Partnership working breaks new ground An Anglesey community has been breaking new ground by working in partnership to shape its own priorities and services. Welsh Government Health and Social Services Minister,Vaughan Gething, visited Beaumaris on June 6th to learn how the Pobl Seiriol Alliance is involving residents in decision making and helping to plan for the future. Representatives from Pobl Seiriol Alliance, Canolfan Beaumaris and Isle of Anglesey County Council signed a New Memorandum of Understanding - a first for the Island - to aid further and sustainable collaboration. The document will guide the Pobl Seiriol Alliance as it explores ways in which the community can take on more local responsibilities and commission its own services. Supported by Medrwn Môn and Anglesey Council, the Pobl Seiriol Alliance is chaired by retired local GP, Dr Steve MacVicar. Dr MacVicar said, “This is an important day for the Seiriol ward and all its residents. The memorandum of understanding will play an important role in terms of continued collaboration between partners as we look to play our part in improving the health, well-being and future prosperity of the local area.” The Seiriol Building Communities project was first established three years ago and engaged with the local community, town and community councils and its local county councillors. The Pobl Seiriol Alliance has already explored ways of developing social care provision and could now work to develop other priority areas, such as affordable housing, job creation and transport. Health and Social Services Minister, Vaughan Gething, said, “I very much welcome this new cooperative which is aimed at supporting older people to receive care in their homes and avoid going into hospital. This is exactly the type of new care provision I want to see more of. It is an excellent example of partnership and integrated working and I hope other parts of Wales can learn from this approach.” Left to Right: Leader of Anglesey Council, Councillor Llinos Medi; Anglesey Head of Adult Services, Alwyn Rhys Jones; Health and Social Services Minister, Vaughan Gething; Pobl Seiriol Alliance Chairman, Dr Steve MacVicar; Chair of Canolfan Beaumaris, Alwyn Rowlands and Anglesey Council Chief Executive, Dr Gwynne Jones.