Welsh Government wants people who use well-being and personal care services to have more say in how they are run and what they offer. It wants more social enterprises and co-operatives to deliver these services.
Our Care to Co-operate team provides support to people in Wales who want to set up or run well-being services in a more collaborative, co-operative and inclusive way. We believe that services are better when the people who need support and the people who provide support work closely together.
Why Care to Co-operate?
Care to Co-operate is funded by Welsh Government and delivered by the Wales Co-operative Centre – a co-operative and a social business – in partnership with the Social Co-operation Forum.
Our Care to Co-operate team have knowledge and expertise in providing support to social enterprises and community co-operatives which deliver well-being and personal care services. The team is supported by the Social Co-operation Forum, a membership network which promotes and specialises in co-operative models of social care and well-being.
Our work with communities
If you have an idea of how care and well-being services could be run, we can help you and your community to develop your ideas into a successful service. We can also work with organisations already delivering services to involve the people who use those services in how they are run. We can:
- Bring people together to discuss ideas and think about ways to work co-operatively
- Help develop the idea and test whether it’ll work in practice
- Help you think about how to manage the service so that everyone has a say in how it’s run
- Provide training on all aspects of running a co-operative service
- Support you with all the legal aspects of setting up the service
Our work with partners
We work with local authorities, health boards, housing associations, charities and voluntary organisations to help them include the people who use services in how they are run. We also work with partners to identify co-operatives and social enterprises that can deliver services as set out in the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act. We work with existing service providers to identify collaborative service opportunities and encourage new partnerships in order to develop and strengthen their services. We can:
- Help to re-design existing services to be more co-operative so that people have a strong voice and control of their services
- Provide guidance on business planning, legal structures and governance
- Assist partners wanting to commission services from co-operatives and social enterprises
Our services are available to anyone interested in setting up a care co-operative. Take a look at how we can support you below.
1. The Light Bulb Phase – when you have the idea!
- Support to take forward your ideas and how to achieve your vision through a set of actions
2. Planning Phase – co-operative actions to develop your idea into support, care and preventative services
- Help to raise awareness and inspire people with the power of co-operation
- Support to form a core group that will turn the initial idea into an action plan
- Guidance on how to research the opportunities for your co-operative to deliver services – and who to
3. Development Phase – more detailed planning readying you for launch day
- Guidance on how to run a co-operative and to work co-operatively with your members, colleagues and other stakeholders
- Information on different funding and finance options for your co-operative along with financial planning and management
- Help to select a legal structure that fits with your co-operative idea and support, care and preventative services
- For consortium – support for the forming of a consortium leading to the signing of a ‘Memorandum of Understanding’
- Assistance with VAT, tax, social care standards, registration with Companies House, the Financial Conduct Authority or the Charity Commission.
Social Co-operation Forum
- Access to the unique support of people already working and co-operating in the social services sector in Wales
- Networking, mentoring and sharing of information knowledge, skills and experience
Comprehensive toolkit complete with all the resources necessary to work co-operatively
- A web based toolkit to be launched during Spring 2017 and accessed via the Care to Co-operate web pages
Funding provided by Welsh Government.