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
Funding provided by Welsh Government.