The Blaenau Gwent Public Services Board (PSB) was formed in April 2016. Since then, the Board has committed to involve people in the development of the Well-being Plan for Blaenau Gwent which will be published in May 2018.
The PSB has a sub group that has created its engagement and involvement plan, the Public Services Board Engagement Group.
Phase 1 involved preparing a draft well-being assessment for the area. The PSB has overseen a process during this period that sought to ensure that the assessment was informed by the views of people in the area.
To support the production of the well-being assessment this group undertook engagement exercises throughout the area between August and September 2016.This was branded the Blaenau Gwent We Want 1. (BGWW1).
In order to speak with as many people as possible and give everyone a chance to have their say, the PSB Engagement sub group took part in many local events, groups and drop in sessions across the Blaenau Gwent area including:
Abertillery, Brynmawr and Ebbw Vale markets and Tredegar Shopping precinct.
The Children’s Grand Council, the 50+ Forum and Access for all events
A UNCRC event in Ebbw Vale, two Communities First events
Three splash youth events in Blaina, Ebbw Vale and Abertillery
A Dementia café, Newtown Rainbow Warriors and the Blaenau Gwent Stroke Group.
Recognising the need for different ways to get involved, people were offered opportunities to complete post cards, media posts, draft poems or complete questionnaires in hard copy or on line.
In total over 1,000 people from across the area took part. Information received was then analysed and built into the draft well-being assessment.
The Board then initiated its next stage of involvement in the form of its statutory consultation on the draft well-being assessment. This was branded the BGWW2. Formal consultation with our partners and communities commenced on 1 February 2017 and ended on 28 February 2017. This formal consultation was conducted in accordance with the Statutory Guidance.
This took a number of forms, publication on the PSB website, sharing the draft with partners and seeking feedback from the Scrutiny Committee, the Future Generations Commissioner and Welsh Government. In addition the PSB commissioned a further range of public engagement events across the Blaenau Gwent area which was undertaken by members of PSB Engagement group and wider partners.
To support the development of the plan a further programme of engagement and involvement known as the Blaenau Gwent We Want 3 commenced in July 2017. In accordance with Statutory Guidance on such matters this involvement phase has sought to build on earlier approaches and focus on capturing further information to help shape the plan and its priorities. This third stage has again involved a collaborative approach and importantly sought to engage with as many people as possible in ways that worked for them.
In addition to listening to people in communities, this phase has made additional efforts to better involve the business community, the wide diversity of the population and people who work within public services in the area.
Phase 3 of the engagement ended on 7 September 2017. We used the information we received during this phase to help put together a draft of our new Well-being Plan.
During December 2017 and January 2018 we formally consulted on our new Well-being Plan as part of BGWW4 in order for people to have a final say on the content and our objectives before it is finalised.