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
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 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||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|
MINUTES FROM THE TSPC COVID RECOVERY SUB GROUP
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.
|Health & Social Services||Vaughan Gething|
|Housing & Local Government||Julie James|
|Mental Health, Wellbeing & Welsh Language||Eluned Morgan|
|Economy & Transport||Ken Skates|
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
MINISTERIAL MEETING PAPERS, AGENDAS AND MINUTES
|Portfolio||Minister/Deputy Minister||Planning group papers||Final meeting papers|
|Finance||Rebecca Evans||Agenda 22.02.21
|Health and Social Services||Vaughan Gething
|Notes 09.03.21||WCVA Notes 28.01.21|
and Rural Affairs
|Lesley Griffiths||Agenda 15.03.21|
|Housing and Local Government||Julie James
|Agenda 04.03.21||Agenda 12.11.20|
|Mental Health, Wellbeing and Welsh Language||Eluned Morgan||
|Economy and Transport||Ken Skates
|Education||Kirsty Williams||Agenda15.03.21||Agenda E&W 03.12.20|
|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 Jessica Williams for more information on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0300 111 0124.