New website will help develop collaborative, co-operative and inclusive care and wellbeing services in Wales

A new digital toolkit has been launched today to help local communities and voluntary groups to develop co-operatives delivering personal care and well-being services.

The Care to Co-operate online toolkit (www.care.wales.coop) provides advice and resources to groups who want to set up or run care and wellbeing services in a more collaborative, co-operative and inclusive way. It has been developed by the Care to Co-operate project, which is delivered by the Wales Co-operative Centre and is funded by Welsh Government.

In 2014, Welsh Government passed legislation to enable people who use care and wellbeing services to have more say in how they are run and what they offer. It wants more social enterprises, co-operatives and user-led organisations to deliver these services.

www.care.wales.coop includes resources for people who use care services, as well as their friends, family, professional carers and neighbours, so they can think about ways to work co-operatively, develop new ideas, and think about how to manage services so that everyone has a say in how they’re run. The interactive online toolkit will help people take the first steps in setting up their own co-operative and features animation, information, quizzes and activities.

Adrian Roper, CEO of Cartrefi Cymru Co-operative and Chairman of the Social Co-operation Forum, said:

“Social care is often in the news for depressing reasons, so it makes a change to report that something positive and new is happening in social care, and that Wales is at the forefront of its development.”

Donna Coyle, Project Manager of Care to Co-operate said:

www.care.wales.coop can help people and communities develop their ideas into a successful service. It can also help organisations already delivering services to involve the people who use those services in how they are run. Alongside the face-to-face support available from the Care to Co-operate team, we believe this toolkit provides the resources needed to grow the co-operative care sector in Wales.”

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