Welcome to everyonesbusiness.coop – the new blog site for the co-operative and social enterprise sector in Wales.

Run by the Wales Co-operative Centre, this site is for anyone with an interest in co-operatives, social enterprise and co-operative solutions to tackling poverty in Wales, including financial inclusion and digital inclusion.The site will feature blog posts from people across the sector, different areas of business and community life in Wales. This is your site to use, engage with and keep up-to-date with the latest issues and discussion points – it is everyone’s business!

Businesses targeted by digital skills event

There is a digital skills shortage in Wales which ranges from people who don’t have basic digital skills, to skills required for employment and then advanced digital skills.  We base our figures on the National Survey for Wales from Welsh Government which shows that back in 2014/15 there were over 450,000 people not on the […]

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Sanctuary award for Digital Communities Wales

Digital Communities Wales (DCW) has received an award from Swansea City of Sanctuary for its work developing a toolkit to support the digital needs of people seeking sanctuary.  DCW also delivered training to senior mentors, covering basic digital skills and specific apps and tools that could help newly arrived people. These mentors volunteer on the […]

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Rhian charts financial inclusion progress as Champions project ends

Rhian Hughes reflects on the development of financial inclusion services during her 16 years at the Wales Co-operative Centre This month sees the end of the Financial Inclusion Champions project in Wales and, as the North Wales Financial Inclusion Champion, I will be saying farewell to the Wales Co-operative Centre after 16 years. I started […]

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Citizen-Provider Partnerships for care and support services

An important part of the Care to Co-operate service is supporting the development of partnerships for care and support services. One way we have been doing this is by supporting a number of third sector organisations to form partnerships, to bid collectively for Local Authority contracts. Although this is a key part of achieving a […]

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Citizen Directed Co-operatives giving people control over their care needs

From Jeff Brattan-Wilson, Citizen Directed Co-operatives Cymru Development Officer, Disability Wales. Photograph courtesy of Natasha Hirst. Disability Wales are often asked why are we establishing a Citizen Directed Co-operative and what this really means for people. This blog will explore the rationale behind setting up a Citizen Directed Co-operative and also provide an introduction to what we […]

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Warm Homes Campaign highlights fuel poverty issues

From Helen Roach, Development Officer, National Energy Action Cymru (NEA) We at National Energy Action (NEA) Cymru are currently running our annual Warm Homes Campaign to raise awareness of fuel poverty, so we have found it a particularly pertinent time to read about the valuable projects highlighted through the Wales Co-operative Centre’s recent Tackling Poverty Fortnight.  Our vision […]

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Social care project working to break mental health and poverty cycle

The Wales Co-operative Centre is currently running its fourth annual Tackling Poverty Fortnight campaign. The campaign is demonstrating a number of ways in which the Centre is helping to reduce poverty through the projects it runs, the businesses and organisations it supports and the people who are the end beneficiaries of that support. Today we […]

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New-look website to help people with money advice

The Wales Co-operative Centre is currently running its fourth annual Tackling Poverty Fortnight campaign. The campaign is demonstrating a number of ways in which the Centre is helping to reduce poverty through the projects it runs, the businesses and organisations it supports and the people who are the end beneficiaries of that support. Today, we’re […]

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Mental health and money issues highlighted by support project

The Wales Co-operative Centre is currently running its fourth annual Tackling Poverty Fortnight campaign. The campaign is demonstrating a number of ways in which the Centre is helping to reduce poverty through the projects it runs, the businesses and organisations it supports and the people who are the end beneficiaries of that support. Today we […]

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