Posts about Co-operatives

First Minister places co-operatives and co-operation at the heart of Welsh Government

  Speaking at the recent centenary conference of the Co-operative Party, Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones set out how Welsh Government has supported co-operation and co-operatives to date and its plans to support the sector over the term of this Assembly. He put co-operation firmly at the centre of Welsh Government’s thinking, stating: Achieving fair […]

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Co-operative models can help drive up standards for Taxi drivers in Wales

Working conditions for taxi drivers do not have to suffer with the introduction of digital platforms in the taxi industry. Co-operative models can offer customer convenience whilst maintaining employment standards. It can be win-win. Uber has made headlines in recent weeks following London Transport’s decision not to renew their London license. Uber was deemed to […]

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Newport housing co-op member stars in volunteer awards

Many thanks to Jill Stringfellow, Co-operative Housing Development Manager at POBL Group, for sharing this story with us. The story is about Luana Dee, a member of the Loftus Village Housing Co-operative, who has won a Highly Commended Award through the Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisations (GAVO) Volunteer Recognition Scheme. A housing co-operative is not […]

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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 […]

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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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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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We want your views – small business rates relief scheme for Wales

  In April 2018, Welsh Government will introduce a permanent new rates relief scheme for small businesses. They are now seeking views on these proposals. We’ve summarised the main proposals and our thoughts on some of these below. If you’re a social business working in Wales, we’d be grateful for your views on these proposals […]

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Employee Owned businesses ‘keep on moving’ as they celebrate 5th EO Day

Employee Owned businesses ‘keep on moving’ as they celebrate 5th EO Day Five employee owned businesses in Wales As part of our fortnight of employee ownership themed activities we are helping the Employee Ownership Association to celebrate the 5th annual Employee Ownership Day today. EO Day is the national celebration of employee ownership and a […]

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Citizen-Provider Partnerships for care and support services

An important part of the Care to Co-operate service is supporting the development of partnerships for care and support services. One way we have been doing this is by supporting a number of third sector organisations to form partnerships, to bid collectively for Local Authority contracts. Although this is a key part of achieving a […]

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