Principles met

  • We will develop systems that enable citizens to be equal partners in designing and commissioning public services and in determining the use of public resources.
  • We will promote community-based approaches to economic development that focus on supporting the creation of jobs, social enterprises and other businesses and providing an environment for co-operative and mutual enterprises to thrive.
  • We will embrace innovation in how we work with local communities to drive positive change.
  • We will capture and ‘expand’ the experience and learning from individual projects and approaches in order to encourage broader application of co-operative principles within individual member Councils and across the Network.
  • In exploring new ways of meeting the priority needs of our communities we will encourage models, such as co-operatives and mutuals, which give greater influence and voice to staff and users. in designing and commissioning public services and in determining the use of public resources.
  • As a membership organisation, we will make this statement of our principles operational by: • Co-operation among members: Our members work together to help each other implement our values, sharing experiences and learning. • Openness of membership: Full, Associate and Affiliate Membership is open to any qualifying Council, organisation or individual who shares our values and is committed to putting them into action. • Co-production of the Network’s work: Members help shape the Network’s work programme and the content of events and written products. • Action-focused: The network is a vehicle for helping councils translate co-operative values and principles into policy and practice. •Membership-based: The network is majority funded by modest membership subscriptions from its member Councils, Associates and Affiliates. •Non-party-political: Members share the belief that working co-operatively within and across communities holds the key to tackling today’s challenges.

Adult Social Care has long struggled to attract people into a sector often viewed as low-skilled and low-paid with little opportunity for progression. The pandemic compounded the issue. Add to this, an aging workforce and low numbers of under 25s, and there was clear case to act and do things differently.

The Care To Join Us campaign was born out of a need not only to fill our own pressing vacancies, but those of our ethical care framework providers, our wider workforce. A new, creative and different approach was needed to build the attractiveness of the sector, to appeal to young people and to find the many people in the borough who we know have  the people and life skills, the experiences and the heart to work in care.

We are committed to matching the need to fill job vacancies in social care with the needs and aspirations of adults and young people living in the borough. The campaigns and approaches we embarked on support community wealth building, focusing on providing local jobs which enable local people to earn a sustainable salary working with the Council and ethical commissioned providers in roles which offer real career prospects to those who aspire further. The cyclical benefit is that residents are working in their own communities, in