The Third Sector Scheme is unique in the UK. It legislates for Welsh Government to engage with the third sector.

WCVA facilitates the engagement under this scheme through biannual meetings with each Minister, plus meetings of the Third Sector Partnership Council.

On this page you’ll find information about the Third Sector Scheme and the Third Sector Partnership Council and Ministerial Meetings, some of our mechanisms for the sector to access government.

You’ll also find papers, agendas and minutes from Ministerial Meetings below. For information about current consultations from the Senedd, Welsh Government and others, and an archive of WCVA’s responses to consultations, please visit our consultations page.


The Third Sector Scheme is a statutory piece of legislation setting out how Welsh Government and the voluntary sector will work together and communicate with one another.  

It offers the sector formal routes for talking to Government and raising the concerns of our members and service users. These include biannual meetings with the Third Sector Partnership Council, as well as biannual ministerial meetings between sector networks and each Welsh Government Minister. These meetings are among the key tools the sector uses to influence Welsh Government.


The Third Sector Partnership Council (TSPC) is a key mechanism for the voluntary organisations to talk to, and hear from, Welsh Government.

It’s chaired by Jane Hutt MS and is made up of representatives of voluntary sector networks working across 25 areas of sector activity along with Ruth Marks, Chief Executive of WCVA.

The main purpose of the TSPC is to make sure that the principles set out in the Third Sector Scheme are put into practice. It also provides an opportunity for the sector to raise issues of interest or concern.

Elections to the TSPC take place every five years. Current members and the networks they represent are:

Name Area of interest Network
Helene Hayes Advice and Advocacy Independent Advice Providers Forum
David Bowles Animal Welfare Animal Welfare Network for Wales
Gareth Coles Arts, Culture and Heritage Creative Lives (Formerly Voluntary Arts Wales)
Andrea Cleaver Asylum Seekers and Refugees Welsh Refugee Council
Owen Evans Children and Families Children in Wales
Chris Johnes Community Building Communities Trust
Bernie Bowen Thomson Community Justice Community Justice Cymru
Rhian Davies Disability Wales Disability Reference Group
Cath Hicks Education and Training Adult Learning Wales
Clair Brick Employment Siawns Teg
Karen Whitfield Environment Wales Environment Link
Patience Bentu Ethnic Minorities Race Council Cymru
Rocio Cifuentes Ethnic Minorities  Ethnic Youth Support Team (EYST)
Catherine Fookes Gender Women’s Equality Network Wales
Kate Young Health, Social Care & Wellbeing Health, Social Care, Wellbeing and Sport Planning Group
Ruth Power Housing Homes for All Cymru
Carl Cooper Local and Regional Intermediaries CVC Cymru
Susie Ventris Field International Welsh Centre for International Affairs
Victoria Lloyd Older People Age Alliance Wales
Gethin Rhys Religion Interfaith Council for Wales
Davinia Green Sexuality Stonewall Cymru
Derek Walker Social Enterprise Social Enterprise Network
Matthew Williams Sport and Recreation Welsh Sports Association
Eleanor Norton Volunteering Volunteering Wales Network
Richard Flowerdew Volunteering Volunteering Wales Network
Lowri Jones Welsh Language Mentrau Iaith Cymru
Paul Glaze Youth Council for Wales Voluntary Youth Services
Ruth Marks WCVA Chief Executive WCVA representative

See the minutes from recent TSPC meetings here.


TSPC Covid Recovery Sub Group minutes – 18 September 2020

TSPC Covid Recovery Sub Group minutes – 12 October 2020 

TSPC Covid Recovery Sub Group Minutes – 5 November 2020 

TSPC Covid Recovery Sub Group Minutes – 1 December 2020

Third Sector Partnership Council – Covid-19 Recovery sub-group -Terms of Reference  



As part of the Third Sector Scheme each Welsh Government Minister is committed to meeting with representatives of the relevant networks of voluntary organisations covering their areas of responsibility at least twice in any one calendar year. WCVA has responsibility for arranging at least two network planning meetings to prepare for each meeting, and also ensures that the issues raised from the voluntary sector are of broad relevance to the whole sector in order to maximise the effectiveness of the meetings.


Portfolio Minister
Finance and Local Government Rebecca Evans
Health & Social Services Eluned Morgan
Rural Affairs, North Wales and Trefnydd Lesley Griffiths
Climate Change Julie James
Social Justice Jane Hutt
Education & Welsh Language Jeremy Miles
Economy Vaughan Gething

Please contact for more information.


Portfolio Minister/Deputy Minister Planning group papers Final meeting papers
Finance & Local Government Rebecca Evans  

Notes 06.09.21

Agenda 21.10.21

Paper 1

Paper 2

Notes 21.10.21

Health and Social Services Eluned Morgan
Julie MorganLynne Neagle
Notes 15.07.21

Notes 04.11.21

Rural Affairs and North Wales Lesley Griffiths  



Climate Change Julie James

Lee Waters

Notes 14.06.21

Notes 08.09.21



Social Justice Jane Hutt

Hannah Blythyn

Notes 13.10.21


Economy  Vaughan Gething
Dawn Bowden
Notes 07.06.21






Education and Welsh Language Jeremy Miles Notes 01.06.21

Notes 15.09.21






Copies of papers from meetings with the previous Cabinet are available on request. Please email or call 0300 111 0124.


The Equality and Human Rights Coalition is a network to enable organisations who work in the equalities and human rights field to engage with each other, share information and good practice and influence policy which impacts on the experiences of people who face unequal and discriminatory treatment in Wales.

WCVA facilitates this network. Please contact Jessica Williams for more information on or 0300 111 0124.