Wales Co-operative Centre

Member since: 
May 2019

The Wales Co-operative Centre (WCC) is a not-for-profit co-operative organisation that supports people in Wales to improve their lives and livelihoods. Since its foundation in 1982, the Wales Co-operative Centre has been right at the heart of Wales’s vibrant social economy, bringing funders and partners together to make our communities more confident, more co-operative, more capable and more ambitious. 

WCC's work is more important now than ever, as the people, communities and businesses of Wales face increasing social and economic pressures. WCC is working for a fairer economy and helps to create and retain wealth within communities in Wales through the growth of co-operatives and social businesses and by providing people with the skills to take more control of their own lives and strengthen their communities. All of WCC's activities are shaped by its own commitment to co-operative values and its close collaboration with funders and delivery partners to achieve both social and economic goals. WCC is helping build a better future for everyone in Wales.

Mission and goals

The Wales Co-operative Centre's mission is to develop sustainable businesses and strong inclusive communities by working co-operatively. Between 2017 and 2022 WCC has set the following five goals.

WCC commits to:

  • Be champions for an inclusive economy and co-operative working – leading the public debate, shaping policy-making, piloting innovative new projects and sharing successful ways of working;
  • Lead the growth of co-operatives, mutuals, social enterprises and employee-owned businesses in Wales – working across all sectors, from small local shops to large manufacturing businesses, doing what it takes to help the social business sector to thrive;
  • Enable people and communities to improve their lives and livelihoods, tackle poverty and help build an inclusive society;
  • Harness the power and potential of digital technology to achieve a social purpose and deliver social good;
  • Be a strong, independent co-operative organisation, ensuring our values underpin all its actions.