Podcast Launched to Highlight Alternative Approaches to Social Care Delivery


The Wales Co-operative Centre has launched a new podcast series which will encourage care commissioners to think about how they can deliver care services which promote well-being for citizens and communities.

The Care to Co-operate podcast will document work being undertaken by the Wales Co-operative Centre and Cartrefi Cymru Co-operative over the next few months to explore good things that are already happening in the care sector and examine ways to increase the impact of citizen-led care services, in the context of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014.

The work will have two elements. In Flintshire and Pembrokeshire, pilot schemes have been set up to develop care services which have a co-operative ethos and are led by the local community. Meanwhile, conversations will be taking place with care commissioners to explore whether current approaches to procurement could be changed to enable more values-based organisations to deliver care.

Donna Coyle, Manager of the Care to Co-operate project at the Wales Co-operative Centre, and one of the contributors to the podcast, said:

“Often with this kind of work, a lot of activity takes place which no one hears about until it’s finished and a final report is produced. We decided to produce the podcast so that people could follow our progress as we learn things from the pilots, overcome challenges, discover unexpected benefits and unearth new opportunities.”

Adrian Roper, CEO of Cartrefi Cymru Co-operative and another podcast contributor, said:

“The podcast is an opportunity to explore how we can do things differently in the care system here in Wales. There is a lot of good stuff going on, but it’s often invisible. We’re going to be having lots of conversations in the next few months which will uncover this good work. Through the podcast we want highlight and discuss what’s working, so that long term sustainability for care and well-being services is improved.”

The podcast is funded by Welsh Government and has been produced with support from Business News Wales.

Episode 1 is now available here and on iTunes.