Co-operatives Fortnight: making life better for people who use Direct Payments – and we LOVE Co-operating!

At the start of Co-operatives Fortnight, we mentioned an emerging co-operative called ‘Friends United Together’ This group of five friends have got together to make their Direct Payments go further by pooling funds, so they can do more of what they like. Below is a case study about their story so far – keep anContinue reading “Co-operatives Fortnight: making life better for people who use Direct Payments – and we LOVE Co-operating!”

Co-operatives Fortnight: the co-operative model that brings carers together

Today we are talking about Personal Assistant co-operatives, and the positive impact they can have on a people who’s occupation can sometimes be lonely and isolating. “Unpaid carers looking after loved ones living with an illness, disability, mental health condition or as they grow older are seven times more likely to be lonely compared withContinue reading “Co-operatives Fortnight: the co-operative model that brings carers together”

Co-operatives Fortnight: Building a co-operative care sector for Wales!

Today marks the second week of ‘Co-operatives Fortnight’ – two weeks of co-operative goodness: from community clean ups to cooking classes, digital hacks, and education events – the whole sector celebrating what can be achieved when we co-operate. The Social Co-operation Forum is celebrating the ‘Co-operative Care and Support Sector’ in Wales. Showing you what isContinue reading “Co-operatives Fortnight: Building a co-operative care sector for Wales!”

Co-operatives Fortnight is here, and we have lots to shout about!

Today marks the beginning of ‘Co-operatives Fortnight’ – two weeks of co-operative goodness: from community clean ups to cooking classes, digital hacks, and education events – the whole sector celebrating what can be achieved when we co-operate. For the next two weeks, the Social Co-operation Forum will be celebrating the ‘Co-operative Care and Support Sector’. ShowingContinue reading “Co-operatives Fortnight is here, and we have lots to shout about!”

Meet Your Co-operative Development Advisers

This week we have talking about Direct Payment co-operatives, and the amazing difference they make to peoples lives – especially with voice and control over care and support services. We teased a bit of information about an emerging Direct Payment co-operative, ‘Friends United Together’. We also published a fact sheet that tells you what youContinue reading “Meet Your Co-operative Development Advisers”

Care to Co-operate: Let’s start a Direct Payment Co-operative!

Yesterday we shared a story about an emerging, co-produced, Direct Payment co-operative called ‘Friends United Together’ – if you didn’t see the story, you can read it here. What is so good about Direct Payment co-operatives I hear you ask? Let’s have a look at Friends United Together… “By working together as a co-operative andContinue reading “Care to Co-operate: Let’s start a Direct Payment Co-operative!”

Co-production is Making Life Better for People who use Direct Payments – and we LOVE Co-operating!

In 2018, Swansea local authority announced changes in the commissioning and tendering process for care and support services. This now means people are at risk of losing the provider and carer that they have built up a relationship with. The alternative is for them to register for Direct Payments, which will give them the optionContinue reading “Co-production is Making Life Better for People who use Direct Payments – and we LOVE Co-operating!”

Cwtch Together: A short film about an Inclusive Play Project in Cardiff

Cwtch Together, is a Saturday play project in central Cardiff, for children with learning disabilities – as well as their carers, siblings and families, in a fun and caring space created so they can play together. In 2018, as a result of Cardiff Council budget cuts the disability play scheme came under threat. This serviceContinue reading “Cwtch Together: A short film about an Inclusive Play Project in Cardiff”

Flintshire DO IT: Making Communities More Inclusive (Film)

DO – IT’s mission is to “make our communities more inclusive positive places, by bringing locals together”, including people with learning disabilities. It aims to do this by helping its local community develop and grow inclusive projects and activities, such as the popular community cinema. Care to Co-operate has worked with Flintshire DO IT toContinue reading “Flintshire DO IT: Making Communities More Inclusive (Film)”

Cwtch Together: A short film about an Inclusive Play Project in Cardiff

Cwtch Together, is a Saturday play project in central Cardiff, for children with learning disabilities – as well as their carers, siblings and families, in a fun and caring space created so they can play together. In 2018, as a result of Cardiff Council budget cuts the disability play scheme came under threat. This serviceContinue reading “Cwtch Together: A short film about an Inclusive Play Project in Cardiff”