Welcome to the Social Co-operation Forum

This is a platform for co-operators to share information and views on Social Co-operation throughout Wales, the UK and beyond.

A Social Co-operation Forum for Wales was established to bring together all those working to develop co-operative models of support in the field of social care and well-being. This is particularly important following the introduction of the Social Services & Wellbeing (Wales) Act in April 2016. The Act places a duty on local authorities to promote co-operatives, social enterprise, user-led and third sector organisations for social care, and also seeks to ensure that citizen-users of social care have a “strong voice and real control”.

The Forum believes that user-led and multi-stakeholder co-operatives, embracing co-operative principles of democracy and co-ownership, are ideal models for achieving the Act’s aspirations.

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