Principles met

  • 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.
  • We will support the development of a framework and criteria for social value, giving substance to the concept and supporting Councils with the tools to ensure better local social and economic outcomes.
  • 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.

Cwmpas working with the Welsh Government & Bridgend Council

Cwmpas identified that many people leaving hospital did not have the financial means to access technology or an internet connection. Technology has the power to enable people living with long-term health problems to better manage their care and maintain or increase their independence. Cwmpas developed two projects with funding from the Welsh Government and Bridgend County Borough Council to collaborate with local third sector organisations to identify people who could benefit from having a digital device or internet connectivity. Cwmpas worked with the third sector organisations to:

  1. Identify the most appropriate device for the person’s needs by factoring in their health, accessibility issues, digital skill level, access to broadband etc.
  2. Provide the organisation with funding for the device and connectivity.
  3. Support the organisation to provide the person they support to make the most oftheir new device, linking them to sources of health and care, digital training, ideas for making the best use of their device, activities to uplift wellbeing.

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