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View more details for consultation Early Years Practitioners Consultation Early Years Practitioners Consultation Wrexham County Borough Council 10 May 2022 12 Jun 2022
Why are we doing this?

It has been a challenging period to work in maternity and early years services during recent times. The Coronavirus pandemic has brought the value of support services and provision into sharp focus. Many parents will have experienced feelings of isolation followed by relief as services and provision opened up again. Equally, practitioners have needed to balance their own family needs whilst working in extraordinary circumstances. Parents and practitioners are to be congratulated for making their way through this difficult period.

Wrexham County Borough Council has asked Children in Wales to carry out a consultation with both parents and practitioners to look closely at the provision of maternity and early years services offered in the county.  Focusing on quality, sufficiency of provision; integration across services, transition between provision and involvement of parents/carers.

This is your chance for your voice to be heard and to provide input to enhance services in your area.

What we found out

Quality of Provision

A number of practitioners commented on positive collaboration and joint working approaches.

Early help was highlighted as working well, there was recognition of the positive work taking place.

Flying start was referenced numerous times as an example of best practice. However, practitioners expressed there is a growing level of need outside existing pre-defined areas.

 

Integration across services, access to provision

Multi-agency training across different services was identified as a positive experience that should be more readily available.

Responses expressed barriers to joint working including a lack of interaction between services, a lack of budget and staff availability.

The Family Information Service was noted as a useful resource and for providing an effective support for joint working, linking services together and raising awareness of service provision.

Effective joint working amongst midwives and health visitors with joint pre-birth visits was recognised as useful for sharing information and supporting families.

 

Information, advice and access to provision

Practitioners felt that it was often dependant where parents lived and referenced different levels of services are provided in Flying Start and non-Flying Start areas.

The ability to offer services both face-to-face and online has allowed more parents to access support for general parenting programmes and more specialist referrals.

Barriers and challenges to accessing services were identified such as eligibility, criteria of services and funding, waiting lists, referrals not being accepted, language and cultural barrier, transport and parents own mental health needs.

 

Transition between provisions

Midwife – health visitor transitions were expressed as positive where there was co-location between these services.

Health visitor - school nurse transitions were expressed as a stage that can present challenges with higher caseloads for school nurses often meaning they cannot offer the same level of support that health visitors provide.

Practitioners reported the quality of childcare to school transitions were dependant on the leadership, willingness and understanding of specific head teachers of how childcare settings can support transitions.

It was suggested that a consistent policy/guidance on how transitions are managed across Wrexham provisions could be developed, to highlight and support good practice.

 

Involvement of parents in planning, designing and reviewing provision

Practitioners highlighted involving parents within services could create improved engagement with service users, creating better services that meet appropriate needs and having a better understanding of families.

Practitioners identified that spaces to share and training, funding and direct engagement are elements that need to be considered when providing opportunities to involve parents.

What difference has it made?

This consultation will: 

  • Support future planning and delivery of services in Wrexham.
  • Inform the development of consistency of access to services and support for all families living in Wrexham
  • Inform the planning of engagement opportunities for parents to be involved in service development
  • Review and inform opportunities for organisations to effectively work together, to enable them to offer help at the earliest opportunities.
  • Improve information sharing and joint working to enable practitioners to have access to up to date information and advice to meet families’ needs and be better able to signpost to other service

 

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View more details for consultation Wrexham Carers Lead Officer Consultation - Questions for people receiving unpaid care Wrexham Carers Lead Officer Consultation - Questions for people receiving unpaid care Wrexham County Borough Council 25 Mar 2022 30 Apr 2022
Why are we doing this?

This consultation was commissioned by Wrexham County Borough Council and its remit has been to ascertain the views of key stakeholders about services for unpaid carers in Wrexham County and the views of professionals in this field on the need for a Carers Lead Officer for Wrexham

What we found out

Our findings are included in the attached report.../UploadedFiles/Wrexham-Council-Carers-Consultation-Report-2022-En.pdf

What difference has it made?

There is a need for coordination across Adult Services and Children’s Services. There is also a need to have a focal point to gather together the relevant information and knowledge in order that people can be helped in a timely and effective way rather than being passed from one officer to another. 

 

 

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View more details for consultation Wrexham Carers Lead Officer Consultation - Questions for Wrexham County Borough Staff Wrexham Carers Lead Officer Consultation - Questions for Wrexham County Borough Staff Wrexham County Borough Council 25 Mar 2022 11 Apr 2022
Why are we doing this?

The remit of this consultation was to ascertain the views of stakeholders about services for unpaid carers in Wrexham County and the views of professionals in this field on the need for a Carers Lead Officer for Wrexham. Amgen Consultants Limited undertook the consultation in March and April 2022, with the support of the commissioning team.

What we found out

There is a need for coordination across Adult Services and Children’s Services. There is also a need to have a focal point to gather together the relevant information and knowledge in order that people can be helped in a timely and effective way rather than being passed from one officer to another.

