What is Cardiff Health, Social Care and Wellbeing Network?

Established in 1999, the Network is a collective group of over 300 members who work in health, social care and wellbeing 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, integrated 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.

You can download the Network's latest monthly e-briefing's here:  June 2019May 2019, April 2019 

Events and meetings

Cardiff Health, Social Care and Wellbeing Network meetings

The dates for the Cardiff Health, Social Care and Wellbeing Network meetings for 2019/20 are:

- 5th December 2019
- 3rd March 2020

If there are any agenda items you would like to be discussed at any future network meetings, please let This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. know.  Suggestions received already include: Cooperation and collaboration; How to influence the political process; What ACE reports will mean in practice; Disguised disability discrimination in employment and lack of employment opportunities and support for people with disabilities in Wales; Welsh Language/Context and Active Offer Principle; Risk Assessment; and the Impact of the EU referendum.

Briefing from the June 2019 Network Meeting 

Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014

Analysis of C3SC Consultation responses:

Substance Misuse Consultation: Welsh Government are consulting on a  new Substance misuse deliver plan 2019-2022 (https://gov.wales/substance-misuse-delivery-plan-2019-2022) The consultation is open until the 9 August 2019 if you want to submit a response directly.  C3SC will be providing a collated response on behalf of the third sector so if you have any comments you would like including in a combined response please provide these to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 5pm on Thursday, 25 July 2019

A-Z Carers' Directory   Updated in 2018Carers 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.

download a PDF of the directory here.

Funding opportunities


Cardiff and Vale University Health Board’s proposals for Non-Complex Surgery for Adults in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan

We would like to hear your views on a proposal to increase the range of non-complex surgery for residents of Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan that is provided at University Hospital Llandough (UHL).  Routine surgical services are already well developed at UHL and we would like to build on that with an initial focus on moving some day case and short stay Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) surgery from UHW to UHL.

Emergency pressures on the University Hospital of Wales site (UHW) in Cardiff often lead to short notice cancellations of planned surgery. We believe that providing more of this type of surgery at UHL will lead to a much better patient experience with reduced on-the-day cancellations and shorter waiting times, as we will be able to organise services more efficiently.

Please go to the UHB website to read the Engagement Document and tell us what you think.

Responses to the questions contained in the Engagement Document can be returned via the following options:

-  By email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

-   By post to:

Mike Bond – Director of Operations Surgery Clinical Board


University Hospital of Wales

Heath Park

Cardiff CF14 4XW

-  By hand to a member of staff in the Surgery service

You can also contact the local Community Health Council (CHC) for more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The closing date for responses is 20 September 2019.


News and Other info: 

  • Welsh Ambulance NHS Trust: October 2019 InfoBurst newsletter is available now

  • Minimum alcohol price set in Wales for 2 March 2020 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-50068865

  • Disabled women’s participation in economy Chwarae Teg is carrying out a research into disability and employment, in which we will explore the barriers that disabled women experience in their careers. The research aims to help decision makers and employers to make positive changes for disabled people in employment.

The research will conduct an online survey targeting both disabled women and men, who have been in employment, to explore common and differentiated barriers between the genders. Alongside the survey, the research will also conduct focus group discussions in Cardiff, Swansea and Wrexham. Unlike the online survey, the focus groups will be disabled women only to achieve a detailed discussion on the experiences of disabled women and the barriers specific to women.

This research is based on the Social Model of Disability.


Identifying as disabled according to the Social Model of Disability means that individuals living with impairments and/or health conditions are disabled by barriers within society and not by their impairments or differences. These barriers can be physical, like inaccessible buildings, or they can be caused by people's negative attitudes towards disabled people, for example.

In this research, we will explore what differentiates disabled women’s experience from non-disabled women and disabled men. The research will focus on working age disabled women and men and ask about their experience in employment including self-employment. Alongside the experiences of disabled people, the research will explore the current employability support programmes, their accessibility to disabled women and the gaps in the policy frameworks.

The audience for this research are policy makers, businesses, third sector organisations and the wider public.

The survey link is:  https://chwaraeteg.com/news/ct-survey-disability-and-employment/

Links for the focus groups can be found here: 

Wrexham - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/discussing-disabled-womens-experiences-of-work-wrexham-tickets-73799326773?ref=estw

Cardiff - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/discussing-disabled-womens-experiences-of-work-cardiff-tickets-73574540431?ref=estw

Swansea - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/discussing-disabled-womens-experiences-of-work-swansea-tickets-73805703847?ref=estw


  • The Accolades: The Accolades are back and we’re now accepting entries and nominations! The Accolades are awards that recognise, celebrate and share excellent work by organisations, groups or teams in social care, early years and childcare.  TheWeCare Wales award celebrates individual care workers in Wales who have a positive impact on people’s lives.  The difference between the WeCare Wales award and the Accolades is that we’re asking for nominations for the WeCare Wales award and the winner will be decided by a public vote. Find out more here!

