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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.

Appendix 1 - Draft Principles for a National Co-op Elder Care Program – extract of a Canadian Elder Care report prepared by a Task Force headed by John Restakis (2008)

Appendix One

Draft Principles for a National Co-op Elder Care Program – extract of a Canadian Elder Care report prepared by a Task Force headed by John Restakis (2008)

http://www.coopscanada.coop/assets/firefly/files/files/pdfs/Research/Microsoft_Word_-_Co-op_Elder_Care_Final_Report__2_.pdf

As in the past, the co-op movement in Canada has a unique opportunity to apply the co-op model at a systemic level to an issue of central concern to Canadians. Like co-op housing, elder care co-ops can flourish if certain principles and supports are put in place.

1.The co-op model(s) generated by the program must be locally owned            and responsive to local needs and conditions.

2.The program should be flexible.

3.The program should address different needs of different users (low   income/middle income, rural/urban, high need/low need).

4.The program should be linked to existing co-op structures (housing co-        ops, funeral co-ops, health care co-ops, and social and solidarity co-         ops).

5.The development of the program should be accompanied by advocacy         for supportive legislation and public policy.

6.The program should seek and accommodate some degree of supportive government funding.

7.The co-op model(s) used by the program should be clear, easy to       understand, replicable, and accessible to a broad range of users.

8.The program should anticipate and be responsive to future needs and          trends.

9.The program should integrate both a national and a local dimension.

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