Care Providers give critical support to the most at-risk citizens in our communities, and the leadership of social care in Wales is proud for your continued commitment and hard work.

This information bulletin should be read in conjunction with the most recent advice from Public Health Wales (PHW) and Welsh Government.

The aim of this briefing is to keep providers informed of the latest updates, provide advice and respond to general enquiries.





ADSS Cymru

Registration is now open to attend the National Social Care Digital Conference 2020, 19-20 November

ADSS Cymru is excited to announce that registration for this year's online National Social Care Conference is open to all care professionals in Wales.

The event will focus on recognising the extraordinary efforts of social workers and care workers who've continued to provide critical care and support throughout the covid pandemic; and on looking ahead to re-stabilising the sector, taking forward positive

new practices and working together to build care services fit for the future. For the first time, this event is free to attend, and is open to all care providers in recognition of the contribution made by all staff across the sector this year.

Find out more and register online now at:


Welsh Government

£300 million phase of Economic Resilience Fund opens for applications

Businesses can now apply for funding from the third phase of the Welsh Government’s Economic Resilience Fund (ERF).

Public consultation document for National Plan for Carers

We have now launched the public consultation document for developing our new National Plan for Carers. We wish to receive feedback from a wide variety of voices and experiences, in order to inform our plan. The deadline is 20 January 2021.

Carers Support Fund

We have announced the £1 million Carers Support fund to help Wales’ unpaid carers cope with the financial pressures of COVID-19. It will enable carers who are struggling financially to purchase essential items including food, furniture, white goods. The Carers Support Fund will be available up to 31 March 2021 and more information will soon be available from Carers Trust Wales about how to apply.




Guidance on protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from coronavirus (COVID-19) – previously known as ‘shielding’

Information for protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19.

Summary of restrictions on social gathering and travel, business closures and attendance at school and further education: integrated impact assessment

A summary of the effects of coronavirus restrictions.

Guidance for working in other people’s homes

This document is to help employers, employees, and the self-employed and others (such as volunteers) working in or at people's homes (where the work does not require close physical contact) to understand how to work safely, taking measures to minimise the risk of exposure to COVID-19.

Taking all reasonable measures to minimise the risk of exposure to coronavirus in workplaces and premises open to the public

Guidance under regulation 13 of the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No.2) (Wales) Regulations 2020.

Technical Advisory Cell: summary of advice 16 October 2020

Summary of COVID-19 advice provided to Welsh Ministers on 16 October 2020.

Technical Advisory Group: consensus statement on use-cases for near patient and point-of-care tests for detecting SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA or antigens

New technological developments mean that there will soon be a number of new platforms to detect either viral RNA or antigens that may be deployable as Near Patient Tests or Point of Care Tests.

Welsh Government Minister says “Volunteers, your communities need you now more than ever”

As Wales moves into the “firebreak” lockdown this weekend, the Deputy Minister and Chief Whip, Jane Hutt, called on communities to come together in a safe way to support those who are most vulnerable among us.

National Social Value Conference

Wales 2020 National Social Value Conference


17 & 18 November 2020

This event will include the launch of Wales’ National Social Value Measurement Framework or National TOMs for short (TOMs stands for “Themes, Outcomes and Measures”)

The National TOMs for Wales have been developed as a cross-sector solution to help organisations measure, manage and maximise social value.

The National TOMs Wales bring together into a single reporting framework the Future Generations Act and the Community Benefits Toolkit and will allow organisations to report in a consistent and robust manner their social contribution to society in terms of the benefits they bring as well as the total value they create

The event will also offer workshops including:

Using the National TOMs Wales and adapting to your needs

SME surgery for commissioners (buyers)

How to Submit a Bid using the TOMs






Business Wales

Business Wales Support for Businesses during ‘Firebreak’ lockdown

Following the First Minister’s announcement of a short firebreak, the Economic Resilience Fund is being enhanced to almost £300m, which includes an extra £150m to support to businesses affected by the firebreak.

To find out more about the varied range of support available to them to get through this difficult period take a look at the COVID-19 Business Support Finder pages created by Business Wales.

Social Care Wales

Your health and well-being

Social Care Wales have developed a resource to support the health and well-being of social care workers during the coronavirus pandemic. This resource is regularly updated with useful information and support.

  • Author: ADSS Cymru & Partners
  • Date: 28/10/2020