Posts from January 2017

Financial inclusion support eases woman’s mental health problems

Recent statistics show that 23% of Wales’ population, 700,000 people, are struggling to make ends meet[1]). Poverty cannot be eradicated if essentials like housing, food and energy are unaffordable for people on low and modest incomes. The Welsh Government has made significant progress towards meeting the needs of people with complex needs, including action on […]

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Housing co-op boosts young people’s resilience against poverty

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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Could we have helped Daniel Blake?

The Tackling Poverty Fortnight campaign that we’re currently running at the Wales Co-operative Centre has made me think of a story that has captured the nation’s thoughts in recent months – ‘I, Daniel Blake’. When I watched it in the cinema I was moved to tears, probably more than any other film I’ve seen. I […]

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Project provides critical support to save Newport man from homelessness

The Wales Co-operative Centre is currently running its fourth annual Tackling Poverty Fortnight campaign. The campaign will demonstrate 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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Library and Job Centre staff join forces to reduce poverty in Conwy

The Wales Co-operative Centre is currently running its fourth annual Tackling Poverty Fortnight campaign. The campaign will demonstrate 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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Social enterprise’s childcare boosts prospects for Valleys’ families

It’s been suggested, in recent research, that improving the quality of early-years childcare provision can boost the life chances of children living in poverty. Thinking about it, wouldn’t that also enable parents to seek employment opportunities that were previously difficult to take on? Also, wouldn’t such services create jobs in their own right? This is […]

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Afallon Co-operative Housing scheme opens in Rhyl

From Brett Sadler, North Wales Housing When you have been working in housing as long as I have (15+ years), it’s not often that you get to work on something that is completely new. In the case of co-operative housing, this was definitely the case! At North Wales Housing we hadn’t been involved in developing […]

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Mr. Bishop’s story highlights importance of ‘Your Money, Your Home’ work

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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Tackling Poverty Fortnight 2017

Levels of poverty in Wales are unacceptable. Approximately 700,000 people live in poverty in Wales, which is almost 1 in 4 of us, according to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. At the Wales Co-operative Centre we are widely recognised for our work supporting co-operatives, social enterprises and employee owned business. We are perhaps less well known […]

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A Personal View of Co-operative Development in Wales

From Glenn Bowen, Director of Enterprise at Wales Co-operative Centre 2017 is a milestone for me as it marks 20 years of involvement in the co-operative movement in Wales. I joined the Wales Co-operative Centre as a development worker in January 1997, fresh out of university with my business degree. I had gone through all […]

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