Appeal for Third Sector staff to support struggling services With services now stretched to their absolute limit, West Glamorgan Regional Partnership are asking the third sector in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot to help in a way that they haven’t previously, looking for paid Third Sector employees to undertake some key health and social care-related tasks. Below you’ll find a letter from West Glamorgan Regional Partnership outlining the ask (also available here) – please contact [email protected] if your organisation would like to find out more. Appeal for Third Sector staff to support struggling services With services now stretched to their absolute limit, we’re looking for paid Third Sector employees to undertake some key health and social care-related tasks. You’ll be aware of the rapid spread of the Omicron variant within our region and across Wales during the festive period. As we enter into 2022, the burden of additional pressures is increasing at pace, with services struggling to meet demand due to very severe staff shortages. The situation has unfortunately become critical, and as a result the West Glamorgan Regional Partnership is appealing to staff employed within the Third Sector to come forward and provide practical support during this time of crisis. We’re looking for individuals with existing health or social care qualifications, previous work experience within a care setting, or a willingness to undergo training to enable them to carry out certain duties. For example, people may hold an up-to-date social work qualification, and could undertake assessments on an ad hoc basis; or perhaps have previous experience in a health or social care setting, and may be able to offer a few hours a week to boost capacity. These are just a couple of examples, but if you feel you could offer support, please get in touch to find out more. What exactly does this entail? Staff will essentially be ‘on loan’ from their current employer, with all employer costs covered, so we are asking employers to contact SCVS or NPTCVS to start a conversation about offering support. The number of hours and the type of support offered will be flexible and depend on employer’s ability to release staff with appropriate skills and experience. It could be a few hours a week or on an ad hoc basis. We recognise that this is a tremendously big ask, but we are dealing with a uniquely challenging situation and must explore all possible means of support available to care for those most vulnerable. Next Steps If you are an employer, please contact SCVS for Swansea: [email protected], or NPTCVS for Neath Port Talbot: [email protected] to discuss the type of support you are able to provide. If you are employed in a local Third Sector organisation, please pass this information on to your employer so that they can get in touch to find out more. Many thanks to all our Third Sector colleagues for your ongoing support as we continue to navigate this crisis.