Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning (DRILL)

Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning (DRILL) is an innovative research programme which will gather evidence on the social barriers to independent living and learning faced by disabled people. Research findings will be used to develop pilot projects and inform policy development and practice to bring about real improvements to the lives of disabled […]


‘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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Roadshow Update….developing co-operative ideas!

Hi everyone, April has been a very busy month for the CDCC project. We’ve held successful roadshow events in Cardiff, Llanelli, Llandrindod Wells and Llandudno. So thank you for everyone who has come along or supported  these events. This first batch of events in April were aimed at Local authorities and Third Sector organisations. We were […]

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 […]

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 […]

It’s here…Official Launch of CDCC

Hi everyone, Apologies for the late edition of the CDCC Blog- it’s certainly been a busy few months. But the big day is finally here: we’re officially launching the CDCC project this Wednesday (25th March)!   Since my last blog entry, I’ve been travelling across Wales and I’ve had the pleasure of meeting lots of inspiring […]

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 […]

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