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 meetings?

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 meeting.

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.

Portfolio Minister/Deputy Minister Planning group papers Final meeting papers
Finance Rebecca Evans

Agenda 25.03.19

Notes 25.03.19

Agenda 20.06.19

Paper 1


Notes 20.06.19

Health and Social Services Vaughan Gething
Julie Morgan

Notes 02.12.19

Paper 1 24.07.19

Letter 24.07.19

Environment, Energy
and Rural Affairs
Lesley Griffiths

Agenda 18.03.19

Notes 18.03.19

Agenda 20.01.20

Paper 1

Notes 20.01.20

Housing and Local Government Julie James
Hannah Blythyn

Agenda 09.12.19

Notes 09.12.19

Agenda 30.9.19

Paper 1

Paper 2

International Relations and the Welsh Language Eluned Morgan Notes 21.10.19 .
Economy and Transport Ken Skates
Lee Waters

Agenda 03.02.20

Notes 03.02.20

Agenda 06.03.19

Paper 1

Paper 2

Notes 06.03.19

Education Kirsty Williams

Agenda 07.10.19

Notes 07.10.19

Agenda 13.02.19

Paper 1 13.02.19

Paper2 13.02.19

Notes 13.02.19

Culture, Tourism and Sport Dafydd Elis-Thomas . .
Deputy Minister - responsibility for
third sector and equalities
Jane Hutt . .



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