What is a Citizens’ Panel?
The Citizens’ Panels are joint initiatives between Dyfed-Powys Police, the Council and Health Board in each respective county. In Pembrokeshire, the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority is also a partner, and we also link with Powys Council’s Citizens’ Panel on an annual basis.
The Panels represent groups of residents who have agreed to offer their views and opinions on the services delivered by the partner organisations in each county.
Why do we need a Citizens’ Panel?
The partner organisations need to find out what local people think about their services. If each one did this separately it would prove very costly and would mean that residents would be asked their views again and again. Each of the partners contribute to the costs of the Panels, making it a more cost effective and efficient way for them to hear your views and opinions.
Interested in becoming a member?
If you are a resident in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire or Powys and would like to make your voice heard about local services, plans and proposals, you can fill in our online membership form right now!
All responses will then go through the selection process to ensure the Panel represents a cross section each county’s population, allowing us to receive a balanced view of residents' opinions. Membership is refreshed each year to avoid the Panel becoming unrepresentative over time and to give as many people as possible the opportunity to take part.
What do Panel members have to do?
Panel members are asked to complete 3 postal or online questionnaires a year about the services delivered by the partners, and responses are used to help influence the planning of local services, how they are provided and issues such as how the partners communicate with local people. Because the Panel is broadly representative of each county, we can gauge the opinions of residents in each geographical area as well as throughout the county.
Results - How is the information used?
After each consultation exercise, members’ replies are analysed and full reports are sent to each of the partner organisations. We condense these findings into newsletters, which all members receive and also update you on actions taken by the partners or let members know how the information has or will be used.