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05 October 2018

Co-operation in Housing

Co-operation in Housing
Dave Palmer, from the Wales Co-operative centre, will be speaking at our One Big Housing Conference. He tells us how Housing Associations and Local Authorities can work with the Wales Co-op Centre to access support.

I’m not one for quotes, nor a Royalist, but whilst preparing to write this blog for CHC’s One Big Housing Conference I found the following on their website, by none other than Queen Elizabeth II.

‘I know of no single formula for success. But over the years I have observed that some attributes of leadership are universal and are often about finding ways of encouraging people to combine their efforts, their talents, their insights, their enthusiasm and their inspiration to work together‘

Applying this to community led housing, it is all about Co-operation!

In a Rural Housing Co-operatives session at One Big Housing Conference, I will be showing how Housing Associations and Local Authorities can access support from the Wales Co-op Centre to meet the demand for co-operative housing across Wales.

There are seven International Co-operative Principles, the last (and most important?) of which is concern for community, working for the sustainable development of communities through policies approved by members.

However, Co-operatives are also enterprises based on ethics, values and principles that put the needs and aspirations of their members above the simple goal of maximising profit. Through self-help and empowerment; reinvesting in communities and concern for the well-being of people and the world in which we live; co-operatives nurture a long-term vision for sustainable economic growth, social development and environmental responsibility. This ensures that Housing Co-operatives meet the goals of the Wellbeing and Future Generations Act here in Wales.

As member-owned, member-run and member-serving businesses, co-operatives empower people to collectively realise their economic aspirations, while strengthening their social and human capital and developing their communities.

Also in the session, Jon Adams, Project Development Officer from Bronllys Well Being Park Community Land Trust, will describe their progress to meet the needs of the Act in their rural community. He will also present a proposal for developing affordable housing, as well as other projects.

It promises to be a right ‘royal’ session.

See the full programme for One Big Housing Conference and book your tickets here.