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December 2021 Members' Update


Dear Member

Welcome to the December edition of Update

This month we share the findings of two of our Policy Prototype projects.  These have been led by Torbay and Preston councils and we are delighted to share the learning from them.  These, along with our other funded health and social care projects, will feed into our 'Co-operative Difference in Care' report, which we plan to launch at our Annual Conference.  The conference will be held over two half-days on Tuesday, 15th and Wednesday 16th February.  To ensure everyone's safety we’ll be meeting online again this year.

Cllr Sharon Taylor
Councillor Sharon Taylor OBE
Chair of the CCIN & Leader of Stevenage Borough Council

In this edition we update members on the progress we have made to develop a certified training programme for all Members, this work is being led by the Co-operative College, and there is a reminder on how to access our existing training.  We also invite Full and Affiliate member representatives to self-nominate to join our Values and Principles Board.
Congratulations to CCIN Council winners at this years LGIU/CCLA Awards. Cllr Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Cllr Jacqueline McLaren, also Glasgow City Council won Awards at the LGIU Scotland/ CCLA Awards last month.  And Cllr Paulette Hamilton, Birmingham City Council and Cllr Paul Bell, Lewisham Council won Awards last night.
Finally, we’d like to welcome Cllr Doina Cornell, Leader of Stroud District Council.  The council is ruled by an Alliance of Labour, Green and Liberal Democrat councillors who run their council co-operatively.  We also welcome Great Dawley Town Council this month who join as Associate Members. 
I hope that you enjoy this Member Update.
Best wishes for a restful Christmas and a peaceful 2022. 
Stay safe.


A new model of Early Years Help

One of our Policy Prototypes this year used the £1500 funding to pilot creative ways of bringing together community groups in a digital and virtual way in the development and roll-out of a new model for Early Help in Torbay.  The Council worked with Peopletoo, one of our Affiliate Members on this project.
The involvement of community groups is critical to the success of the new partnership Early Help model, but the council recognised that many people have little capacity to be attending meetings and that this can compromise opportunities to engage them.  The project set about removing these barriers to engagement and embracing the new digital ways of working that have been so successful during COVID 19.  Torbay Council is now working to bring partners together into a Quality Assurance Framework which ensures that some key elements are covered, such as Child Protection Policies and the team is trained in safeguarding.  CCIN funding was used to support digital engagement offering “added value”. Ultimately, this work is promoting early help and prevention at a very local community level, reducing the escalation of problems that can lead to family breakdown and children and young people being taken into care.
Read their report.
Co-op Responses to pandemic recovery - CCIN Annual Conference advert

Annual Conference - save the date
15 & 16 February 2022

The delayed 2021 Annual Conference will now take place on Tuesday, 15 and Wednesday 16 February from 1000 – 1500 hours.  

The theme will be 'Co-operative Approaches to Pandemic Recovery' and we will share with you the findings of the 'Co-operative Difference in Care' report and launch two of our Policy Lab reports on Co-operative approaches to reaching net-zero led by Kirklees Council, and Understanding the Digital Divide led by Cheshire West and Chester Council.  There will be an opportunity to join workshops to explore these important areas of policy in further detail. 

Our AGM will take place at 1400 hours on 16 February where we will also launch our revised Constitution. 

Bookings will open soon, do look out for more information.
Cllr Susan Aitken and Cllr Jacqueline McLaren - winner at LGIU/CCLA Scotland Awards
Cllrs Paulette Hamilton and Paul Bell - winners at the LGIU/CCLA awards

LGIU & CCLA Cllr Awards 

Congratulations to Cllr Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, who won the Leader of the Year 2021 Award and to Cllr Jacqueline McLaren, also Glasgow City Council who scooped the 'Community Champion Award' in the Scottish ceremony last month.

Congratulations also to Cllr Paulette Hamilton, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care at Birmingham City Council who won the 'Resilience and Recovery Award', and to Cllr Paul Bell, Cabinet Member for Housing & Planning at Lewisham Council who won the 'Innovation and Service Transformation Award' last night. 

