Neath Port Talbot CVS has continued its active involvement in local, regional and national networks. Representatives from Third Sector forums and networks actively participate and feed Third Sector views to and from joint planning groups.
Children and Young People
The Children and Young People’s Partnership brings together and coordinates services for children and young people to secure the best outcomes from limited resources. Neath Port Talbot CVS, as a partner on the Children and Young People’s Partnership, continues to ensure that Third Sector organisations working with children, young people aged 0-25 years and their families have the opportunity to contribute to the review, development and implementation of the service delivery priorities in the Children and Young People’s Plan.
Western Bay Safeguarding Children’s Board
Neath Port Talbot CVS is the CVC representative on the newly formed Western Bay Safeguarding Children’s Board which aims to build safeguarding arrangements for children and young people across the Neath Port Talbot, Swansea and Bridgend local authority areas.
Anti Bullying Partnership
Coordinates Third Sector and Staturoty Sector organisations to promote anti bullying.
Neath Port Talbot CVS works with its partners to drive forward the Action Plan for Young Carers, raising awareness, providing support and promoting the need for all services and communities to work together to address young carers’ issues, helping them to be children first.
Health Social Care & Wellbeing Executive Group
Neath Port Talbot CVS continues to be a partner in the Group alongside Neath Port Talbot CBC, ABMU Health board and the National Public Health Service helping to ensure the implementation of the HSCWB Strategy. The Regional (ABMU HB) Health Social Care and Wellbeing Network, serviced by HSCWB Facilitators from the 3 CVC’s, provides an opportunity for increased dialogue between the Third Sector and ABMU Health Board. It links directly with the Third Sector Non Officer Member on the Health Board.
Transforming Older People’s Services (TOPS)
Neath Port Talbot CVS is a member of the TOPS Programme board ensuring the Sector is informed about and able to influence the reshaping of services for older people via the Older Persons Forum and the Older Persons Consultation Forum.
Neath Port Talbot Adult Learning Network
Neath Port Talbot CVS is a key partner since this was launched in January 2011 and continues to facilitate Third Sector involvement in Adult Continuing Education in the County Borough. CVS continues to represent the Third Sector on the South West Wales Regional Learning Partnership (RLP) and is a member of the 14-19 Executive Group which aims to ensure the local 14-19 Annual Network Development Plan addresses and delivers the strategic priorities for the Welsh Governments 14-19 Learning Pathways agenda for young people.
Participation, Engagement and Advocacy Partnership
The Children, Young People and Families Participation Officer post is a Children and Young People’s Partnership post hosted by Neath Port Talbot CVS. The post is in place to:
- Enable children, young people and their families in Neath Port Talbot to actively participate in the planning, design, commissioning, delivery and evaluation of services that impact on their lives.
- Lead the work of the Participation, Engagement and Advocacy Partnership.
- Assist in the delivery of the priorities identified within the Children and Young People’s Plan
- Promote best practice in participation to partner agencies and organisations and raise the profile and promote the benefits of participation for children, young people and their families, the organisations working with them and for the communities they live in.
The Participation Officer does this by co-ordinating the Youth Council in partnership with NPT Youth Service. This includes, sub-groups on Health, Communities, Violence against Young People and Crime against Young People. The Communities Group is currently looking at skateboarding, biking and scooter venues and where they are needed across Neath Port Talbot. He supports the Young Inspector’s Programme through training and co-ordinating inspections of organisations and overseeing the Young Researchers, who are looking into children’s rights with under 10 year olds. There are opportunities for Young people to be involved in all aspects of this work.