June 20th, 2016
When the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 came into force on 6 April 2016, it brought with it significant changes in the way social services is delivered in wales. As a consequence Wales is now a very different public policy environment to the rest of the UK especially in the area of social care ‘rights’. How this translated to improvements in the experiences of people who use health and social services is of course as yet to be tested. The Pollen Shop is now working with Carers Wales to monitor the implementation of the Act by measuring the difference the new legislation makes to carers over time. Carers are a key fulcrum group in the delivery of health and social care. They are unpaid and often underappreciated, but without their involvement much of health and social care delivery would simply ground to a halt. To monitor the Act we have set up a data collection process that will gather the experiential data from carers living in all of the 22 local authorities in Wales and combine this with local authority performance data. We aim to run the “Track the Act” process over the next three years, producing a 12 month report on our findings on each anniversary of the Act coming into force on 6th April 2016 with an interim report at 6 month intervals.
January 16th, 2016
Pollination Campaigns was a specialist communications consultancy run by the some of the same people as The Pollen Shop. Clients included Department for Work and Pensions, Disability Rights Commission and The Equal Opportunities Commission (both forerunners of the Equality and Human Rights Commission) RNID, RNIB, scope sense and arrange of third sector organisations.