The values and value of the voluntary sector to health and social care in Wales – invitation
As you may be aware WCVA has been awarded funding for three years (1 April 2022-31 March 2025) from Welsh Government to deliver a Third Sector Infrastructure for Health and Social Care project.
The project aim is to effectively mobilise relationships, volunteering and support across the health and care system to address priority challenges and maximise the contribution of third sector organisations and volunteers towards health and care outcomes.
As part of this project, Richard Newton Consulting has been commissioned to prepare a paper to be published in Spring 2023 which –
i. Draws upon previously commissioned work and other evidence to describe/depict the diversity and current role of the voluntary sector across the health and care system.
ii. Articulates the values that underpin and provide the ‘USP’ for voluntary sector services that are a.) delivered with investment from the State, and b.) independent of the State and how these relate to the principles of prudent health care, A Healthier Wales and the need to address inequalities in health.
iii. Cites evidence and gives examples and case studies that demonstrate ‘value’ in terms of both positive impact and of prudent financial investment.
iv. Identifies challenges and opportunities for maximising the value of the voluntary sector in community, primary, secondary and social care settings. This will involve exploring relationships with funding and decision-making partners, as well as opportunities for more prudent collaboration between voluntary sector organisations and across sectors.
v. Articulates away forward in which all of our assets (voluntary, public and private sectors) are used in a coherent, integrated and prudent way, in order to achieve national and regional and local strategic priorities-with involvement of the sector at all levels, e.g.: in planning, problem solving, advising as well as delivering health and social care activity
vi. Identifies what needs to change and recommends actions to make this a reality.
Our delivery approach is phased with initial work comprising focus groups, structured conversations and research to identify best practice, building themes for consideration in respect of the USP of the voluntary sector. The second phase will explore in more detail the themes arising and how these can be communicated and addressed.
We recognise that TSSW partners have key knowledge and experience in this area, and in respect of the first phase we would like to take the opportunity invite you and /or your colleagues to a focus group being delivered digitally on
- Charity and Not-for-Profit Focus Group – WCVA 1 – 24th January 2023, 10am – 11:30am
- Infrastructure Organisation Focus Group – WCVA 1 – 25th January 2023, 2pm – 3:30pm
- Public Sector Focus Group – WCVA 1 – 27th January 2023, 10am – 11:30am
- Infrastructure Organisation Focus Group – WCVA 2 – 31st January 2023, 10:30am –12pm
- Charity and Not-for-Profit Focus Group – WCVA 2 – 31st January 2023, 2pm – 3:30pm
- Public Sector Focus Group – WCVA 2 – 1st February 2023, 2pm – 3:30pm
- Wrap Up Focus Group – WCVA 1 – 7th February 2023, 10am – 11:30am
- Wrap Up Focus Group – WCVA 2 – 7th February 2023, 2pm – 3:30pm
Note – the two groups cover the same themes so there is no need to attend both.
You would also be welcome to bring a service user and / or volunteer who has experience of health and social care delivered by the voluntary sector. Please register each participant separately.
Further details about this project can be got from Richard Newton Consulting contact details ([email protected]), and in respect of the wider Third Sector Infrastructure for Health and Social Care project, Fiona Liddell ([email protected])