The Social Services & Well-being (Wales) Act places a duty on local authorities to promote co-operatives, social enterprise, user-led and third sector organisations for social care, and also seeks to ensure that citizens accessing social care have a “strong voice and real control”. The Forum believes that citizen-led and multi-stakeholder co-operatives, embracing co-operative principles of democracy and co-ownership, are ideal models for achieving the Act’s aspirations.
The Social Co-operation Forum is a membership network promoting co-operative models of social care and well-being. It promotes social care innovation in Wales based on co-operative values and methods of working, with particular, but not exclusive emphasis, on citizen-controlled delivery models.
Currently meeting four times a year, the Social Co-operation Forum aims to:
- Bring together representatives of the key stakeholder groups
- Encourage and support the sustainable development of local co-operatives
- Encourage and support the “co-operisation” of existing social care provider organisations
- Encourage the creation and implementation of legislation, policies and guidance for social care (and related services) which foster the development of services and systems based on co-operative values and principles
- Learn from relevant international developments in co-operation and social care
- Encourage and support a strategic programme of co-operative education.
For more information please visit socialcoopforum.wales.