To consider report of the Chief Officer Social Services
Lisa Curtis-Jones introduced the report to the committee and provided an update on the Plan and the service moving forward.
The following questions were raised by the committee and were responded to in details by the officers in attendance.
· Can you confirm how many members of staff have received their Covid vaccinations
· Will you be looking to develop a mental health support pathway across the spectrum considering the issues that have arisen form the Pandemic
· Has the authority picked up on the offer of funding from Welsh Government over the past few weeks to assist with preventative work / family resources to move into next year which would aid the sustainability and the financial pressures in preventative services
The Cabinet Member for Social Services addressed the committee and confirmed his appointment as the new Chair of the Regional Partnership Board for Cwm Taf Morgannwg and hopes it will be a good thing for Merthyr Tydfil going forward.
The Cabinet Member also shared the exiting news with the committee that Merthyr Tydfil has been chosen as 1 of 6 communities in the UK and the only one in Wales to work with the Lloyds Banking Foundation, it is a two part program, Part One – Developing organisational resilience for Third Sector and Community Sector organisations in Merthyr Tydfil to be more sustainable and Part 2 – A systems change and a cultural change programme with Public Sector and Third Sector and the theme that the partners in Merthyr have chosen is Children and Young people’s Mental Health.
The Chair requested that the Cabinet Member work closely with the Public Service Board to ensure that things are fed back to the committee in a timely manner.
The Chair thanked Lisa Curtis-Jones and the Social Services Team as a whole for all they have achieved and for the way they developed and changed their working practices during a very difficult time due to the Pandemic.