On September 12th Cardiff Third Sector Council, Cardiff Council and Cardiff and Vale UHB held the Cardiff Third Sector Symposium at Butetown Community Centre. Exploring sustainability, resilience and co-production, the fully booked event was a huge success with over 40 different organisations in attendance drawn from across the full spectrum of Cardiff’s third sector.

The event saw the launch of a £55,000 Cardiff Transition Fund, a new funding stream for organisations looking to improve their sustainability by remodelling service delivery. Applications are welcome from third sector agencies that have seen their grant reduced by Cardiff Council and are seeking to remodel their delivery to sustain services in the face of funding reductions. You can find out more about the Cardiff Transition Fund here.

After the launch, C3SC members had an opportunity to discuss the fund with members of the Partnership Planning Group and Cardiff Council.


Key actions from the event

  • The Cardiff Third Sector Partnership Planning Group will work with Cardiff Council to ensure that there is consistency in the language used in relation to the Cardiff Transition Fund, notably the definition of services and non-services referred to in the Fund literature.
  • C3SC will continue to represent the third sector during discussions with Cardiff Council to support the development of sustainable funding agreements.
  • C3SC co-hosted a briefing session about the Transition Fund on 20 September 2013.
  • The Cardiff Third Sector Partnership Planning Group and Cardiff Partnership Board will explore trying to bring UHB and Cardiff Council funding cycles into alignment, recognising the value of having concurrent funding timescales.



C3SC was delighted to host presentations and Workshops from leading Co-production experts Governance International, conflict resolution experts FreshTies, and Cardiff Council’s Partnership Development Manager. Copies of the presentations can be found here. 

Workshop 1: “Developing Partnerships, Overcoming Conflict”: Ash Poddar, CEO, FreshTies

Workshop 2: “Co-production: the ‘How to’ Guide”:

Elke Loeffler, CEO, Governance International,

Brendan McCarron, Associate, Governance International

Workshop 3: “Making it Local – Linking your Work to NMTs”:

Nicki Evans, Partnership Development Manager, Policy, Partnership and Citizen Focus, Cardiff Council

Katie Mallam, Third Sector Officer, Cardiff Third Sector Council


Evaluation of the Event

Evaluation of the event confirmed the many positive comments received on the day by attendees, with over 93% of participants recording the day as good or excellent. A further 93% of participants said the event was both useful to them, and related to their work. Standout comments included the ability to learn about Co-production, learning how to best take forward consortiums, and how best to work with the local Neighbourhood Management Teams.


The Next Event

C3SC always seeks the views of its members for future themes for events, and this time members articulated a real desire for more information on commissioning and service production. C3SC will shortly be announcing an event to deliver against these needs. In the meantime, you can find out more about commissioning here.