What difference has it made?

This report provides an overview of consultation undertaken and the results, it includes responses to selected questions and some of the comments made. A full report of 27 pages has been provided to Wrexham County Borough Council (WCBC) who commissioned this work.

./UploadedFiles/Wrexham-Council-Carers-Consultation-Report-2022-En(7).pdf

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View more details for consultation Wrexham Carers Lead Officer Consultation for unpaid carers Wrexham Carers Lead Officer Consultation for unpaid carers Wrexham County Borough Council 25 Mar 2022 11 Apr 2022
Why are we doing this?

The remit of this consultation was to ascertain the views of stakeholders about services for unpaid carers in Wrexham County and the views of professionals in this field on the need for a Carers Lead Officer for Wrexham. Amgen Consultants Limited undertook the consultation in March and April 2022, with the support of the commissioning team.

What we found out

There is a need for coordination across Adult Services and Children’s Services. There is also a need to have a focal point to gather together the relevant information and knowledge in order that people can be helped in a timely and effective way rather than being passed from one officer to another.

What difference has it made?

This report provides an overview of consultation undertaken and the results, it includes responses to selected questions and some of the comments made. A full report of 27 pages has been provided to Wrexham County Borough Council (WCBC) who commissioned this work.

../UploadedFiles/Wrexham-Council-Carers-Consultation-Report-2022-En(11).pdf

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View more details for consultation Wrexham Carers Lead Officer Consultation -Questions for Partner Organisations Wrexham Carers Lead Officer Consultation -Questions for Partner Organisations Wrexham County Borough Council 25 Mar 2022 11 Apr 2022
Why are we doing this?

The remit of this consultation was to ascertain the views of stakeholders about services for unpaid carers in Wrexham County and the views of professionals in this field on the need for a Carers Lead Officer for Wrexham. Amgen Consultants Limited undertook the consultation in March and April 2022, with the support of the commissioning team.

What we found out

There is a need for coordination across Adult Services and Children’s Services. There is also a need to have a focal point to gather together the relevant information and knowledge in order that people can be helped in a timely and effective way rather than being passed from one officer to another.
 

What difference has it made?

This report provides an overview of consultation undertaken and the results, it includes responses to selected questions and some of the comments made. A full report of 27 pages has been provided to Wrexham County Borough Council (WCBC) who commissioned this work.

../UploadedFiles/Wrexham-Council-Carers-Consultation-Report-2022-En(9).pdf

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View more details for consultation #Wrecsam 2025 #Wrecsam 2025 Wrexham County Borough Council 04 Jan 2022 31 Mar 2022
Why are we doing this?

#Wrecsam 2025

Wrexham County Borough has been announced as the only place in Wales, and one of the final eight places in the UK, longlisted to become ‘UK City of Culture 2025’ (a title awarded to towns, cities and local areas across the UK once every 4 years). Previous holders of the prestigious title, awarded by UK Government, have gone on to secure millions of pounds in investment, create jobs and attract thousands of visitors to their local areas. The current title-holder is Coventry.

The full longlist places in the running for the 2025 title is:

 

  • Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon
  • Bradford
  • Cornwall
  • County Durham
  • Derby
  • Southampton
  • Stirling
  • Wrexham County Borough.

 

With financial support from the UK Government, a full application is now being prepared to bring the title to the county borough. This application will be submitted in February 2022, with the winning place announced in May 2022. Key to our application, vision and plans, will be sharing the passion, creativity and pride of all those who make Wrexham their home. From Pontfadog to Pentre Broughton, Rhosnesni to Rhosllanerchrugog – we want to make sure that everyone has the chance to have their say, and support Wrexham in becoming UK City of Culture 2025.

More information about UK City of Culture 2025 title can be found HERE.

Questions regarding Wrexham County Borough’s application can be emailed to wrecsam2025@wrexham.gov.uk

Keep following our social media and #Wrecsam2025 for more news and information.

 

(Please note that this engagement is distinct from the ongoing assessment of ‘cultural wellbeing’ being delivered by Wrexham’s Public Service Board, about which we may have already spoken with you; and distinct from Wrexham’s application for city status).

What we found out

This engagement helped in our understanding of what Wrexham culture is, and what culture means to the people of Wrexham.

To read the full City of Culture engagement report, please click here.

 

What difference has it made?

Culture plays a part in people’s daily lives and has a capacity to change and improve our surroundings and wellbeing.

We want to ensure that the links made during the City of Culture 2025 competition and the learnings from it are not lost, and head towards a future where culture plays a key role in our planning and decision making for the benefit of the county.

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View more details for consultation Standards of Wrexham Services Standards of Wrexham Services Wrexham County Borough Council 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2022
Why are we doing this?

Standards of Wrexham Services (SWS) is consulting with service users in order to help Wrexham County Borough Council to plan for the new Crown Buildings.

