This is the newest project to feature as part of the Programme’s activity and focuses on the implementation of the Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014.
As the new Act places a strong emphasis on wellbeing and person-centred care, the project aims to support consistency of prevention and wellbeing services across the Western Bay region. Its scope will incorporate three key areas of work.
- A Wellbeing Resource – Working with the third sector to ensure advice and support services are available to those who need them. Bridgend, Neath Port Talbot and Swansea Councils for Voluntary Services will work together to map existing prevention and wellbeing resources.
- Local Area Co-ordination (LAC) – This innovative model promotes strong, inclusive communities and gives those accessing services greater control over how their care is delivered (see www.inclusiveneighbourhoods.co.uk for further information). Recruitment of staff to facilitate LAC implementation across the Western Bay region is currently underway.
- Advice, Information and Assistance – This is a specific requirement of the new Act. Three Social Services and Wellbeing Act Implementation Officers have been appointed and are undertaking a self-assessment exercise to establish how advice and information services are currently delivered and where improvements can be made.