Wales Co-operative Centre

Canolfan Cydweithredol Cymru

Our co-operatives part 1

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The Wales Co-operative Centre has been giving a guiding hand to emerging and established organisations in Wales by providing relevant support for over 25 years.

During this time we’ve helped a large number of co-operatives and social enterprises on many different levels.

“I don’t know what I would have done without the help we had from the Wales Co-operative Centre” says Lis McLean from Canolfan Menter Gymraeg Merthyr Tudful. “Thanks for your support!”

These are some of the co-operatives we’ve supported recently:

Dylan’s Den

When a group of mothers at Treorchy Primary School found out that the after-school club was closing down, they decided to solve the problem by setting up their own co-operative social enterprise, Dylan’s Den.

Now the business provides an essential service for parents at the school, whether in work, training or just in need of a break. What’s more, the children love it!


Lack of affordable premises and isolation from the wider community is an issue for many small businesses in rural Gwynedd.

Caban Cyf is a community co-operative which addresses these needs by providing affordable business units within a dynamic and supportive environment. This enables a diverse range of enterprises, including web designers, publishers and outdoor pursuits companies, to concentrate on developing their businesses.


When the owners of DLT Training Ltd decided to retire, eleven members of staff pooled their savings and became the new directors in an Employee Buy-Out.

The company has been providing training for the manufacturing, construction and logistics industry for over thirty years. By becoming a worker co-operative, the new directors could carry on this legacy and face the challenges of the future with confidence.

During Co-operatives Fortnight 19 June – 3 July we’ll showcase in greater depth some of the successful organisations we’ve had the honour to work with recently.

For more information about co-operatives in Wales, see the Wales Co-operative Centre’s website.

Find out about becoming more co-operative during Co-operatives Fortnight.


Written by C Kenzie

June 17, 2010 at 9:32 am

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