This consultation will be an ongoing process of co-production with citizens.

 

 

What we found out

This report shares the findings of the survey and puts forward how these findings can help make sure that the Community Health and Wellbeing facility is a great addition to the town and makes a real difference to the lives, health and well-being of Wrexham citizens.

../UploadedFiles/SWS Engagement Report Final EN (1).pdf

../UploadedFiles/ER 438 Easy Read Crown Buildings Well-Being Facility Citizen Engagement Report ENG(1).pdf

 

What difference has it made?

This consultation has contributed to the planning and design of the Wellbeing hub to include accessible facilities and inclusive spaces.

  • Changing Places (fully accessible) toilets facilities
  • Accessible/ flexible community spaces
  • Sensory room
  • Play areas

The findings are being used to inform the future development of the Wellbeing hub and ensure citizens are fully involved:

  • Provide engagement opportunities for citizens Wrexham to get involved in the planning and development of services.
  • Involve citizens in planning and running the new well-being centre.

The findings raised important themes that we will take forward across the Council and with our partners to:

  • Put inclusion, diversity and equality at the heart of wellbeing in Wrexham and actively work to remove barriers to inclusion.
  • Work with businesses and organisations in the town centre and across Wrexham to make sure all citizens are welcome and services and facilities are accessible to all.
  • Listen to what you have said, work with you to address the issues raised, and take forward your ideas.
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View more details for consultation Public Participation Strategy Public Participation Strategy Wrexham County Borough Council 11 Jan 2022 18 Feb 2022
Why are we doing this?

The Council must prepare and consult upon a Public Participation Strategy which sets out how we will comply with the requirement to "encourage local people to participate in the making of decisions by the Council (including making of decisions in partnership or in conjunction with any other person)". 

What we found out

Whilst the response rate was low, feedback was similar across respondents who felt that the information on the website could be improved in order to provide better access to information about the democratic process, and how the public could become involved in decision making.

What difference has it made?

In order to address the points raised, we will create a dedicated web page on public participation which will signpost viewers to information such as public speaking, forthcoming decisions, the petitions scheme and scrutiny.

Consideration will also be given on how information can be shared across public buildings such as libraries, satellite offices and leisure centres. Information will be sent to Community Councils advising them where they can view Committee papers.

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View more details for consultation Children's Survey on Childcare Children's Survey on Childcare Wrexham County Borough Council 22 Oct 2021 31 Jan 2022
Why are we doing this?

As part of the Childcare Sufficiency Assessment Wrexham Council would like to understand children's views on the childcare settings that they attend.

What we found out
What difference has it made?
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View more details for consultation Welsh in Education Strategic Plan 2022-2031 Welsh in Education Strategic Plan 2022-2031 Wrexham County Borough Council 01 Nov 2021 31 Dec 2021
Why are we doing this?

The Welsh Government’s national Welsh language strategy Cymraeg 2050: A million Welsh speakers was published in August 2017 with the ambition for reaching a million Welsh speakers by 2050 and to continue to encourage more people to use and speak Welsh in their everyday lives. The statutory education system has a vital role to play in increasing the number of Welsh speakers. There must be a significant increase in the number of school learners who have the opportunity to develop Welsh-language skills in school and the opportunity to use it in their everyday lives in order to achieve this goal.

Every local authority has the statutory obligation to develop and publish a Welsh in Education Strategic Plan (WESP) which responds to seven Ministerial Priorities (Outcomes) and explains how they will develop and increase the number of Welsh speakers across the whole education sector.

Wrexham County Borough Council is committed to supporting, expanding and promoting Welsh-medium education within the whole community, increasing the number and percentage of pupils receiving Welsh-medium education in compliance with the Welsh Government’s Welsh-Medium Education Strategy of developing learners who are fully bilingual. The WESP also fully supports the aims and objectives within Wrexham Council’s Welsh Language Strategy (2016).

We have a challenging overarching target to increase the number of pupils being taught through the medium of Welsh.  We are proposing a number of actions in order to achieve this target.

The Welsh in Education Forum and its sub-groups, which consists of relevant stakeholders has met during the summer term to discuss, consult and invite comments towards the development of the new cycle draft. 

Regulations state that a consultation of no less than 8 weeks is required before the plan is submitted to the Welsh Ministers for approval no later than 31 January 2022. 

We need your comments regarding our proposed actions to meet our overarching target.

You will need to refer to the consultation document to answer the questions.  Please download the consultation document from this page.

 

Please click below to take part in our survey.

What we found out

There was no consensus from the responses received. Main learning points were that there needs to be easier access for parents to information about choosing Welsh Medium education and more ongoing support for the parents that make that choice.There was no consensus from the responses received. Main learning points were that there needs to be easier access for parents to information about choosing Welsh Medium education and more ongoing support for the parents that make that choice.

What difference has it made?

Our WESP has been amended in response to these comments