  • Chat Health: When a young person texts 07520 615 718 they will connect to a School Nurse where they can obtain confidential advice, information and support. The service is active Monday to Friday and out of hours there will be a bounce-back messaging system offering a range of contact details for other organisations. 

    Cardiff and Vale UHB are the first in Wales to offer the service which is widely used across England.

    Chat Health is an additional service to the weekly School Nurse Drop-ins, which are currently being reviewed to ensure that staff are fully equipped to support emotional and mental health issues.


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  • Stroke Association are starting Movement to Music sessions in partnership with Rubicon Dance on 12th September at Ely & Caerau Community Hub, Cardiff. The sessions are available to all affected by stroke and are free of charge currently. This will be a weekly session running termly. If anyone is interested or would like to find out more they can contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact 01745 508531.

  • Appointment of  3 Non-Executive Directors to the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust
    Follow this link to the WG advert and information pack. For further information regarding the role of the Non-executive Director, please contact Martin Woodford, Chair of the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    There are two open half- days at Wrexham Ambulance Station on Thursday 5th September and Barry Ambulance Station on Friday 6th September - both 10am start ahead of the 13th September closing date.
    Please email Martin Woodford Chair, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Keith Cox This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in coming along.

  • Helpforce Cymru: Please see a summary of current activities of Helpforce Cymru for information
  • Integrated Autism Service: The ASD national team at the WLGA have published new Supporting Guidance for the Integrated Autism Service
  • Cardiff and Vale Social Value: The Cardiff and Vale Social Value Forum Progress Report 2018/19 is now available. 
  • Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust: June 2019 Info Burst newsletter is available.            
                                                                      May 2019 Info Burst Newsletter is available.
                                                                      July 2019 Info Burst Newsletter is available. 
  • The British Liver Trust is undertaking a patient survey. Your answers will also help them improve the care and information they provide and enable them to better campaign on behalf of all liver patients. If you are willing to take the survey please click on this link.  Please pass on to anyone you think may be interested. 
  • Tender opportunity for provision of a Cardiff and Vale Carer's Gateway - deadline for bids is 13th August

    The NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership, hosted by Velindre NHS Trust are acting on behalf of Cardiff and Vale University Local Health Board who are seeking to establish a contract for a Carer’s Gateway.

    The Carers Gateway will aim to improve the quality of life for carers, and the cared for, in Cardiff and the Vale, helping them sustain their caring role and enhance their ability to have a life outside caring. It will do this by making it easier for carers to access information about support and services in the region.

    The awarded bidder will provide a Gateway which will provide a ‘one stop shop’ approach to supporting and engaging with carers, providing them with information and advice about services which will support them in their caring role. The Gateway will link with existing services and providers, will not duplicate services already provided and will act as the central link across the region for unpaid Carers. It will do this through a centralised helpline and email enquiry line and face to face support via drop in sessions in community locations, so carers are able to receive information and advice closer to home.

    Please follow the link for more information: https://www.sell2wales.gov.wales/search/show/search_view.aspx?ID=JUL303601

  • Memorandum of Understanding (MOU): A new era in partnership working between the Third Sector and the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board has recently been signed, reflecting shared ambitions for improving health outcomes and a commitment to working together to deliver the UHB’s ten year strategy Shaping Our Future Wellbeing.

The UHB Framework for Working with the Third Sector and the supporting arrangements of an annual Action Plan and Steering Group, set up in 2012, have played a key role in establishing a strong relationship between the UHB and local third sector.  They have supported a joined up approach to the delivery of Shaping Our Future Wellbeing and have embedded a collaborative partnership approach into the way we work together strategically and operationally.

The mechanisms for continuing those strong relationships now need to change to reflect the ‘new’ partnership arena established via key pieces of legislation and Welsh Government policy.  In particular, this includes the roles of the Regional Partnership Board and the Public Services Boards, and the opportunities offered by the shared commitment to the wider transformation and locality agenda.

A MOU has therefore been developed to reflect this new environment, replacing the Framework for Working with the Third Sector; it provides a written statement of our joint commitments and intentions.  The Third Sector is represented in this context by C3SC and Glamorgan Voluntary Services as the local County Voluntary Councils.  The Health, Social Care and Wellbeing Networks in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan were invited to comment on a draft, prior to the signing of the final MOU.  The MOU will be reviewed annually.

Welsh version available here


Briefings following external events 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.

Useful links




To find out more:

To find out how you can become a member of the Cardiff Health, Social Care and Wellbeing 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.


Children’s Commissioner report: The Children’s Commissioner has launched a report called ‘A Charter for Change Protecting Welsh Children from the Impact of Poverty’ It has been informed by real experiences and covers schools, access to food, public transport, accessing activities in the wider community and involvement of children in planning and other impacts arising from povery.