Mark Smith


Marketing Officer, Wales Co-operative Centre

Blog Posts

Exploring the future of health and social care in Wales

Recently, the Parliamentary Review of Health and Social Care in Wales held a consultation event in Cardiff. Ceri-Anne Fidler, Policy and Development Officer for the Wales Co-operative Centre, gives her perspective on the day’s events. The Parliamentary Review Panel has been exploring the future of health and social care in Wales.  Looking at current challenges faced […]

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Digital Inclusion…… We’re not there yet!

From Andrew Jacobs, Head of Financial and Digital Inclusion, Welsh Government For the vast majority of us, we can’t imagine a life without the internet. For work, learning or recreation we increasingly rely (possibly too much sometimes) on digital technologies. Yet, too many are still missing out on the benefits of the internet, with around […]

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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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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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Volunteering – in housing and in co-operation

From Dave Palmer, Co-operative Housing Project Manager, Wales Co-operative Manager The first co-operative principle is Voluntary and Open Membership. Co-operatives are voluntary organisations, which are open to all persons able to use their services. The co-op principles are guidelines by which co-operatives put their values into practice, and their last two ethical values, are social […]

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Centre celebrates Volunteers’ Week

  Volunteers’ Week is an annual event which takes place this week (1-7 June). It celebrates the contribution made by millions of volunteers across the UK. It’s run by NCVO in partnership with a number of organisations, including the Wales Council for Voluntary Action. From showcasing the different volunteering roles on offer, taster sessions and […]

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Skills for Work Week – what we look for at the Centre

It’s Skills for Work Week, this week, and we’re marking the occasion by looking at what it takes to work at the Wales Co-operative Centre, while a number of us will be shadowing each other for a day, to get a better understanding of our work and how our colleagues do their jobs. The week […]

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