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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.

8 What constraints are you aware of in establishing and expanding co- operatives and can you suggest ways of getting around them?

8 What constraints are you aware of in establishing and expanding co- operatives and can you suggest ways of getting around them?

It is anticipated that Newport Social Care Co-operative will provide the Commission with a case study.

Overall, what is needed is a set of practical proposals.

Strategies now need to be formulated with service users seeking to establish to provide practical ways of supporting the development of sustainable enterprises committed to delivering services that meet the real needs of those in need of care and other social services. Such strategies are most likely to be based upon co-operatives and mutual forms of enterprise that should always:

  • remain fully committed to their purpose
  • act in the best interests of their members/ service users
  • act with integrity
  • treat all of their members/service users equally
  • remain autonomous
  • ensure their sustainability and continuity


If such enterprises/service providers are to become prevalent, then it is essential the necessary investment is made in providing the education, training and development for the people that will both lead and participate within them.

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