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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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Social care project working to break mental health and poverty cycle

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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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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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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Merry Christmas from Care to Co-operate!

As the office winds down for the Christmas holidays the less frantic atmosphere provides the space to reflect on the past few months – it’s been phenomenal! If you want to know more read our first Care to Co-operate Newsletter published late last week. One of the challenges the Care to Co-operate team will be […]

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Will the Cardiff Capital Region City Deal benefit the entire region?

The Growth and Competitiveness Commission for the Cardiff Capital Region (CCR) is going to publish its report this Friday 16th December. So what is the Commission and what should we hope the report says? There is still a lot of complexity around the goings on within the Capital Region. The CCR is taking forward a […]

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Co-operation among co-operatives – what co-op housing associations can learn from each other

by Dave Palmer, Co-operative Housing Project Manager, Wales Co-operative Centre The 6th International Co-operative Principal – Co-operation among Co-operatives, states that ‘Co-operatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the Co-operative Movement by working together, through local, national, regional and international structures.’ With this in mind, Glenn Bowen and Dave Palmer from the Wales Co-operative […]

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Co-operative housing in Wales: building homes, creating communities, changing lives

From Tamsin Stirling, Wales Co-operative Centre board member (co-opted) In early October, I was a guest at a co-operative housing workshop facilitated by the Wales Co-operative Centre and the Confederation of Co-operative Housing. The aim of the workshop was to reflect on the progress of the Welsh co-operative housing programme to date and to look […]

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Care to Co-operate making good progress, six months in

By Gareth Rogers, Care to Co-operate Project Officer You can achieve quite a lot in six months, and that’s certainly how it feels on Care to Co-operate. Our launch events back in June generated lots of interest and enabled us to pick up a large number of client and partner leads. Since then the team […]

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Is social business the stuff of fairy tales?

Today is Social Enterprise Day in the UK…but what exactly is social enterprise, and why does it need its own ‘hashtagged’ awareness day? To be honest, up until a few months ago, I had very little understanding of social enterprise, and could not have told you how a social business differs from other business models. […]

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