The Western Bay Regional Citizens’ Panel was established in February 2016 with the aim of providing a strong strategic voice for stakeholders, offering a greater awareness of and involvement in the Western Bay Programme’s activities and a clearer understanding of how organisations can work collaboratively to deliver against the requirements of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014.
Panel membership is drawn from the mailing lists of the three Councils for Voluntary Services in Bridgend, Neath Port Talbot and Swansea. Membership is ‘fluid’, ensuring meetings and any engagement activities are open to all interested parties (service users, carers, family members, representatives from health and social care related organisations, Local Authority Elected Members).
This approach was favoured by those who attended the first panel meeting, who felt it embodied the spirit of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act’s principles around offering ‘greater voice and control’.
Meetings generally include short presentations on particular aspects of Western Bay’s programme of work, and an opportunity for panellists to discuss the agenda items of the next Western Bay Regional Partnership Board meeting.
All panel meetings are delivered in partnership with the three Third Sector Health Social Care and Well-being Coordinators (based in Neath Port Talbot Council for Voluntary Services, Swansea Council for Voluntary Services and Bridgend Association of Voluntary Organisations).
Anyone interested in finding out more about the panel can contact the Western Bay Programme Office via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone 01792 633805.