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.
Please note the Ministerial Meeting guide linked to above
will be updated soon. The current version remains live for your
reference only; information within may not be up-to-date.
Who attends the ministerial meetings?
Each ministerial meeting is attended by the relevant Welsh
Government Cabinet Secretary or 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 ministerial 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 ministerial meeting.
Please get in touch with the relevant WCVA
contact (these are listed in the table below) for details
about the networks currently linked to each ministerial portfolio,
and the names of the representatives.
Preparing for the meetings
WCVA has responsibility for arranging at least two planning
meetings to prepare for each ministerial 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 ministerial 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
ministerial meetings. Civil servants work with WCVA policy leads to
prepare agendas, brief ministers about agenda items, prepare
minutes of all ministerial meetings, and pursue action points
agreed at meetings.
Want to know more?
The Welsh Government Cabinet Secretaries and Ministers and their
portfolio areas are listed below. Click on each Portfolio title to
be taken to news on the most recent Ministerial Meeting in that
area. More news will be added to this section as Ministerial
Please email us or call the Helpdesk on 0800
288 8329 to get in touch with the WCVA contacts.