Comms Cymru – supporting engagement: what we can do? / cefnogi ymgysylltu: beth y gallwn ni ei wneud?
The National Community of Practice for Public Sector Communication ProfessionalsCymuned Ymarfer Genedlaethol Cyfathrebwyr Proffesiynol yn y Gwasanaethau Cyhoeddus Sara Moseley (Chair| Cadeirydd) Gethin While (Project Manager | Rheolwr Prosiect) 10.12.12 ,Llandrindod
CommsCymru,the public servicecommunicators’network in Wales, is supportedand facilitated by theCommunicationsDirectorate of the WelshGovernment.“We aim to make the most ofthe advantages we have as asmall joined up country witha government which valuespublic services and connectswith citizens”.
Background• In existence since October 2010• Enabling professionals across all sectors to work together to build capacity and capability• Members from a variety of areas of professional activity and levels of seniority• ALL public sector communications and engagement professionals are eligible: • Central Government • Emergency and Security services (“Blue Lights”) • Education (HE & FE) • Health, Local Government • 3rd Sector FREE!
Membership• Predominantly central government, agencies and local• government• Growth areas HEI, FE and 3rd Sector membership (20<)• More than half of membership work in SE Wales (215 in Cardiff)• Oriented for regular scientific market research, assessing skills needs, expectations and sub-sectoral characteristics and types of current professional knowledge
Priorities• Decrease the learning curve of new members to our profession• Respond more rapidly to citizen needs and inquiries• Reduce unnecessary revision and prevent "reinventions of the wheel"• Spawn new ideas for products and services
Events31 January 2013 - Know-How-Session: Master Class with RichardSambrookFebruary/MarchKnow-How Session: Welsh Language & Digital Channels TBC (2 site) /Cardiff Uni Corporate Comms TeamMembers Skills Survey15 April 2013 - CommsCymru Spring Conference - 1 ONS , Newport24 April 2013 - CommsCymru Spring Conference 2 – LlandudnoLGComms Academy – 21-23 May 2013, CardiffCommsCymru Autumn Conferences – October 2013
Training• Accreditation Frameworks and Proofs• Longer-term Programmatic approach: – Spring & Autumn Conferences – Know-How Sessions – Subsector partnerships eventsCapitalising on departmental training initiativesfor follow-on offers to broader public sectorcomms community e.g. Comms Directorate & GCNGCN Courses running in Cardiff over next quarterStrategic Approach to Comms• Planning and Implementing Evaluation• Digital PR and media Management -• Other GCN courses possible• Collaboration with Participation Cymru!