The Third Sector Scheme
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
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 AM 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 two years. Current members and the networks they represent are:
|Name||Area of interest||Network|
|Helene Hayes||Advice and Advocacy||Independent Advice Providers Forum|
|Claire Lawson||Animal Welfare||Animal Welfare Network for Wales|
|Gareth Coles||Arts, Culture and Heritage||Voluntary Arts Wales|
|Andrea Cleaver||Asylum Seekers and Refugees||Welsh Refugee Council|
||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||BAME Alliance|
|Rocio Cifuentes||Ethnic Minorities||BAME Alliance|
|Catherine Fookes||Gender||Women’s Equality Network Wales|
|Kate Young||Health, Social Care & Wellbeing||Health, Social Care, Wellbeing and Sport Planning Group|
|John Puzey||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 Cymru|
|Gethin Rhys||Religion||Interfaith Council for Wales|
|Iestyn Wyn||Sexuality||Stonewall Cymru|
|Derek Walker||Social Enterprise||Social Enterprise Network|
|Matthew Williams||Sport and Recreation||Welsh Sports Association|
|Sandy Clubb||Volunteering||Volunteering Wales Network|
|Elin Maher||Welsh Language||Mentrau Iaith Cymru|
|Paul Glaze||Youth||Council for Wales Voluntary Youth Services|
|Ruth Marks||WCVA Chief Executive||WCVA representative|
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.
Ministerial portfolios and WCVA leads
|Finance||Rebecca Evans||Ruth Marks|
|Health and Social Services||Vaughan Gething||David Cook|
|Environment||Lesley Griffiths||Anna Nicholl|
|Housing and Local Government||Julie James||Anna Nicholl|
|International Relations and the Welsh Language||Eluned Morgan||Anna Nicholl|
|Education||Kirsty Williams||Ben Lloyd|
|Economy and Transport||Ken Skates||Matt Brown|
Ministerial Meeting papers, agendas and minutes
|Portfolio||Minister/Deputy Minister||Planning group papers||Final meeting papers|
|Finance||Rebecca Evans||Agenda 11.11.19||Agenda 13.02.20
|Health and Social Services||Vaughan Gething
|Minutes 20.05.20||Agenda 22.01.20|
and Rural Affairs
|Lesley Griffiths||Agenda 20.01.20|
|Housing and Local Government||Julie James
|Agenda 09.12.19||Agenda 30.9.19|
|International Relations and the Welsh Language||Eluned Morgan||Notes 21.10.19||.|
|Economy and Transport||Ken Skates
|Agenda 03.02.20||Agenda 13.11.19|
|Education||Kirsty Williams||Agenda 01.04.20||Agenda 05.02.20|
|Culture, Tourism and Sport||Dafydd Elis-Thomas||.||.|
|Deputy Minister – responsibility for
third sector and equalities
Papers from meetings with the previous Cabinet
Copies of papers from meetings with the previous Cabinet are available on request. Please contact Fiona Harris by emailing email@example.com or call 0300 111 0124.
The Equality and Human Rights Coalition
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 Janine Downing for more information on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0300 111 0124.