Posts from September 2017

Leading re-use social enterprise awarded £500,000 to open new base in the Valleys

Toogoodtowaste is thrilled to announce that it has been successful with its application to the Big Lottery People and Places Fund, and has secured a grant of £500,000 to open a showroom, workshops and community space in Treorchy. Nearly three years ago the social enterprise purchased the Former Education Centre on Horeb Street, in the […]

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First impressions in co-op housing will stay with me

I often find it difficult to explain to people what I do. I work in housing but I don’t allocate tenants new homes, don’t collect rent, and don’t manage people’s tenancies. Explaining that I work in co-operative housing encourages even more blank faces and endless questions… – What is co-operative housing? – Is that eco-friendly […]

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Prosperity for All: the role of social businesses in the new national strategy

  This week, Welsh Government published its national strategy to deliver its key priorities for the rest of the Assembly term. It sets out commitments and actions aimed at creating prosperity for all and improving well-being in Wales. In this blog we highlight key points from the new strategy, explore how social businesses can help […]

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Bringing thoughts on co-op housing from the other side of the world

We’ve received a guest blog from Leonie Ramondt, who is the Royal Society of the Arts Cymru / Wales Fellowship Councillor and leads on their Wellbeing Project here in Wales. In this post, Leonie draws upon her experience of co-op housing in Australia, with hopes for her new home in Swansea. She also looks into […]

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Time for a Full Public Bank in Wales? Yes.

Mick Brown and Pat Conaty make the case for supporting a Public Bank for Wales. With due care, but Yes. The positive thrust of PPIW’s report to Welsh Government on the benefits and viability of a Public Bank for Wales is to be welcomed.  The report reviews prominent international examples of public banking, and finds […]

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Direct Payments – Some real progress but so much further to go….

Vin West has been a parent and carer for 30 years. His daughter was the first person in Gwynedd to receive Direct Payments. He helped found the Gwynedd Direct Payments Forum in 2000 and recently supported Gwynedd Social Services, through co-producing a new Direct Payments policy and staff guidance, in line with the 2014 Social […]

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Is Employee Ownership the Golden Ticket?

On Roald Dahl Day, we discuss what Willy Wonka should have done with the Chocolate Factory. Roald Dahl is one of my all time favourite authors; I’ve loved him since I was a little girl. I have many fond memories of my brother and I sitting on our parents’ bed in our pyjamas, enraptured, as my […]

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