Posts about Co-operatives

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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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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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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