Engagement Forums

If you are interested in having your say on the issues that affect you and your community then you may want to join our Citizen Panel, Voices of our Valleys or 50+ Forum.

Please email: PPS@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk for more information and to get involved.

Engagement and Participation Strategy: 2023-2027

We have developed a new Engagement & Participation Strategy in line with the Local Government & Elections (Wales) Act 2021 that outlines how we plan to engage with you effectively and encourage participation to inform and improve our decision making.

Our Engagement and Participation Strategy has four high-level objectives that set out how we aim to achieve effective engagement and participation throughout the Council.

Objective 1: To mainstream effective engagement and participation approaches across the Council

Objective 2: To ensure that we engage with the people of Blaenau Gwent in the most effective, collaborative way

Objective 3: To actively encourage our communities & future generations to participate in council decision-making activity

Objective 4: To maintain best practice in engagement & participation and keep up to date with the latest innovations to help support our communities

Blaenau Gwent Citizen Panel

As a member of our Citizen Panel you will be consulted on a wide range of issues affecting Blaenau Gwent. You will be contacted from time to time to give your opinion on a range of matters by email and in person if you wish. By being a member you really can make a difference to your area and improve the services that you and your community rely on.

50+ Forum

The 50+ Forum is free to attend, non-political, and open to all. It acts as a collective voice for people aged 50 and over who live, work or frequently visit Blaenau Gwent. It promotes the interests of people aged 50 and above and provides an opportunity for people to get together, socialise, and discuss things that matter most to you. We aim to raise awareness of the contribution older people make to our society and work in partnership with organisations who provide services for people aged 50+. The forum meets regularly and includes guest speakers, activities, and debates.

Voices of our Valleys 

The Voices of our Valleys is an equality forum which seeks to raise the profile of the equalities agenda and provide support for people who are protected by the Equality Act (2010). The forum has a varied membership including local groups and agencies as well as members of the public. The forum provides opportunities to get involved in consultation activities, as well as work together with public and third sector organisations to support key projects such as the re-design of services.

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