November has been a busy month for Participation Cymru, we have had a mini move in Baltic House and we’re settling into our new room on the opposite side of the building, looking over Cardiff’s famous Coal Exchange from a slightly different angle than what we’re used to!
Besides sorting through boxes and moving furniture it’s been business as usual for us: Mandy has been facilitating an Action Learning Set for Gwalia while Siobhan has been developing a training session on Consultation Language and Style which is being delivered for Rhondda Cynon Taf & Merthyr Tydfil Local Service Board. Sarah attended the Local Government Data Unit Conference in Swansea to promote the work of Good Practice Wales and the Public Engagement Working Group and Jon has completed his Public Engagement: theory and practice accredited training course. Jon has promised to write a blog post talking about what he learnt at the course – so watch this space!
We were also lucky enough to be invited to Barod Community Interest Company’s launch event at the National Assembly for Wales. The launch was held over lunchtime and included speakers from the National Energy Savings Trust (NEST), All Wales People First and a fun participative session facilitated by Dynamix. The session used the ‘traffic light voting’ participatory method which is also featured in this month’s Participation Cymru Newsletter. The event was sponsored by Mark Isherwood AM, who chairs the cross-party group on Disability.
Throughout November we have been recruiting members to CSSIW’s National Advisory Board. This is a great opportunity for carers, service users and volunteers to be involved with the way care and social services are inspected in Wales. Members of the National Advisory Board will give their comments and opinions at a really important level where they can make real changes. They will help to suggest solutions to the findings of CSSIW’s work and the challenges facing care and social services. They will have an input into CSSIW’s future work plans and Chief Inspector’s Annual Report.
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