Cardiff Third Sector Council (C3SC) is pleased to announce that, following its campaign and Cardiff Standing Together logomeetings with Cardiff Council and Cardiff and the Vale University Health Board subsequent to the decision to cut funding for third sector organisations made earlier this year, the Cardiff Third Sector Partnership Planning Group has been established.  At its first meeting on 10th May the Group agreed that the key objective of the group will be to maintain transparent procedures that ensure that the third sector is fully involved in the planning and commissioning of services and is structured in such a way that provides for meaningful involvement and leads to the best use of increasingly limited resources in the long term.


The Third Sector Partnership Planning Group, which will be made up of representatives from Cardiff Council, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and key infrastructure and equality Third Sector organisations in Cardiff, will focus on outcomes and delivering the right services for Cardiff in a difficult financial climate and an increased demand on services.  In the context of a clear consensus on the key issues facing the city as articulated in the What Matters strategy, the statutory integrated partnership plan for the city, the Cardiff Third Sector Partnership Planning Group will consider how to ensure a sustainable third sector delivering effectively for Cardiff given the number of service delivery challenges. A key part of this will be the continuing development of new models of collaborative working such as demonstrated in the recent Advice Hub, Substance Misuse commissioning, and Families First exercises.


The representatives on the Third Sector Partnership Planning Group will have the appropriate capacity to consider, respond to and make decisions on all relevant strategic and financial issues. 


  • Cardiff Council will be represented by:

-   Cllr Heather Joyce, Leader, Cardiff Council

-   Cllr Lynda Thorne, Cabinet Member for Communities, Housing and Social Justice, Cardiff Council

-   Christine Salter, Corporate Chief Officer, Resources

-   Sarah McGill, Corporate Chief Officer, Communities

-   Rachel Jones, Operational Manager – Policy, Partnerships and Citizen Focus


  • Cardiff and the Vale University Health Board is represented by:

-   Sharon Hopkins, Executive Director - Public Health, Cardiff & Vale University Health Board

-   Margaret McLaughlin, UHB Independent Board Member - Third Sector Linda Donovan, Head of Strategic and Service Planning


  • The Third sector is represented by key infrastructure and equality organisations:

-   Sheila Hendrickson Brown, Chief Executive, Cardiff Third Sector Council

-   Charles Willie, Chief Executive, Diverse Cymru

-   Aliya Mohammed, Chief Executive, Race Equality First


The Third Sector Partnership Planning Group will meet quarterly.  The outcomes of the meetings will inform key aspects of the decision making process around shared outcomes, emerging issues and the budget setting process during the year.  A communications strategy will be developed to ensure there are adequate opportunities for stakeholders from the third sector to feed into and receive feedback from the Group.


You can read the Terms of Reference for the group here.