These are the only awards showcasing the important work of councillors across England, Scotland and Wales, celebrating, and honouring the vital contributions they make throughout our communities. So often, their work goes unrecognised. Now, more than ever, we need to honour these unsung heroes of local government who are working tirelessly to keep the country afloat during the pandemic.

Watch the Scottish event here.
Watch the English and Welsh event here.
Youth Devt project with hard to reach groups - Preston

Youth Development Project with hard-to-reach groups

Another of our Policy Prototypes this year was led by Preston City Council who worked with partners Fishwick Rangers Youth and Development Scheme (FRYDS) and Preston United Youth Development Programme (PUYDP).  The aim of the project was to reach out to some of Preston’s most vulnerable young people by working with local youth centres, clubs, and secondary schools, as well as the police and community action groups in the most deprived areas of Preston.
They used the £1500 funding to target young people most adversely affected by the Covid crisis, offering structured football, dodgeball and gym sessions on Friday and Saturday nights.  The organisations emphasised that while the main focus of the sessions would be on physical fitness, they knew from their experience, that the benefits would be more holistic as physical fitness opens up new opportunities and helps young people make more positive contributions in education, work and socially.

Read their report.
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Self-nominations sought for our V&P Board

Self-nominations for candidacy are open to representatives of organisations not already represented on either our Executive Oversight Committee or the Values and Principles Board.
  • 1 Full Member Vacancy - if we only receive one nomination then that individual will automatically be appointed to the V&P Board
  • 1 Affiliate Member Vacancy - nominees may be asked to submit a Statement to the V&P Board explaining why they wish to join the V & P Board which could include: how they will personally promote the Values & Principles Board’s Terms of Reference and how their organisation supports the ICA Statement of Values & Principles 
If more than the requisite number of nominations are received in any category, then ballot papers will be sent out to Network Members in that category to vote on.  DEADLINE: 12 noon - 8 December 2021
Download the nomination form.
CCIN Statement of Values and Principles icon

Our Statement of Values and Principles

Our Members are committed to reforming the way they work by building an equal partnership with local people, based on the values and principles of the International Co-operative Alliance.  As a Network, we strive to ensure that our member councils uphold and strengthen Co-operative Values and Principles. 

In acknowledging that Councils are not in themselves registered co-operatives, we and our members have developed principles that have grown from those of the International Co-operative Alliance and are relevant within the context of local government.

Councils and organisations who receive CCIN funding to undertake Policy Labs and Policy Prototypes are asked to adopt these icons to show the ‘co-operative difference’ from this project work. 
Find out more
CCIN Training Programmes - text

Our web-based training – CCIN working with Co-operative College

Working with the Co-operative College, we have developed two certified training programmes – an Induction Programme and Key Themes for Co-operative Councils. We recommend that you undertake both programmes to get the most out of your membership.  Once you have completed each course you can download your ‘Certificate of Completion'.

Start your learning journey.

Membership Fees

Membership fees

Thank you to everyone that has paid their CCIN Membership fees for 2021/2.  Paying promptly helps us enormously. 
If you have any questions about the invoicing process, please contact
Value Match training

Free CPD Accredited Course - Effectively Specifying for Remanufacturing

Following the success of 'Benefits of Remanufacturing', Value Match and Circular ComputingTM have introduced 'Effectively Specifying for Remanufacturing' so that you can procure remanufactured products and deliver on near term targets as part of a broader net-zero procurement and resource preservation strategy.  The course is free for all learners to access the CPD accredited course.
This module is ideal for all stakeholders in IT, procurement and social value professionals, and those wanting to further their understanding of remanufacturing and the circular economy. 
For each course completed, Circular ComputingTM will plant one tree through their decarbonisation partners, to support the UK journey to achieve Net Zero Carbon by 2050.

Register for the course, for free here.

