Putting us in the driving seat: Citizen Directed Support

Hi everyone. This month I attended the Wales Co-operative Centre’s “Doing Things Differently” event. This looked how we can improve social services for citizens in Wales by looking at alternative delivery models such as social enterprises, co-operatives, user led services and third sector organisations. I was very pleased to see that the Citizen Directed Co-operatives […]

What is a Citizen Directed Co-operative?

What is a Citizen Directed Co-operative? Direct payments enable service users to receive money from their local authority which allows them to choose and arrange their own support instead of being dependent on services provided by their local authority. A Citizen Directed Co-operative is an alternative way for citizens to manage their direct payments. When an individual chooses to join […]

Citizen Directed Co-operative Blog

Disability Wales are often asked why are we establishing a Citizen Directed Co-operative and what this really means for people. This blog will explore the rationale behind setting up a Citizen Directed Co-operative and also provide an introduction to what we mean by direct payment and a Citizen Directed Co-operative. Direct payment is money from social […]

Project Update

Just in case you have been wondering why Disability Wales’ Citizen Directed Cooperatives Cymru project has seemed a little quiet lately, have no fear as the project has been busy ticking away nicely in the background. Please read on to find out what has been happening with the project so far. Rebecca Newsome has left […]

Want to be part of a new idea for using direct payments?

The ‘Citizen Directed Co-operative’ project is looking for people who are receiving direct payments to join the ‘Monmouthshire Direct Payments Co-operative’ to provide support with the planning and setting up of the co-operative. We are looking for people who live in Monmouthshire, though we will also consider people from nearby local authorities. Priority will be […]

Citizen Directed Co-operatives Cymru Project

  About Citizen Directed Co-operatives Cymru (CDCC) Project CDCC is an innovative project delivered in partnership between Disability Wales and Wales Co-operative Centre and is funded by Big Lottery Fund’s BIG Innovation fund until December 2018. The project will support greater voice, choice and control for disabled people through the development of citizen-directed co-operatives as a new […]

Enabling Wales Project Update September 2016

We are now into the third year of the Enabling Wales Project. The time has gone so fast. All the participants from the North Wales and the Gwent Valleys training programmes have successfully passed their accreditation, and we are busy arranging the Graduation Events. Be sure to keep an eye out for upcoming dates which […]

Enabling Wales Project

About the Enabling Wales Project “An enabling society in which disabled children and adults enjoy the right to independent living and social inclusion” Enabling Wales is a unique project that will provide an innovative development and training programme to disabled people, Disabled People’s Organisations and Centres for Independent Living throughout Wales. The project will develop […]


‘Shaping Our Lives & Communities, Planning Together’ is a project covering the Bridgend County Borough (BCB) area of South Wales.  The people best placed to advise on the design of inclusive services are Disabled People themselves living in the County Borough. This project aims to deliver a bespoke training package in order to give the power, […]

Wales National Advisory Group (NAG) membership

The Wales NAG is made up of the following members:    Abu Askira Business Support Officer, Care Council for Wales       Anne Collis Co-Director, Barod PhD student, Bangor University   Dr Andrew Dunning Senior Lecturer, Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences, Swansea University   Graham Findlay Co-chair of the Wales National Advisory Group and a […]

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