Papers for 1st July 2013 - evidence, John Restakis' previous visit

Below are notes from John Restakis' previous visit, plus Evidence submitted by the Welsh Progressive Co-operators to the Welsh Co-operative and Mutuals Commission

John Restakis’s visit to Wales: Key Points June 2012

1.  John welcomed the emphasis placed in the forthcoming Social Services Bill on the need for services to be user-centred and user-directed, the need to increase service users’ access to information and the need for early intervention.

2.  John argued that to put this vision into practice it is necessary to ensure that users participate as equals in the governance of the body providing services and that this can best be achieved in a co-operative model.  This equalises access to information on finances, performance statistics, quality standards, development priorities etc. and also provides service users with a social network based on reciprocity which enhances their social capital and sense of well-being. READ MORE

Evidence to the Welsh Co-operative and Mutuals Commission  ‘Voice, Choice and Control for Older People – a Co-operative Future’  submission by Welsh Progressive Co-operators

You can comment below each paragraph and the Appendices and any questions before the event will be considered for discussion.

3 How can the Welsh Government support the formation and growth of co-operatives and mutuals in Wales?

3   How can the Welsh Government support the formation and growth of  co-operatives and mutuals in Wales?

The institutional framework in Canada and Quebec has similarities but also differences from Wales, especially the highly regarded legal status of co-operatives in Quebec. It would be appropriate if lessons could be drawn from the innovative Canadian experience. See Appendix 1.

If we are to commence as we intend to proceed to scale up service user control, with a trusted, quality approach to service delivery, it is recommended that both the Commission and Welsh Government keenly observe developments taking place in Canada. The most innovative aspects of this programme being directed by John Restakis, with federal Government support, is the adaptation of franchising models for the provision of social care by local communities.

Using a social franchising model for the replication and development of community based elder care, and focusing on care models that provide control rights to users and their families, will address a major social issue that affects every Welsh person and every community and brings a host of advantages that come with a user-controlled model. Regardless of the type of elder care, it is recommended that Government ensures:

(a) That in accordance with good community development practice the service responds to a genuine and documented need and has the backing of the community, and

(b) That it promotes user control over the services.

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