Inaugural Meeting: North Wales Social Value Forum Steering Group

A group of like-minded and motivated individuals from across third, independent and statutory sectors have joined forces in North Wales to explore how to promote social value in public services.

This Steering Group met for the first time in November 2016 and began to explore how North Wales’ partners can:

  1. i) Promote the development of not for private profit organisations (including social enterprises, co-operative organisations, co-operative arrangements, user led services and the third sector) to provide care and support and support for carers, and preventative services. A duty placed on Local Authorities and their Health Board partners under Part 2, section 16 of the Social Services & Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014
  1. ii) Promote collaboration with an aim of maximising social value and coproduction(the involvement of people for whom care & support or preventative services are to be provided, in the design and operation of that provision) across all sector providers delivering health, social care and/or wellbeing services in North Wales

We intend to meet every 4 – 6 weeks and will agree a Terms of Reference and annual Work Programme.

We actively want to engage with citizens and providers, to develop local community based forums and wish to have a role in supporting and co-ordinating any of the existing great work that is ongoing in each county.

A key objective will be to share learning across the region, we have gratefully accepted an invitation offered by Cwm Taf Social Value Forum to learn together and share developments. We have also made links with Co-Production Network Wales and the Wales Co-operative Centre’s Care to Co-operate project in order to share asset maps and best practice.

Call to share knowledge & expertise:

We have been reviewing the Code of Practice to support Part 2 of the Social Services & Wellbeing Act and are considering our definition of ‘social value’. We understand that there are many definitions that range in context from public sector procurement definitions to those which focus on additional wellbeing benefits and increasing social capital.

If you would like to share your definition, to support us to develop ours, or would like to make other links with our steering group or please contact Maria Bell.


Poetry, football, and ballroom dancing – “unexpected ways” to reduce alcohol harm


Communities Together is a community development project in north Pembrokeshire. It’s a project about facing up to alcohol issues in our communities – but one that didn’t begin with questions about alcohol at all.

Here in Wales, much like our neighbours across the British Isles, we don’t always have the healthiest relationship with alcohol. Doctors and public health workers have been telling us for decades to cut back. It’s a simple message, but in our complicated lives it’s not always an easy one to follow.

Telling people to live healthier lives doesn’t work. But what happens if we ask people what good health would look like for them? The pioneering American alcohol researcher Dr Harold Holder has urged “the well-intentioned people who introduce programmes into communities”, to engage with the community, relinquish control, and be prepared for things to happen in “unexpected ways”. That’s exactly what we did. Poetry, football, and ballroom dancing have been just some of the “unexpected” outcomes.

We believe that we’ve created a new paradigm for getting to grips alcohol issues in our communities. To find out more, contact the Project Manager,
Marc Mordey.

co-production, communities

Free advisory service – Research Design and Conduct Service (RDCS)

Do you work in the NHS or social care and want to do research? If so, did you know that there is a free advisory service that you can access that provide unlimited support to help develop high quality funding applications? The Research Design and Conduct Service (RDCS) is just that!

We are an all-Wales service with centres in Swansea, Bangor and Cardiff.  We have academic expertise in statistics, health economics, qualitative research, data management, trial management, patient and public involvement and in writing grant applications.

If you have an idea, no matter how fledgling, you can contact us to discuss it. We would love to chat with you about your idea and help you develop and refine it. We are a very friendly bunch and will be able to signpost you to all sorts of resources to help you in your research plans.

Our goal is to increase the research funding coming into Wales and to help develop chief investigator capacity. We would love to hear from you so get in touch today! Contact details for all of the RDCS services are available here.

Experiments with co-housing:

“It’s like up-cycling the neighborhood — connecting existing resources to make them work,” García explains. “For example, all this workforce that’s unemployed, all these empty spaces that are without use, all these elderly people that need help, all these natural resources that are not being taken care of — making a project for all these things.”