• Lead Member Co-operative College
  • Participating Members Co-operative College, Development.coop, Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), Plymouth City Council, Polesworth Parish Council
  • Year 2021
  • Type Policy Labs

About the project

The Co-operative College has successfully delivered a two-part induction programme for councillors and officers who represent Full Member Councils, Associate Members, Affiliate Members and Supporters of CCIN. These materials, which introduce CCIN, collate existing CCIN outputs and explore key themes for co-operative councils are freely accessible. The induction materials are framed by the International Co-operative Alliance’s (ICA) Values and Principles and Statement of Identity, but also those Principles developed by CCIN which link to the ICA’s V and P but which additionally reflect the diverse contexts of Co-operative Councils.

Following the launch of the induction, the growth of the CCIN family, ongoing devolution and the distinctive experiences of 2020, not only has the co-operative case become even more compelling, but new issues have emerged through discussion, networking and feedback. These issues continue to relate to how CCIN members can effectively use Values and Principles in their practice as a Council – not only within their own organisations but with communities, in political opposition and to create a sustainable culture of co-operation. Fundamental to this thinking and learning is how the co-operative economy can be built more broadly and sustainably.

Our proposal is for an accredited online training programme (taking a micro-credentials approach) that is suitable for all CCIN Members but which picks up, in flexible ways, the knowledge and insight requirements of Associate members including those in opposition. One ambition is for CCIN members to be ‘put through the programme’ by CCIN. The distinctiveness of the offer lies in it being relevant and available to the broad LGA family from Parish Councils to Combined Authorities. In addition to repurposing existing Values and Principles content, other materials will be co-produced with CCIN stakeholders for the learning offer. We will also ensure that we don’t reinvent the wheel by drawing on work previously developed in earlier co-operative capacity building Policy Labs such as From Co-operative Councils to Co-operative Places.