Value Match is an Affiliate Member of the CCIN.
CCIN Certified training programmes - Coop College logo

New Certified Training programmes with the Co-operative College

One of our Policy Labs projects this year is to develop a range of funded training programmes with modules that will meet the training and development needs of all members.  Working with the Co-operative College we have consulted stakeholders and identified three course programmes:

  • Bringing co-operation to life in Co-operative Councils
  • Co-operative engagement
  • Walking the co-operative talk – a toolkit for Co-operative Councils

These courses will all be accessible to smaller councils/opposition groups as well as larger councils.

Recognising the time constraints and busy workloads of both Officers and Councillors, the College recommended that OCN (Open College Network) endorsement was the best route to follow for recognising achievements on completion of the CCIN courses. The OCN Endorsed Training Scheme provides a quality badge for the training but does not involve the assessment of learners or the requirement to provide evidence of achievement, which can be both costly and time-consuming. Therefore, CCIN learners can be assured of the quality of the training and can be sure that it has been endorsed by a recognised awarding body as having a clear purpose, structure and content that is relevant to the purpose and the intended audience.

We’re looking forward to launching these courses in the Spring.
The Co-operative College is an Affiliate Member of the CCIN.

Work Play Learn Stay - Selgars Mill

Workaways at the New Economy Centre, Selgars Mill in North Devon

From £50 per night, you can come and work away from it all. 

Stir to Action invites you to book into one of their beautiful rooms and use their co-working spaces and grounds. They've created the perfect campus for movement builders, activists, and those collectively working towards economic democracy in the UK and beyond, to come and study, work and play. Bring a guest and save even more!
Workaways are run once per month:
  • 13-17 December 2021
  • 10 - 14 January 2022
  • 14 - 18 February 2022
  • 14 - 18 March 2022
  • 4 - 8 April 2022
  • 18 - 22 April 2022 - Family-friendly
If these dates don't work for you, but you and at least six others would like to book one, do get in touch!
Find out more and book your workaway at Selgars Mill.
Stir to Action is an Affiliate Member of the CCIN.
photo of Mondragon team at UCLan

Preston meets Mondragon 2  

The University of Central Lancashire has been supporting and researching the Preston Model since 2012.  In 2018, UCLan hosted a symposium with experts from Mondragon, Spain and the United States, feeding knowledge and experience into the development of the Preston Model.  Since then, much has happened.  A delegation from Mondragon, was invited by the UCLan to visit the campus and the city of Preston for four days in early November 2021.  The live event bought together experts from Mondragon in co-operative consultancy, management, social innovation, education, and banking in synergy with the growing co-operative ecosystem design for Preston.

If you missed the session on the 3rd November read their Blog.
You can watch the whole session here.
Send your news for the next edition by 24 January 2022
DPS free benefit to Member Councils

Our DPS saves Member’s time and money

One of the benefits of CCIN membership for Full and Associate Members is access to our multi-supplier Dynamic Purchasing System of specialist organisations to help you develop policy, implement prototypes and build capacity when you need to move quickly and flexibly.

Read the User Guide and download the SlideDeck HERE 

Co-operative Case Studies pack 2021

2021 Case Studies pack – download here

Since 2017 we’ve published a selection of Case Studies to promote the work of our Members, and the CCIN itself.  In that time Membership has grown from 19 councils to 108 councils, groups, organisations, and supporters, and we are now the fastest growing Network in Local Government.
The 2021 edition of our Case Studies pack contains 73 Case Studies demonstrating some of the many ways that Co-operative Councils are working with local people to build strong and resilient neighbourhoods. 
Member contact lists and member benefits

Making the most of your Membership

One of the benefits of CCIN Membership for councils is access to contacts from across the Network.  Last month we sent out updated contact details for all Members of the Network to Full Council Members and Associate Members (Town, Parish and Community Councils and Opposition Political Groups). 

If you didn’t receive your copy please let us know:

View the full list of Member Benefits here.
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Send your news for the next edition by 24 January 2022

Future events can be found on our website including:

7 December - Officer Network call
4 January - Officer Network call
10 January - Executive Oversight Committee
4 - 5 February - Labour Local Government Conference
15 - 16 February - CCIN Annual eConference
28 - 30 June - Local Government Association Conference & Exhibition
24 - 29 September - Labour Party Conference 
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