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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.

9 Are there ways in which the use of information technology and social media could be used to strengthen the co-operative and mutual economy in Wales?

9 Are there ways in which the use of information technology and social media could be used to strengthen the co-operative and mutual economy in Wales?

This will be considered in the context of Newport Social Care Co-operative business plan. More generally, the most significant use of information technology and social media yet to be fully exploited by many member-controlled enterprises are the opportunities that it can provide for improving the quality of the participation of members in the planning and control of their enterprises.

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