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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 2 - Recommendations to the NationalAssembly for Wales Health and Social Care Committee Residential Care Inquiry into the residential care needs of older people by Wales Progressive Co-operators in December 2011.

Appendix 2

 

Recommendations to the NationalAssembly for Wales Health and Social Care Committee Residential Care Inquiry into the residential care needs of older people by Wales Progressive Co-operators in December 2011.

That, during United Nations International Year of Co-operatives 2012:

(a)      Wales should take an international approach to the pursuit of knowledge and understanding of social innovations in relation to the provision of care   services to an ageing population, and a vigorous approach to practical,          local application.

(b)       Co-operatives in Wales should urgently focus upon the importance of co-operative education to increase awareness and understanding of what is      distinctive about co-operative approaches in this sector and increase their    membership.Co-operative education should help to engage more people             in the debate to build interest in the cooperative model and start to generate a commitment to doing things differently.  

 (c)       Active consideration should be given to the drafting (as in Canada) of        ‘Principles for a National Co-op Elder Care Programme’ toensure older people have a democratic stakeholder model;as part of the Third Phase of the Older Peoples Strategy consultation,in April 2012, to give dignity in            care. These principles can be found at Appendix One.

(d)       Older people, and others, establish a ‘Council of Elders’, as a source of     wisdom, to provide mutual support and assistance in enabling the development of Co-operative Home Care Services drawing upon             international experience.

(e)       Non statutory bodies seeking to benefit from government grants should     sign a register to commit to providing ‘controlrights’ to service users so       they have a greater say inensuing the needs of service users are central      to delivering the service.

http://www.senedd.assemblywales.org/documents/s500000911/Consultation%20response%20RC%2066%20-%20Wales%20Progressive%20Co-operators.html?CT=2

Newport 28 April 2013

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