Interlink have been working with the RCT Local Service Board – a Board of Senior Leaders from the public and voluntary sector (it is the most senior strategic partnership) and worked with a partner (Egino CIC) to report on how we can work together to face up to the future.
- Egino Community Interest Company (CIC) recently undertook a qualitative research study in Rhondda Cynon Taf to understand the potential implications of the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Bill on how partner organisations currently work together and what changes the Act may require them to make in their working practices.
- The study was initiated by Interlink RCT (the County Voluntary Council), approved by the Local Service Board and delegated to a strategic partnership group of officers to manage.
- Research was undertaken between January and March 2015.
The summary report in now available – please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- There is also a strong consensus that there is a radical change in culture required across organisations in relation to new ways of working and greater community/service user ownership of services. Many services were found to be designed to tackle symptoms and each organisation had business functions (such as estate management and procurement) that were not strategic and undermined the strategic direction of the wider leadership.
- Recommendation 1: Partners in RCT identify, together, over time the key changes in the national guidance and funding arrangements they believe would make the Bill’s successful implementation more likely.
- Recommendation 2: The LSB seeks to further reduce the volume of partnerships where possible; seek to ensure, over time, that the goals of partnerships all display a connection to the relevant elements of the Wellbeing Plan, placing the latter at the apex of local planning.
- Recommendation 3: The LSB should adopt a programme to develop the necessary leadership approaches for delivering the Bill (there are models to build upon from WLGA and individual early adopters) The programme should be open to all key partners and extend, at least on a pilot basis, to middle managers within key teams: the work could link to the pilots for area based work.
- Recommendation 4: The LSB should engage in a twofold forward planning process. The first stage is to identify the implications for services of modelled financial cuts: which services would face cuts and of what scale; the second stage is to examine for which services alternative models of delivery are feasible and what support that would require. Elements of this second phase are already beginning to happen: adding the first stage would build in an explicit recognition of future likely financial pressures.
Local partners are now hoping to work with the RSA Cymru to develop some thinking and actions to respond to the future needs of our communities.
The mission of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) is to enrich society through ideas and action.Royal https://www.thersa.org/fellowship/in-your-area/regions/wales-cymru/