What is Cardiff Health and Social Care Network?

Established in 1999, the Network is a collective group of over 200 members who work in health and social care in Cardiff.

The Network:

  • Presents a collective voice from the third sector, and facilitates and encourages involvement in joint planning groups;
  • Influences local, regional and national policy by responding to consultations;
  • Co-ordinates and maintains communication channels between the voluntary and statutory sector;
  • Identifies gaps in provision;
  • Responds to unmet needs;
  • Campaigns/lobbies for better services.

Membership of the Network is open to individuals working in third sector organisations whose area of benefit is Cardiff. This can include national or regional voluntary organisations' projects or offices if they are based in Cardiff.


Events and meetings

Cardiff Managers: Workshop, 10am-1pm Thursday 28 September 2017

A workshop will be run on the Social Care Wales - Transforming Care in the 21 Century Consultation on registration qualification and fees.  The information collected will be used to inform the Cardiff and Vale Regional Workforce Partnership’s response to the consultation, to book a place please visit Cardiff Council’s Learning Pool website.

Have your say in the development of a Commissioning Framework for Cardiff and Vale UHB: The UHB are developing a commissioning framework in order to deliver a UHB organisation-wide approach to commissioning. In order to develop a framework they are looking for input from the third sector as partners and provider organisations, there is an information sheet and brief questionnaire which is available on the C3SC website.  The deadline for responses is the 1 September 2017.

Cardiff Health and Social Care Network meetings

The dates of the remaining Cardiff Health and Social Care network meetings in 2017/18 are:

- 9.30am, Tuesday 5 September 2017 - Harbour Room, Baltic House
- 9.30am, Tuesday 5 December 2017
- 9.30am, Thursday 8 March 2018

If there are any agenda items you would like to be discussed at future network meetings, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Suggestions received already include: Cooperation and collaboration; How to influence the political process; What ACE reports will mean in practice; and the impact of the EU referendum.

Notes and papers from the previous meeting

Briefings following external evetns and meetings

The Health and Social Care Facilitators attend a range of different meetings and events, following some of these they produce briefings for the third sector.

Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014


A-Z Carers' Directory   Updated in 2016Carers Directory 2016 updated version

In January 2010, the ‘Carers Strategies (Wales) Measure 2010’ came into force and places a duty on all health boards to create a Carers’ Information and Communication Strategy that will demonstrate how they will support carers.
Joint work was undertaken by Cardiff and the Vale University Health Board (UHB) in developing their strategy, in partnership with local authorities, C3SC, VCVS and the third sector. The strategy has now been submitted to Welsh Government for approval.
The working group has maintained its structure in order to deliver key pieces of work that will offer benefits to carers. This includes a Cardiff and Vale Carers’ Handbook, training and learning resources for staff from statutory agencies and the third sector, and the Cardiff and Vale A-Z Carers’ Directory.

This Directory offers a collated reference book of third sector and statutory services that carers can access for support.

If you are a carer or a carer service provider and would like to contact the Cardiff and Vale Health Board, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To request copies of the Carers' Directory, please email Sarah Capstick at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or you can download a PDF of the directory here.






Funding opportunities

  • 2017 Knowledge Exchange Grant Scheme Launched: The Scheme is for Policy Makers and Practitioners in Wales working in health and/or social care.  The central support team at the National Centre for Population Health & Wellbeing Research (NCPHWR) is always looking for new ways to ensure that the research the Centre produces has an impact in ‘real life’ and that they are working on the questions that really matter to policy makers and practitioners. One of the most effective ways to do this is through involving the users of research right from the start.  As a result they are focusing their grant scheme on supporting organisations to get involved with writing collaborative research bids with our teams in Swansea, Bangor or Cardiff Universities. By offering grants of up to £1000 to potential partner organisations, they intend to increase the number of successful research bids that secure funding from large organisations.  For more information please visit the NCPHWR website, the deadline for initial ideas is the 31 August 2017.

