The Third Sector Scheme is unique in the UK. It legislates for Welsh Government to engage with the third sector.

WCVA facilitates the engagement under this scheme through biannual meetings with each Minister, plus meetings of the Third Sector Partnership Council.

On this page you’ll find information about the Third Sector Scheme and the Third Sector Partnership Council and Ministerial Meetings, some of our mechanisms for the sector to access government.

You’ll also find papers, agendas and minutes from Ministerial Meetings below. For information about current consultations from the Senedd, Welsh Government and others, and an archive of WCVA’s responses to consultations, please visit our consultations page.


The Third Sector Scheme is a statutory piece of legislation setting out how Welsh Government and the voluntary sector will work together and communicate with one another.  

It offers the sector formal routes for talking to Government and raising the concerns of our members and service users. These include biannual meetings with the Third Sector Partnership Council, as well as biannual ministerial meetings between sector networks and each Welsh Government Minister. These meetings are among the key tools the sector uses to influence Welsh Government.


The Third Sector Partnership Council (TSPC) is a key mechanism for the voluntary organisations to talk to, and hear from, Welsh Government.

It’s chaired by Jane Hutt AM and is made up of representatives of voluntary sector networks working across 25 areas of sector activity along with Ruth Marks, Chief Executive of WCVA.

The main purpose of the TSPC is to make sure that the principles set out in the Third Sector Scheme are put into practice. It also provides an opportunity for the sector to raise issues of interest or concern.

Elections to the TSPC take place every five years. Current members and the networks they represent are:

Name Area of interest Network
Helene Hayes Advice and Advocacy Independent Advice Providers Forum
David Bowles Animal Welfare Animal Welfare Network for Wales
Gareth Coles Arts, Culture and Heritage Voluntary Arts Wales
Andrea Cleaver Asylum Seekers and Refugees Welsh Refugee Coalition
Owen Evans Children and Families Children in Wales
Chris Johnes Community Building Communities Trust
Bernie Bowen Thomson Community Justice Community Justice Cymru
Rhian Davies Disability Wales Disability Reference Group
Cath Hicks Education and Training Adult Learning Wales
Clair Brick Employment Siawns Teg
Karen Whitfield Environment Wales Environment Link
Patience Bentu Ethnic Minorities Race Council Cymru
Rocio Cifuentes Ethnic Minorities  Ethnic Minorities & Youth Support Team (EYST)
Catherine Fookes Gender Women’s Equality Network Wales
Kate Young Health, Social Care & Wellbeing Health, Social Care, Wellbeing and Sport Planning Group
Ruth Power Housing Homes for All Cymru
Carl Cooper Local and Regional Intermediaries CVC Cymru
Susie Ventris Field International Welsh Centre for International Affairs
Victoria Lloyd Older People Age Alliance Wales
Gethin Rhys Religion Interfaith Council for Wales
Iestyn Wyn Sexuality Stonewall Cymru
Derek Walker Social Enterprise Social Enterprise Network
Matthew Williams Sport and Recreation Welsh Sports Association
Sandy Clubb Volunteering Volunteering Wales Network
Elin Maher Welsh Language Mentrau Iaith Cymru
Paul Glaze Youth Council for Wales Voluntary Youth Services (CWVYS)
Ruth Marks WCVA Chief Executive WCVA representative

See the minutes from recent TSPC meetings here.


TSPC Covid Recovery Sub Group minutes – 18 September 2020

TSPC Covid Recovery Sub Group minutes – 12 October 2020 

TSPC Covid Recovery Sub Group Minutes 05 November 2020 

TSPC Covid Recovery Sub Group Minutes 01 December 2020


As part of the Third Sector Scheme each Welsh Government Minister is committed to meeting with representatives of the relevant networks of voluntary organisations covering their areas of responsibility at least twice in any one calendar year. WCVA has responsibility for arranging at least two network planning meetings to prepare for each meeting, and also ensures that the issues raised from the voluntary sector are of broad relevance to the whole sector in order to maximise the effectiveness of the meetings.


Portfolio Minister
Finance Rebecca Evans
Health & Social Services Vaughan Gething
Environment Lesley Griffiths
Housing & Local Government Julie James
Mental Health, Wellbeing & Welsh Language Eluned Morgan
Education Kirsty Williams
Economy & Transport Ken Skates

Please contact for more information.


Portfolio Minister/Deputy Minister Planning group papers Final meeting papers
Finance Rebecca Evans  

Notes 22.02.21




Agenda – Meeting 05.11.20

The financial impact of COVID-19 on the voluntary sector

Notes 05.11.20

Health and Social Services Vaughan Gething
Julie Morgan
Notes 09.03.21 WCVA Notes 28.01.21
Environment, Energy
and Rural Affairs
Lesley Griffiths  

Notes 05.02.21

Agenda 07.10.20

Calls for a green recovery

The North Wales Wildlife Trust – Welsh Government Funded Projects Update

Notes 07.10.20

Housing and Local Government Julie James
Hannah Blythyn
Notes 04.03.21 Agenda 12.11.20

Paper 1 – Communities and Local Government – a chance for a new start

Paper 2 – Revolving Loan Fund for Community Led Housing

Minutes 12.11.20

Mental Health, Wellbeing and Welsh Language Eluned Morgan  


Economy and Transport Ken Skates
Lee Waters
Agenda 02.03.21

Notes 02.03.21



Agenda 21.10.20

The role of the third sector in developing and delivering an effective transport strategy for Wales

Economic levers for a green and just recovery

Ministerial Update

Minutes 21.10.20

Education Kirsty Williams Notes 15.03.21 Agenda E&W 03.12.20

Paper 1

Paper 2

Notes 03.12.20

Culture, Tourism and Sport Dafydd Elis-Thomas . .
Deputy Minister – responsibility for
third sector and equalities
Jane Hutt . .


Copies of papers from meetings with the previous Cabinet are available on request. Please contact Fiona Harris by emailing or call 0300 111 0124.


The Equality and Human Rights Coalition is a network to enable organisations who work in the equalities and human rights field to engage with each other, share information and good practice and influence policy which impacts on the experiences of people who face unequal and discriminatory treatment in Wales.

WCVA facilitates this network. Please contact Jessica Williams for more information on or 0300 111 0124.