croeso i Jonathan!

You can view Jonathan's introduction video here:

ADSS Cymru is grateful for the leadership of our outgoing President, Nicola Stubbins whose leadership over the last year, particularly throughout the Covid-19 crisis has been invaluable. Commenting on her year as leader, Nicola said:

"As my year as President comes to an end I wanted to thank everyone for their tenacity, hard work and support. It's been an honour and a privilege. Jonathan will be a great President".

You can view' Nicola's review of her year as president here:


Head of the ADSS Cymru Business Unit, Sarah Day, extended thanks on behalf of the organisation:

"Nicola has been an inspirational leader throughout a hugely challenging year and I'd like to thank her for this. She has worked tirelessly to ensure that the social care workforce is recognised and valued for the essential frontline work they do, while continuing to ensure that ADSS Cymru plays a central role in articulating the view of the professional leadership of social care in Wales.  Nicola’s integrity and commitment to striving to achieve the best outcomes for our workforce and the most vulnerable in our communities has been a beacon of light in some really challenging times. It has been a real pleasure and privilege to learn and work alongside her.  

We are looking forward to working Jonathon Griffiths during his term as President. His enthusiasm and willingness to lead us into what we all hope will be a period of recovery and renewal, is something that we all appreciate and look forward to experiencing in the forthcoming months."

Vice Presidents
We would also like to take this opportunity to welcome Ali Bulman, Director of Social Services in Powys who joins Alwyn Jones, Director of Social Services in Wrexham as Vice Presidents of ADSS Cymru. Croeso, Ali!

Presidential meetings

Jonathan Griffiths, is currently involved in a programme of introductory meetings with our key stakeholders.  The opportunity to connect with others in his role as president will no doubt be useful in shaping our collective priorities for the sector for the forthcoming year and beyond. 

Some of the meetings held already include leaders of the following organisations:
  • News chairs of AWASH and AWHOCS (06/04/21)
  • Welsh Institute of Health and Social Care (13/04/21)
  • Older People’s Commissioner (13/04/21)
  • Care Forum Wales (13/04/21)
  • WLGA (23/04/21)
  • Welsh NHS Confederation (23/04/21)
ADSS response to Welsh Government White paper on Rebalancing Care

For full details of the ADSS Cymru response to the Welsh Government white paper on Rebalancing Care.
ADSS Cymru endorses new joint paper calling on the next Welsh Government to show national leadership on ending inequalities

ADSS Cymru, along with 35 organisations from across the across health, social care, transport, and housing have signed up to a joint paper which calls for urgent Welsh Government action on health inequalities.
News from Strategic Partners

Inquiry into the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak, and its management, on health and social care in Wales / Report 3 - Impact on the social care sector and unpaid carers

Please find attached copies of the Committee’s report

Safely reducing the number of children going into care

In their new report, Safely reducing the number of children going into care, the Centre for Social Justice highlights how the care system often delivers poor outcomes at immense cost. When the system fails vulnerable children, it is wider society who pay heavily for this.

For the full report, please follow this link:

Safely Reducing the Number of Children Going into Care

National evaluation of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014, on behalf of Welsh Government

Are you a social care service user or unpaid carer? Is the Social Services and Well-being Act having an impact on you? Share your experiences of care and support under the Act.

During the remainder of 2021, welsh government want to hear from service users, unpaid carers and their families to understand their experiences of care and support under the Social Services and Well-being Act.

How to get involved? The three platforms being used are:

Please find attached a leaflet produced by the Older People’s Commissioner as part of her work to end the abuse of older people.


Get Involved - current opportunities for involvement
Public Health Intervention Responsive Studies Teams (PHIRST) – Local Authority interventions (
The PHR Programme are accepting expressions of interest from Local Authorities that have initiatives in need of research and evaluation. The shortlisted Expressions of Interest will be given to one of our PHIRST to work with the Local Authority to co-produce research. This call opened on 13 April and closes on 8 June. This will be a rolling call, 3 times a year with further deadlines for submissions in September and December 2021. 
Public Health Intervention Responsive Studies Teams (PHIRST) -
4 teams were appointed last year. Due to the success of the scheme so far, the PHR Programme is now seeking to appoint a 5th team. This call, which closes on 15 June is for Expressions of Interest. 
Examples of the projects currently being worked on can be found on the Local Authority Research button on the PHR landing page;
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