Sustain Wales Awards 2016 | Sustainable Public Service
The Sustain Wales Awards celebrate sustainability excellence, innovation and leadership across Wales. Our ambition is to seek out and highlight outstanding examples that are helping to deliver the seven national goals of the Well-being of Future Generations Act, contributing to the environmental, social, cultural and economic sustainability of life in Wales.
The application process has been designed to identify good practice in line with the five Ways of Working, outlined in the Act and applicants are asked to submit a project or initiative that has either been completed or has reached a significant milestone in the last year. Successful applicants must meet at least one Goal and three finalists are selected by an expert panel of judges to go through to the public vote.
Since the Awards were launched in 2015, we have received over 170 applications , providing a rich and varied library of sustainability stories backed up by evidence and practical examples of integration, long-term thinking, preventative action, collaboration and involvement.
The Sustainable Public Service Award recognises the team or project within the public service sector that have gone beyond statutory requirements.
Healthy Hillsides – 2016 WINNER
Partners: Natural Resources Wales, Wildlife Trust South & West Wales, SW Fire & Rescue Service & Rhondda Cynon Taf
Healthy Hillsides is a partnership approach that was set up to help reduce the scale and impact of wildfires in the Rhondda. Wildfires have multiple social, environmental and economic impacts. Therefore, the Wildlife Trust South & West Wales, Natural Resources Wales, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Rhondda Cynnon Taf Council and other organisations are working with local landowners and the community to produce a long-term strategy for implementing positive management of the hillsides and coordinating preventative works on the ground to reduce the impact of wildfires in the Rhondda. A wide range of benefits are anticipated, and include: protection and improvements for access and recreation; enhancement and resilience of habitats / wildlife; better protection of heritage sites; partners working together and sharing ideas/resource/expertise; greater public awareness; resilience to climate change; and exploring sustainable management opportunities with community groups. The scheme tackles priority areas, developed toolkits and methods of monitoring wildfires, run educational campaigns and implements sustainable restoration of habitats.
South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner – Help Point
Demands on emergency services due to the number of visitors consuming alcohol in Swansea city centre at night, led to a collaborative project with the council, universities, street pastors and St Johns Ambulance developing Swansea Help Point on Wednesday and Saturday nights. The Help Point both provides medical treatment and also safeguards those who are vulnerable within the night time economy. The Help Point not only ensures the safeguarding and treatment of the individual, it also has significant benefits on the public services involved. Swansea University Health Economics department have undertaken an economic evaluation of the scheme to measure its effectiveness and evaluate the difference it has made. Over a 12 month period; 1560 people attended the Help-Point +service for assessment; with the highest number of referrals from the police. The Help Point service is seen as a successful model of partnership working between key agencies in helping to make Swansea City Centre night time environment safer for all patrons.
Llanelli Rural Council
Llanelli Rural Council has adopted a Strategic Plan and a Whole Place Plan so that it contains the Well-being of Future Generations Act and therefore sustainable development at the front of all decisions. Inwardly this is reflected in each council report where core values and strategic aims are cross referenced against each of the seven national well-being goals as a constant reminder of how their work contributes to the Act. And outwardly the following developments have transpired as a result of the Whole Place Plan; a new committee for Ponthenri Community Hall, a Llanelli Rural Time Credits Programme with five community groups interested in signing up, four litter picks, five council coordinated community events, a new community led play area for Pwll, three completed Community Asset Transfers and a further five are pending.