Agenda Item No. 6


The Vale of Glamorgan Council


Voluntary Sector Joint Liaison Committee: 27 February 2013


Report of the Managing Director


Vale Local Service Board (LSB) Local Service Forum 2012


Purpose of the Report

1.             To inform the Committee of the outcome of the recent Vale of Glamorgan Local Service Board Local Service Forum 'Planning and Working Together'.


1.             That the Committee note the overall success of the day.

2.             That the Committee note that one of the key themes from the day was that more can be achieved by working together and that the right people need to be involved.

3.             That the Committee note that the discussion on engagement highlighted that this is a vital area where partners need to work together to make the necessary improvements.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.             There was positive feedback for all the workshops with 100% of all those who completed the feedback forms rating them as either very useful or useful.

2.             The Local Service Forum was seen as successful and worthwhile by the majority of those who provided feedback.

3.             Comments made after the event highlighted recurring themes with a strong current of opinion that the Local Service Forum should be an annual event.

4.             The organisations in attendance highlighted the opportunity to network and build new contacts as one of the greatest benefits of the day.


2.             The purpose of the conference was to bring together representatives from a wide range of organisations that provide services in the Vale.  The conference enabled stakeholders to hear about some of the projects being undertaken in partnership in the Vale and to participate in workshops on some of the challenges.  The Local Service Board were keen to provide an opportunity for discussion about how to progress some of the partnership projects and obtain views on what needs to be done.

3.             More than ninety representatives from the public, private, voluntary and community sector in the Vale as well as Town and Community Councils attended the conference. The day was structured around a number of presentations which highlighted some of the key developments in the Vale and the importance of working in partnership. There was also a facilitated discussion on improving engagement which all delegates had the opportunity to participate in as well as 11 workshops which provided the opportunity for more focused discussion on a wide range of topics.

Relevant Issues and Options

4.             All of the workshops focused on areas of work within the Community Strategy that can make a difference to the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of the Vale and improve the quality of life for local residents.  The Local Service Board will continue to monitor progress across all of these projects and ensure that the views expressed at the Forum are taken into account in the planning of new services and service improvements.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

5.             None

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

6.             None

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

7.             None

Crime and Disorder Implications

8.             None

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

9.             None

Corporate/Service Objectives

10.        None

Policy Framework and Budget

11.        None

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

12.        None

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

13.        None

Background Papers

Vale of Glamorgan Local Service Board Local Service Forum 'Planning and Working Together'

Contact Officer

Helen Moses, Strategy and Sustainability Manager

Officers Consulted

Corporate Consultation Officer

Head of Performance and Development

Responsible Officer:

Siân Davies, Managing Director