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!

Care to Co-operate case study: Cartrefi Conwy Housing Association

Care to Co-operate is helping establish a transformative co-operative partnership in Llandudno and Llanrwst, formed by three distinct groups: an older people’s tenant committee, Cartrefi Conwy housing association and private care providers. This co-operative partnership gives the tenants an equal and equitable role in future decisions about support services they receive. The tenants committee represents […]

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Building a Co-operative Country – what, why and how

Firstly, I must say what a pleasure it is to see the co-operative movement in Wales coming together today in an expression of unity and optimism for the future. Not just the future of co-operation, but the future of Wales. And I’m delighted that Cartrefi Cymru Co-operative, as a newly constituted co-op, and as a […]

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Care to Co-operate case study: Me, Myself and I Club

Care to Co-operate has worked with Briton Ferry based, Me, Myself & I Club that supports people with early onset dementia. It has helped the organisation to take a co-operative approach to business growth, not only with the people who choose to use its services, but with strategic partners. Me, Myself & I Club formed […]

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Ann takes the health route to volunteering

From Ann Elliot, Governance Officer, Wales Co-operative Centre I’ve volunteered for lots of things over the years but my current volunteering opportunity came about by chance. About 2 years ago I came across an advert for the Cardiff & Vale University Health Board (C&VUHB) who were looking to recruit lay members for their Individual Patient […]

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Exploring mental health as a volunteer

Mark Smith, Digital Content Development Officer, Wales Co-operative Centre Many people attach themselves to a cause having experienced a particular health issue or life event. We see people running marathons, climbing mountains, doing a sponsored silence, baking cakes, knitting giant blankets and so much more. People talk about their experiences, as public speakers, as bloggers, […]

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The Changing Face of Marketing

Ow – my head hurts! I’ve spent the day at the Chartered Institute of Marketing’s summit on the changing face of marketing. In the awe-inspiring surroundings of the British Museum in central London, 150 or so marketing professionals came together to consider the question, how is marketing changing? What are the trends and technology which […]

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Volunteers crucial to running of north Wales leisure centre

We’re sharing this case study as part of the work we’re doing for Volunteers’ Week, which is providing some of the organisations and businesses that we work with to give recognition to their volunteers. From Gavin Rowlands, Canolfan Beaumaris Canolfan Beaumaris is a community run, social enterprise and registered charity, offering sports, leisure, entertainment and […]

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Mike Williams: Volunteering to sustain Amlwch’s heritage

Amlwch is a small town (pop. 3800) on the north coast of Anglesey. It’s about as far north as you can go in Wales without getting wet, and is where I was born and brought up (also where I later served as a governor in my old secondary school). One of the major claims to […]

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Jade provides a lifeline to older people at bistro social enterprise

As part of our work for Volunteers’ Week, we’re profiling the efforts of people who help others at social enterprises. This time, we’re looking at the work of a young woman called Jade, who helps out at Age Connects Torfaen (ACT). We got to speak to Jade as she was taking tea and biscuits into […]

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