The Welsh Government and statutory partners, such as health boards and local authorities, recognise that the third (or voluntary) sector is a key partner in developing and delivering health and social care services.
The third sector is very diverse with approximately 3,000 organisations working across the Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff. They provide services for older people, children and young people, people with a learning disability, people experiencing mental health issues and in a whole range of other service areas.
The Health and Social Care Facilitator in Glamorgan Voluntary Services (GVS) supports the third sector and statutory partners in a number of ways:
- Promoting partnership working within the sector and across sectors
- Promoting third sector organisations and services to statutory partners and vice versa
- Representing the third sector at strategic planning and partnership groups
- Engaging the sector in consultations and engagement about health and social services
- Supporting the third sector in the Vale of Glamorgan to access GVS’ services and funding advice
- Helping the third sector to overcome barriers to service delivery and partnership working
- Acting as the lead organisation on development and delivery of services for older people across the Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff
- Facilitating the Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff Carers Support and Information Network Group (CSING) and the Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff Older Peoples Services Third Sector Reference Group
The GVS Health, Social Care and Wellbeing Network, which has a membership of over 250 representatives from all sectors, provides a mechanism for this to happen. Find out more about our Health, Social Care and Wellbeing Network.
The Vale Health and Social Care Facilitator is Linda Pritchard who can be contacted on 01446 741706 or through the contact us page of this website.