The Welsh Government needs to speed up the process of collaboration between local authorities according to a National Assembly for Wales Committee.

The Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee conclude that any future local government structure should focus, as a priority, on the way services should be delivered.

The Committee is urging the Welsh Government to show strong leadership with penalties and incentives to drive collaboration forward.

But it also wants to see more of a focus on areas where there will be the most beneficial outcomes for collaboration rather than across the board.

Read the rest of this article on the National Assembly for Wales website.

The Commission reported on its findings on 20 January 2014.Welsh Government logo

The report makes aimed to improve the way public servies are delivered in Wales. 

You can download the report on the Welsh Government website.

To celebrate C3SC’s AGM, we’re hosting a week of activities entitled ‘Meeting the Challenge…’ to provide support to the third sector here in the capital at this challenging time.

  

Sheila Hendrickson-Brown with people holding up ballot cards

Here are the details of the AGM and beyond:

Annual General Meeting - Friday 31st January from 2.00-4.00pm, Committee Room 3, County Hall, Atlantic Wharf, Cardiff

At Cardiff Third Sector Council’s AGM we’re delighted to announce that Eleanor Marks, Director of Communities at the Welsh Government, will explore the Welsh Government’s priority of challenging poverty, whilst Helen Wilkinson from WCVA will share how the third sector can contribute to tackling poverty. Our guest organisation, UK Investors in Equality and Diversity, will talk about the benefits of delivering diversity best practice in challenging times.

You’ll hear about C3SC’s forthcoming work programme to support the sector as we look to the future. Plus, each third sector organisation will have the opportunity to book a bespoke visit from one of our Third Sector Officers to explore funding, commissioning and governance opportunities to make the best of your organisation.

To book your place at the AGM, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. putting ‘AGM’ in the subject line.

  

Meeting the Challenge… Funding: Monday 3rd February from 5.00-8.00pm, C3SC, Brunel House

Join one of our Third Sector Officers (TSOs) for a one-to-one Grantfinder session to look for funding for your organisation, and to discuss how to prepare your organisation for commissioning. With C3SC helping to secure over £200,000 of new funding for our members since last April, the TSO team is looking forward to helping your organisation.
To book a dedicated one-to-one Grantfinder session or to discuss preparing for commissioning, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. putting ‘Grantfinder session’ in the subject line.

    

Meeting the Challenge… Good Governance: Tuesday 4th February from 10.00am - 4.00pm

To be best placed to thrive in the current environment, your organisation needs effective trustees. We’re offering all C3SC members the opportunity to attend the ‘Being a Trustee’ course free of charge as part of this week of activities. The course explores the skills and understanding needed by trustees, the principles of being a trustee, working with the Chief Officer, and the roles and responsibilities of a Board. Find out more about the course here.
To book your place on this free course, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

   

Meeting the Challenge… Proving your Outcomes - Wednesday 5th February from 10.00am - 4.00pm

With the growing need for third sector organisations to evidence the difference they are making to communities when applying for funding, C3SC is offering members a course on Results Based Accountability, free of charge. This one-day training session explores this important methodology that is vital to understand if your organisation is thinking of applying for Lottery funding. Find out more about the course here.
To book your place on this free course, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

    
Meeting the Challenge... Funding - Wednesday 5th February from 5.00-8.00pm, C3SC, Brunel House

Another opportunity to meet with a Third Sector Officer for a one-to-one Grantfinder session to look for funding for your organisation, and to discuss how to prepare your organisation for commissioning.   
To book a dedicated one-to-one Grantfinder session or to discuss preparing for commissioning, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. putting ‘Grantfinder session’ in the subject line.

    

Meeting the Challenge... Getting the Best from ICT and Social Media - Thursday 6th February and Thursday 7th February 2014 (2-day accredited course)

Through the work that C3SC undertakes supporting our members, we hear again and again about the need for development in using computers and social media. This course is designed for those needing a foundation in ICT. 

As part of C3SC’s AGM celebrations, we’re offering our members the ‘IT Skills – Excel and Social Media’ two-day course free of charge. Delegates will need to commit to both days. Please be aware that there will be a written assessment during the course; accreditation will lead to City & Guilds qualification - ICT Level 1.

To book your place on this free course, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    

Please note that C3SC is expecting demand to be high. Places for all courses and sessions above will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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Everyone’s Future is a Big Lottery funded partnership project that aims to tackle negative stereotypes and unfair representation of older and younger people.

A stereotype is an oversimplified image of a particular type of person. Stereotypes ignore the individual and affect how we see ourselves and feel about others.

 Everyone's Future has developed a questionnaire to get your views on how the media treat younger and older people.

The information gathered from the questionnaire will be presented to media professionals; your views are very important and you really can help make a difference.

To access the online questionnaire, please click the following link:  https://ww w.surveymonkey.com/s/C5CNWNL

If you have trouble completing the questionnaire, please contact Louise David, Age Equality Worker, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 01446 700622.

Real progress has been made to improve mental health services in Wales over the past year, a Welsh Government report shows.

Read the rest of this article on the Welsh Government website.