Events / Digwyddiadau

This page features both Social Co-operation events and also events that members and non-members may find useful / of interest.

Saturday 14th October

Multistakeholder Co-ops Workshop – Manchester

£40 – £60

Co-operatives are established for the benefit of their members—whether they are consumers, employees, tenants, users of mutual support services or savers and borrowers.

But life isn’t always that simple. What if you have members who don’t benefit themselves specifically, but who wish to support the venture? If you gloss over different interests —the interests of different ‘stakeholders’—you may be storing up potential problems for the future.

The multi-stakeholder co-operative model offers a means to explicitly address the interests of all the stakeholders, be they employees, investors, users of the service, supporters or well-wishers, so different stakeholder groups can have a balanced voice in the business. You can bring in members from outside the main stakeholder groups as advisors, investors or ex-members holding sweat equity; they can participate, but with strictly limited rights.

The Workshop

  • A good understanding of what a multi-stakeholder co-operative is, the advantages offered by this model and some of the complexity.
  • Awareness of some examples of multi-stakeholder co-ops, their successes and complexities.
  • Practical experience of thinking about the design of a multi-stakeholder co-operative.

Kate Whittle is an experienced trainer and facilitator, working in and with co-operatives of all kinds–both in the UK and overseas-for nearly 30 years. She is also a partner in Cooperantics LLP and secretary of Go-op Co-operative, aiming to be the first co-operative open access rail service in the UK.

This event is being organised by Stir To Action in partnership with the Co-operative College

Tuesday 17th October


Charities and co-operation: an update on charity law and governance

After the success of our annual conference on charity law and governance in March, we are running a follow-up event in Manchester – Charities and Co-operation: an update on charity law and governance.

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Wednesday 18th October

‘Maximising Social Value from Public Sector procurement’ – North Wales

09.00 – 14.00

Glasdir, Plas yn Dre, Llanwrst, LL26 0DF

There is continued recognition of the critical role that social businesses play in delivering innovative, person centred public services in Wales. Yet, the 2017 Social Business Mapping Report shows declines in the extent to which social businesses serve the public sector. This workshop will explore the opportunities for social businesses in the delivery of public services, examine in detail provisions around reserved contracts and support businesses, and look at some of the innovative practices taking place across Wales and further afield.

Who Should Attend?

This half day workshop is aimed at social businesses who want a better understanding of how to maximise opportunities from public sector contracts.

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Tuesday 24th October

‘Maximising Social Value from Public Sector procurement’ – South East Wales

09.00 – 14.00

Merthyr Town Football Club, Romans Room, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales CF47 8RF

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Thursday 26th October

‘Maximising Social Value from Public Sector procurement’ – South West Wales

09.00 – 14.00

National Botanic Gardens of Wales, Llanarthney, SA32 8HN

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Thursday 26th – Friday 27th October

Welsh Public Health Conference

09.00 – 17.00

Celtic Manor Resort, Newport

The seventh annual conference will take place at the Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, and with a fresh format and an exciting line up of speakers and interactive sessions, promises to be the best yet.

Inspired by the strengths of the rich literary and cultural history of Wales, the 2017 conference, ‘Building on our strengths to ensure a healthy sustainable future’, takes a creative approach to exploring the challenges and solutions surrounding health and wellbeing.

Tracey Cooper, Chief Executive, said: “We know that in order to tackle the health challenges we face as a nation and create a healthier, happier and fairer Wales for our present and future generations, we need to take a purposeful and collaborative approach through working together.

“This means working in partnership with our colleagues from across Wales and beyond to find innovative, collaborative solutions to making sustainable improvements in health and wellbeing.

“In celebration of Wales’ cultural heritage and diversity we’re taking a fresh and more interactive approach to the conference this year – it’s going to be very different to anything we’ve done before and, we hope, will encourage plenty of collaboration and discussion. So all are welcome to come along and share, contribute and learn.”

As well as Public Health Wales staff, we encourage all colleagues with an interest in public health to attend the conference including those working in communities, with young people, housing, the public and education sectors, the emergency services, the NHS, charities, voluntary organisations, and within local authorities.

More information can be found here:

November 2017

Wed 15 November 2017


09:30 – 12:30

This morning conference highlights the opportunities that are available for collaboration with the NHS Betsi Cadwallader University Health Board research & development programmes to bring ideas and products to commercialisation.

The agenda will reflect on what has been achieved to date with case studies, product development ideas and assessment as well as examining what potential areas there may be for future engagement and outcomes to healthcare markets. It will also examine practical ideas that can lead to unmet clinical needs.

This “Innovation“ session is aimed at healthcare professionals, high-tech, R & D companies, Life science enterprises and organisations, local authorities with social healthcare concerns. E.g. dementia, and the possible future of medium and long-term solutions.

A final forum session will examine :

Are there untapped markets and avenues to:-

(a) Innovation led social healthcare solutions

(b) Finding new ways to collaborate in North Wales region

Canolfan Fusnes Conwy Business Centre, Junction Way, Llandudno

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Good Practice Wales – Using alternative delivery models to deliver public services

9am – 1pm 
22 November 2017
Swalec Stadium, Cardiff, CF11 9XR 


29th November

9am- 4.30pm

The 6th Annual All Wales Continuous Improvement Community Conference is being held on the 29th November 2017. In 2017 the All Wales Continuous Improvement Community has been heading west, first the 2017 annual awards were held at Margam Park in May and we are pleased to announce this year’s conference is being held in the Liberty Stadium Swansea.

So why not take the opportunity to network and meet others from across the CI community in Wales and beyond and hear from Jim Lawless, Tracy Myhill and Professor Bill Lucas.

This year’s theme is:

‘Improvement & Risk  – Failure is not an option’

The Public service is under ever increasing pressure to deliver higher quality services to the Welsh public. To achieve this, services across the public sector will have to try new ways of working, use new technologies and take risks. However, do we really take risks both organisationally and as individuals? This year’s theme is about connecting the need for taking risk to good improvement.efforts and ultimately better public services.

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