Seminar will look at new social care cooperative models

A seminar on new models for social care organised by the WeCreate space at Cloughjordan ecovillage will be held in the village on Saturday, September 13.

With the withdrawal of Government from the funding of social services, and the rise of austerity policies that have attended the current economic crisis, there is an urgent need for new forms of social care, say the organisers.

They point out that over the last 20 years, social and solidarity co-ops have emerged as a new form of care that not only provides care to citizens but also reforms the purpose and direction of social care itself.

Pioneered in Italy, social co-ops are a new form of open co-operativism in which multiple stakeholders work together to provide a wide range of social services not only to co-op members but to the community as a whole.

Speakers include Peter Couchman, chief executive of the Plunkett Foundation; John Restakis, former executive director of the BC Co-operative Association in Vancouver; Angela Espinosa a Colombian academic; Michel Bauwens a Belgian Peer-to-Peer theorist; Jon Walker a UK-based proponent of the Viable Systems Model, and Mary Fogarty and Maeve O’Hair the women who set up Loughmore Co-operative Shop and Tearooms.

This seminar is part of a programme of events that will explore and further a common approach to building and stewarding shared resources, building community resilience and creating meaningful livelihoods.

The seminar, The Cooperative Model Revisited, runs at WeCreate, Cloughjordan, on Saturday, September 13, from 09.30am to 5pm and costs €30 + €8 lunch option. It is being supported by Local Enterprise Office Tipperary, Tipperary County Council, NTLP and the Plunkett Foundation UK. For further details, log on to


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