Mark Smith

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Marketing Officer, Wales Co-operative Centre

Blog Posts

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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Sanctuary award for Digital Communities Wales

Digital Communities Wales (DCW) has received an award from Swansea City of Sanctuary for its work developing a toolkit to support the digital needs of people seeking sanctuary.  DCW also delivered training to senior mentors, covering basic digital skills and specific apps and tools that could help newly arrived people. These mentors volunteer on the […]

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Citizen Directed Co-operatives giving people control over their care needs

From Jeff Brattan-Wilson, Citizen Directed Co-operatives Cymru Development Officer, Disability Wales. Photograph courtesy of Natasha Hirst. Disability Wales are often asked why are we establishing a Citizen Directed Co-operative and what this really means for people. This blog will explore the rationale behind setting up a Citizen Directed Co-operative and also provide an introduction to what we […]

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Warm Homes Campaign highlights fuel poverty issues

From Helen Roach, Development Officer, National Energy Action Cymru (NEA) We at National Energy Action (NEA) Cymru are currently running our annual Warm Homes Campaign to raise awareness of fuel poverty, so we have found it a particularly pertinent time to read about the valuable projects highlighted through the Wales Co-operative Centre’s recent Tackling Poverty Fortnight.  Our vision […]

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New-look website to help people with money advice

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’re […]

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Mental health and money issues highlighted by support project

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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Innovative project helps housing tenants access IT kit and support

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 or recipients of that support. […]

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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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