Co-operation: between users and workers – Co-operative Care Colne Valley

Date / 25th March 2021

Time / 6.45pm - 8.00pm

Location / Webinar

You are invited to the third Sharing Care webinar – this time focussing on engagement with members, and making the most of the dynamic tension that exists between different member constituencies in the organisation.

The UK co-operative and mutual movement is best known for organisations established by customers – retail co-operative societies and building societies – although there is also a strong tradition of worker and producer co-operatives. More recently there is growing interest in organisations – like Co-operative Care Colne Valley – which recognise and accommodate more than one constituency of interest – most commonly service users, and employees.

The Co-operative Movement had started to develop its own approach to this through multi-stakeholder co-operatives. A radically different take was introduced in 2003 through legislation for NHS Foundation Trusts, which has given rise to another possible approach, with ownership and governance designed around having two or more categories of members.

This webinar will explore these different models in (and beyond) the context of care co-operatives, the impact they can have on commitment and engagement of members as well as the quality of services.

Our speaker is Cliff Mills – a well known co-operative lawyer who, as well as writing individual and model constitutions for a range of co-operative and member-based organisations, established a number of the first three waves of NHS Foundation Trusts. He has subsequently used the learning from that to develop user and worker-based ownership and governance arrangements in other sectors.

It would be great if you can join on Thursday 25th March 7pm to 8pm (the session will open at 6.45pm so that we can start on time). There’ll be plenty of time for questions and discussion following Cliff’s talk.

The webinar will run on Zoom. Click on the ‘Register’ button to book your digital seat.