Providing advice and assistance to public bodies and PSBs
We provide advice, assistance and support to people on the Well-being of Future Generations Act in a variety of ways.
We provide learning and development opportunities; publish recommendations and reports; comment on policy and current affairs; produce toolkits and resources; provide advice directly to organisations; and respond to members of the public that contact us.
Our team receive many requests for support and we need to prioritise those organisations with duties under the Act. As such, each public body and PSB covered by the Act has a dedicated point of contact within our team.
Supporting public bodies to apply the Act
Our latest strategy, Cymru Can, outlines Implementation and Impact as our core mission, ensuring the Well-being of Future Generations Act is applied effectively and with ambition in a way that improves the lives of the people of Wales now and in the future.
Part of this is ensuring the Act is applied effectively and with ambition by public bodies. We want to help these bodies and their teams to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of how to drive change.
Working with organisations, we put the emphasis on knowledge sharing, quality conversations and coaching to help organisations build their capability.
We will do this through tailoring our existing resources and publishing new tools that provide support, but also through offering workshops including:
- Refreshers on the Act, the sustainable development principle, applying the ways of working and contributing to the national well-being goals.
- Masterclasses on using the ways of working.
- Opportunities to explore how to apply the Act within corporate centres of organisations.
- Learning on long-term and futures techniques.
- Sharing international practice on sustainable development.
It was a really well delivered session that really helped to distil a complex piece of legislation with many facets down in an understandable way.
From April to October 2023, we held four sessions on the topics above with attendees from across the public sector including local authorities, national bodies and health boards, and a small number from the private and voluntary sectors.
To begin the sessions, we asked attendees ‘how confident they felt in applying the Act to their work’ and received a score of 2.9 out of 5. Positively, when we asked attendees the same question after the training, the score increased to 4 out of 5.
We welcomed a mix of people and levels of seniority which ensured the sessions included a range of perspectives and viewpoints. Some of the ways people noted they would take this learning forward included:
- “I will be using it to reference examples of opportunity with public sector bodies we work with.”
- “Developing induction training for new starters.”
- “I will use the principles of the Act to inform my scrutiny activities in Council.”
Register for our upcoming open sessions here and please get in touch through your point of contact or via firstname.lastname@example.org to talk to us about something more specific for your own organisation.
We want to build a network of trainers within public bodies across Wales, so please feel free to use our resource materials for learning and discussion in your own organisations. We welcome any feedback on these!
Cymru Can sets out our new strategy for 2023 – 2030 and our long-term vision.
Cymru Can: our Vision and Purpose
Involvement is at the heart of the Well-being of Future Generations Act. Since the creation of the Future Generations Commissioner in 2016, our office has involved thousands of people to support and inform our work. Some of the involvement projects we have undertaken to date include
We will make it our mission to ensure the Well-being of Future Generations Act is applied effectively and with ambition in a way that improves the lives of the people of Wales now and in the future.
Implementation and Impact
We will make it our mission to ensure all Welsh public bodies achieve their net zero and nature positive goals by 2030. As a result, public bodies are leading action on climate change including adaptation, in a way that reduces inequalities and maximises the benefits to people and communities across Wales.
Climate and Nature
We will make it our mission to facilitate a transformation in the way we keep people healthy, with a greater focus on prevention and the long term. As a result, public bodies are working together to tackle the root causes of ill health and addressing health inequalities.
Health and Well-being
We will make it our mission to reinforce the positive impact of cultural well-being. As a result, public bodies are making the urgent changes needed to promote culture and creativity, enhance the fabric of communities and promote multi-culturalism and the Welsh language.
Culture and Welsh Language
We will make it our mission to help transition Wales to an economy that puts people and planet first. As a result, governments at all levels, communities and business are making this happen.
A Well-being Economy
From farm to fork, food is critical to achieving Wales’ well-being goals for the health of our people and our planet.
Area of Focus: Food
There are 48 public bodies in Wales covered by the Act who are required to carry out sustainable development
The Commissioner is required to monitor and assess the extent to which such public bodies are meeting their well-being objectives are being met. This duty seeks to ensure public bodies are moving closer to their objectives and contributing to the national well-being goals. Every five years, the Commissioner must publish an overall assessment and recommendations for improvement in a Future Generations Report.
Monitoring and Assessing
The work we do in Wales continues to inspire organisations and governments internationally.
Public bodies in Wales spend over £6 billion each year procuring a range of goods, services and works; this represents nearly a third of total devolved Welsh annual expenditure, and it is estimated that over the next decade Welsh public services will spend over £60 billion.
We have the opportunity to create a better Wales for current and future generations.
A Fit for the Future Programme for Government
Our younger generations are calling out the failures of past decisions, and sadly, often decisions in the continuing present that fail to take into account their futures – embarrassing, perhaps, but necessary.
Manifesto for the Future
Some of the biggest changes often begin on a local level. At such an important – and difficult – time for the world, Wales has the opportunity in the May local elections to do its bit to create a better future for all. This is a significant election too, as 16 and 17 year olds will have the opportunity to vote for their local representatives for the first time.