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Our plans for Robert Owen 250
14 May 2021 marks the 250th Anniversary of the birth of Robert Owen. Owen is widely acknowledged as the father of co-operation, and the Wales Co-operative Centre is busy planning activities to mark the event.Blog
The Next Steps for Platform Co-operatives in Wales
Following the last meeting of the Cross-Party Group for Co-operatives and Mutuals, Policy and Research Officer Daniel Roberts outlines what we learned about the potential for this new type of firm and what we need to do to allow the sector to flourish.BlogCo-operativePolicyPress and opinion
Manifesto review – What does the Welsh Conservative manifesto mean for social enterprise?
Ahead of the Senedd elections, we will look at each party manifesto in turn and consider what they mean for the sector in Wales.BlogCo-operativeSocial enterprise
Manifesto review – What does the Welsh Labour manifesto mean for social enterprise?
This May sees the Senedd elections in Wales. As political parties publish their manifestos, we will look at each manifesto in turn and consider what they mean for the sector in Wales.BlogPolicySocial enterprise
Manifesto review – What does the Plaid Cymru manifeso mean for social enterprise?
This May sees the Senedd elections in Wales. The Social Enterprise Stakeholder Group will be looking at each party manifesto and asking what it means for the sector in Wales.Blog
Hack to the Future
Inspiring social entrepreneurship by reimagining the hackathon ideaBlogPress and opinionSocial enterprise
How can we support third sector leaders to maximise the benefits of digital?
The pandemic has made clear how vital digital skills are for charities and social enterprises. But digital approaches can be a big challenge, for small voluntary organisations in particular. So what more can we do to help the Welsh third sector, asks Wales Co-operative Centre Chief Executive Derek Walker.Blog
Manifesto for the social enterprise sector in Wales
Throughout the pandemic, social enterprises across Wales helped keep people in work and provided crucial community support and vital services. The Social Enterprise Stakeholder Group believe social enterprise can now play a key role in helping to rebuild a fairer, more inclusive, and sustainable economy as we recover and rebuild.BlogNewsSocial enterprise
Moving from inclusion to resilience – an agenda for digital inclusion in Wales
Although the internet has been with us for 30 years, the growth of daily online activity in recent years has been dramatic. However, there are still deep digital divides and inequalities in Wales, which have been further exacerbated by Covid-19.BlogDigital inclusionNews
Work still to be done for Wales to become a digitally-inclusive nation
Those ‘left behind’ are at risk of falling further behind if we do not tackle the stubborn levels of digital exclusion that persist, says Professor Hamish Laing, Chair of the Digital Inclusion Alliance for WalesNewsBlog
Digital Leaders Week 2021 will feature TechFest4SocialGood
Karen Lewis, Director of External Engagement at Wales Co-operative Centre, today announced that Digital Leaders Week 2021 will be taking place in Wales from 14 – 18 June 2021.NewsBlogDigital inclusion
International Women’s Day
For International Women's Day 2021, Ceri-Anne Fidler reflects on the challenges the pandemic has posed for women across Wales, the impact on women in social enterprise and the potential role of social enterprise in addressing these.Blog