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Wales Co-operative Party Conference 2022

In 2022, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the Co-operative Party is once again holding a series of virtual Conferences across all regions and nations of the UK.  Members and supporters from across Wales are invited to take part in this online Zoom event on Saturday 29 January from 2pm to 5pm.

The pandemic has shown that we respond to crisis with kindness – shown in the hundreds of mutual aid groups that have established, in the way that community and co-operative businesses have stepped up to support those in need, and in the way that people made huge sacrifices to limit the spread of the virus. As we rebuild from Covid-19, we want to look at how we ensure this co-operation can live on.

The theme for this Conference is Building Community Power – how we can strengthen community wellbeing and resilience by examining how communities themselves can make a difference.  By empowering our communities we can actively involve them in the decisions that affect their lives. We will examine how we can widen ownership in our economy and give people the tools and support to tackle the big issues from inequality and hunger to green jobs and high street regeneration.

The programme is currently being put together and will include a series of participatory online sessions including:

  • Keynote addresses from Labour & Co-operative politicians on their ongoing work and their influence in Cardiff Bay and Westminster:
    • First Minister for Wales, the Rt. Hon. Mark Drakeford MS
    • Christina Rees MP
    • Huw Irranca-Davies MS
  • Building Community Power – hear from a series of speakers representing the breadth and diversity of community projects across our nation as they share their learning and identify common principles that can be implemented on a wider basis, speakers include:
    • Derek Walker, Chief Executive of the Wales Co-op Centre and Board member Banc Cambria
    • Cllr Joanne Gauden, Executive Member for Economy, Skills & Regeneration, Torfaen Council
    • Heather Powell, Wrexham Music Co-operative
  • Campaigning with the Co-operative Party –  hear more about you can bring your community together to make change happen, with ideas and examples of how they can work for you and your local area, speakers include:
    • Baroness Wilcox of Newport, co-chair of the Co-op Party’s Diverse Councils project
    • Sarah Murphy MS, member of the Senedd’s Economy, Trade, and Rural Affairs Committee
    • Dan McCallum – director of Awel Aman Tawe community energy charity and Egni Co-op, Swansea
  • 2 discussions on our policy consultations for 2022. Led by Anna Birley, Co-op Party Policy Officer, members are invited to join these participatory workshops as we explore in detail these important areas of policy that Co-op Party members are to consult on this year:
    • Health in Waleswith Mike Hedges MS, Member of the Senedd’s Health and Social Care Committee
    • International development – with Labour Campaign for International Development (LCID) and Mary Wimbury, Co-op Party NEC representative for Wales.

    Members are invited to join these workshops as we explore these important areas of policy in further detail.

Register your interest in attending here:

This Conference will be held on Zoom.  Please register using the form below.  Do check your in-box for a confirmation email which will contain the Zoom joining link.


29th Jan
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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