  • Call for expressions of interest for 2018-21 Section 64 mental health grant. Funding is available for third sector organisations to run projects across Wales. This will be a bidding round for funding to be made available from 2018-21. Grant assistance will be provided to successful voluntary organisations delivering mental health projects on an all Wales basis which support Together for Mental Health outcomes including the priorities associated with its delivery plan for 2016-19. Please submit expressions of interest no later than 6pm on Friday 30 June 2017
  • HIV in the UK: Think Digital - 10th April 2017 to 19th May 2017 (midday).

  • Moneysavingexpert.com - Living with Long Term Challenges: Projects should focus on: Dementia, Autism, Learning Difficulties, Disabilities, Caring Responsibilities, Mental illness, Brain injury, Stroke. Apply between 1st February - 2nd March 2018.
  • Moneysavingexpert.com - Building and Developing Resilience: Projects should focus on: Mental health, Well-being, Cook Well for Less, Training Others, Independent Living Skills, Peer Mentoring. Apply between 1st September 2018 - 28th September 2018.

  • Care and Wellbeing Fund: The £12 million investment fund focuses on community-based provision, integrated health and social care services, and prevention and wellbeing approaches. It is looking to invest in ventures that are structured as social enterprises – either as CICs or limited companies - and that tackle the challenges faced by those with long-term health conditions. There is no formal application process or set funding rounds.
  • Funding opportunity: The Dunhill Medical Trust.

More funding opportunities



  • Consultation relating to Phase 2 of implementation of the Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016 - closes on 25 July 2017 (Consultation event in Cardiff on Wednesday 21 June).
  • Review of the Social Care Induction Framework - this Social Care Wales consultation closes on 23 June 2017.
  • Survey on running groups across Wales.
  • The draft Cardiff and Vale Dementia Strategy 2017-2027 is now available at https://www.c3sc.org.uk/networks/networks-doc-lib/cardiff-health-social-care-network/news/1795-draft-dementia-strategy-c-and-v-2017-2027-v3/fileIf you would like comments including in a collective C3SC response please provide these to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the 28 August 2017.  Alternatively if you would like to provide feedback directly then please email your comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Monday, 4 September 2017.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  More consultations...

Consultation responses


News and Other Info

  • The July 2017 edition of the On Board newsletter is now available on our website.
  • The Welsh Ambulance NHS Service Trust’s Info Burst for July 2017 is now available
  • Life coaching in Cardiff for Carers: The Disability Advice Project are able to offer people who are carers support to gain confidence and achieve personal goals through life coaching during 2017.  If you are a caring for someone, are aged over 25 and unemployed them the service is available for free.  For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 01633 432813.
  • Social Value Champions: The Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Integrated Health and Social Care Partnership is looking to 'appoint' a number of Social Value Champions to help develop the Social Value Forum's work.  For more information and to access the expression of interest form, please visit the Integrated Health and Social Care Partnerships website.  The deadline for expressions of interest is the 11 September 2017.
  • The Nursing and Midwifery Council will be holding a 'What Will We Need From Nurses in 2030?' event, to hear patients' views on their consultation on the the future of nursing. The event will be held on Thursday 20th July from 2pm-6pm at the Cardiff Marriott Hotel.
  • Cardiff Council will be running a Creative Writing course for those with an experience of mental health issues.
  • The Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust Info Burst Newsletter for June 2017 has now been published.
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University Research Project – Elderly and risk of falling. The study requires people aged 20-30 years old and those who are 65-80 years old.  They need to be individuals with no history of neurological/neuromuscular disorders that would affect the balance or gait ability will be recruited.  For more information and for how to apply please see the Participant Information Sheet.


Useful links


To find out more:

To find out how you can become a member of the Cardiff Health and Social Care Network, or for any other information, please contact Sarah Capstick by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling her on (029) 2048 5722.



We emailed you recently about our consultation on the future of nursing. We have a series of UK events to hear patients’ views. Our next event is on Thursday 20 July in Cardiff and whilst we have had some interest from patients and the public we are currently quite low on sign ups.