Rethinking Wales: Wellbeing on the front line


November 26


11:30 am - 12:30 pm

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Institute of Welsh Affairs (IWA)

The IWA’s #RethinkingWales series explores the challenges we face because of Covid-19, and works out the opportunities for change.

Rethinking Wales: Wellbeing on the front line

An open, politically independent and inclusive space for discussion and debate is the best way to identify the challenges we face in Wales because of Covid-19, and work out where the opportunities for real change are.

We are well placed to bring those voices together, and the IWA’s #RethinkingWales series (supported by the Carnegie UK Trust) will explore how various sectors need to respond to this crisis and how we need to start thinking differently.

With lockdowns increasing across the UK and winter on its way, how stretched are our public services and the people who keep them functioning on a daily basis? How can we help support the wellbeing of those we are relying on to get us through the pandemic and beyond?

In this session we hope to explore:

  • The Covid-19 experiences of our frontline workers
  • What support structures are in place for our frontline workers
  • Whether prevention and longer term thinking is being lost in the immediate Covid-19 response, and are we storing up problems for the future
  • Can frontline sectors learn from other organisations responses to Covid-19
  • What policy makers can do to learn the lessons of Covid-19


  • Welcome & introduction – Auriol Miller, Director, IWA (Chair)
  • Panel session (approximately 30 minutes)
  • Q&A session with audience (approximately 15 minutes)


  • Dilwyn Roberts-Young, General Secretary, UCAC
  • Katie Dalton, Director, Cymorth Cymru
  • Oliver Townsend, Head of Partnerships and Practice, Platfform
  • Phil Bushby, Strategic Programme Lead, Health Education and Improvement Wales

This is an hour long panel discussion on Zoom chaired by the IWA Director, Auriol Miller, and attendees will be able to engage in debate and ask questions on the live chat.

The Rethinking Wales series has been kindly supported by Carnegie UK Trust.