Each Welsh Minister meets with representatives from the third sector twice a year, this is an important way for us to feed our views into policy making and improve service delivery.
As part of the third
sector scheme each Welsh Government Minister is committed
to meeting with representatives of the relevant networks of third
sector organisations covering their areas of responsibility at
least twice in any one calendar year.
Who attends the Ministerial
Each meeting is attended by the relevant Welsh Government
Cabinet Minister and officials and representatives from the third
sector. In 2000 the Third Sector Partnership
Council agreed that a 'map' should be drawn up
identifying all national third sector networks that bring together
groups sharing a common interest - where no network was identified
in major interest areas, significant individual organisations were
asked to act as the network for this interest area.
The aim of producing the map is to ensure appropriate
representation at Ministerial meetings by identifying relevant
national third sector networks for each portfolio. Each network is
asked to nominate a representative. Third sector representatives on
the Third Sector Partnership Council, including representatives
from the County Voluntary Councils, are also invited to each
Preparing for the meetings
WCVA has responsibility for arranging at least two planning
meetings to prepare for each meeting, and also ensures that the
issues raised from the third sector are of broad relevance across
the sector in order to maximise the effectiveness of the meetings.
The third sector representatives should attend at least one of the
two planning meetings and, if they wish to attend the meeting with
a Minister, should also attend the pre-meeting (usually held on the
same day as the meeting). They are expected to put forward agenda
items and prepare papers as necessary. They have a duty to feed
back to their network and ensure effective two-way communication
between the sector and the meetings. Civil servants work with WCVA
policy leads to prepare agendas, brief ministers about agenda
items, prepare minutes of all meetings, and pursue action points
agreed at meetings.
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