CDA supports new and existing co-operatives and community benefit societies to start, to grow and to thrive in the local economy
"I see co-operatives as an essential innovation on the way to a good society"
CDA advice and training
A co-operative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically controlled enterprise.
Co-operatives are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. Co-operative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility, and caring for others.
Specialist Support on co-operative and community benefit society models is available at an hourly or daily rate for:
Pre-feasibility and start up stage
Conversion of an existing business (or service) to a co-operative or community benefit model
Established co-operatives and community benefit societies
Groups exploring using Community Shares
Assessment against the new Community Shares Compliance Mark
Co-op governance training days for members and directors (new and old) is available at £600 per day for up to 12 participants
Induction for new members
Co-operation, democracy and meeting skills
Finance and financial management
Keeping it legal (roles of regulators, Company/Society Secretary role)