Principles met

  • We will explore ways for councils to act as a platform for helping the community to contribute to local outcomes, and to re-think the role of councillors as community connectors, brokers and leaders.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Residents at an extra care housing site gained a vibrant community restaurant serving healthy meals from food that would otherwise go to waste, thanks to local public and community anchor organisations taking a cooperative, community wealth-building approach to local economic development.

From May 2023, Waste 2 Taste will be providing affordable and ethical food at Shotover View, serving residents and local people through a Community café, and providing a catering service committed to a vibrant, healthy and sustainable food culture.

The cafe will be highly sustainable, using food surplus for its main ingredients, and inclusive, providing a pathway into work to homeless and vulnerably-housed people through food- related mentoring and training opportunities.

The community café space and commercial kitchen is leased at no cost, under a cooperation agreement between Waste 2 Taste and a local housing association, bpha, which will enable Waste 2 Taste to grow as an ethical catering business.

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