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Welcome to the Social Co-operation Forum site. This is a  platform for members and non members to share information and views on Social Co-operation throughout Wales, the UK and beyond.

A Social Co-operation Forum for Wales was established to bring together all those working to develop co-operative models of support in the field of social care and well-being. This is particularly important following the introduction of the Social Services & Wellbeing (Wales) Act in April 2016. The 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 citizen-users of social care have a “strong voice and real control”. The Forum believes that user-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 Chaired by Adrian Roper, Chief Executive of Cartrefi Cymru, and meets on a regular basis. For more information, download these materials:

About the Social Co-operation Forum

Roles of Social Co-operatives

For a list of current members please visit our ‘Useful Links‘ page.


Your Rights, Direct Payments
& the Act

The All Wales Forum of Parents and Carers of People with Learning Disabilities presents to you a short film.
‘Your Rights, Direct Payments & the Act’

All Wales Forum has been travelling across Wales to speak with parents & carers about their rights under the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act. This is the first piece of legislation of its kind that really puts carers at the heart of it. This Act has given more rights and responsibilities to families but has also implemented new duties on local authorities. We believed it was important to make sure carers in Wales were made aware of this Act and how it affects them. This film is a very brief overview. We understand going through a piece of Welsh Government legislation can be time consuming and as carers that is not time that you can necessarily afford. We have added some helpful links at the end of the film which take you to the pages of Welsh Government & Social Care Wales where you can find a summary or easy read versions of this Act. All Wales Forum has been travelling across Wales to speak with parents & carers about their rights under the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act. This is the first piece of legislation of its kind that really puts carers at the heart of it. This Act has given more rights and responsibilities to families but has also implemented new duties on local authorities. We believed it was important to make sure carers in Wales were made aware of this Act and how it affects them.