Care to Co-operate
This project 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.
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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.
Care to Co-operate is funded by Welsh Government and delivered by the Wales Co-operative Centre. 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.
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 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.
"The co-operative structure provides an excellent platform for the voice and control of Men’s Sheds members who will be the driving force within the association. The support of Care to Co-operate has been invaluable in its development."
Care to Co-operate introduced a co-operative management system that lets service users at Gorwelion Newydd have a say in how their care services are run.
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