I originally planned to catch the train to the LDAG meeting
today, but there was nowhere to park at the station, so I drove
onto the M4 towards the Cardiff East Park and Ride instead. I then
discovered that the route has changed and the bus now stops on
Churchill Way, but hey, I could do with the exercise!
An interesting meeting today and as a relatively new member of the
group, I am still learning the rules of engagement. It is always
difficult joining an established group, but a local authority
colleague of mine will soon be joining too and I feel that this
will help with the balance of the group.
Today we spent much of the time talking about the consultations
relating to Parts 2, 3, 4 and 7 of the new Social Services and
Well-being (Wales) Act. It is safe to say that there is a huge
amount to process relating to the Act across a range of topic
areas. There is definitely a lot of reading and thinking
It is really interesting to hear the views of others who have
different experiences to me. I always try not to make assumptions
about other people's views, particularly when I don't know people
well and I hope that other LDAG members hold similar values.
Steve Vaughan from Welsh Government talked to us about the
Continuing Health Care (CHC) framework. He wanted to know if we
felt that the framework was inclusive and supported people with a
learning disability to access the help they need. There were some
strong opinions in the group and I hope that this was helpful to
Later, Joe Powell from All Wales People First raised the
importance of discussing issues from a range of people,
organisations and networks who we are all in touch with through our
own personal and professional links. We agreed that although the
LDAG is not a lobbying group, it is important that we discuss
issues that are brought to our attention by others. This way, we
can recognise any trends or themes that may be worthy of further
On my way out of the Welsh Government building, Jim Crowe kindly
offered me a lift up the road. It was damp and dusky outside but I
declined the warm dry car on the basis that I really do need the
exercise! I walked into the city centre, past Winter Wonderland.
There was a lovely smell of candy floss, the lights looked very
pretty, the skaters were laughing and I suddenly realised that it
is only two weeks until Christmas - Nadolig Llawen pawb!