There will be three free, 2 hour workshops – 9.00 – 11.30, June 11, 12, 13 – in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide – with a visiting UK expert in employee-owned social care, Dr Guy Turnbull. Guy has been involved in co-operatives and social enterprise for over 20 years and is Managing Director and co-founder of Care & Share Associates (CASA), the UK’s leading social enterprise in the social care sector.
Care and Share Associates (CASA) is the UK’s leading social enterprise in the social care sector. It operates employee-owned services across five locations and delivers over 13,500 hours of personal support per week, principally commissioned by the public sector.
CASA was established in 2004 to provide essential support services to older and disabled people, through a franchise network of majority employee-owned social care providers. It is based on the award winning Sunderland Home Care Associates model, which has been delivering quality domiciliary support since 1994.
“By creating an organisation owned by its staff, Sunderland Home Care employees at all levels have been empowered to influence decisions including budgets, pay and conditions of employment. Risky, some may think. But in this case it has had a remarkably positive effect on everyone involved in the enterprise.
Employees have had their aspirations raised – working together as a team they directly benefit from greater corporate achievement. Pressure to excel not only comes from above, but from every level of the organisation including from peers. One lesson that comes from the Sunderland Home Care experience is that participation changes people’s lives.”
You will learn about employee ownership as a model of social enterprise as well as discovering why social care, especially domiciliary care for elderly and disabled citizens is particularly well suited to employee-owned business structures.
You will also hear about the organisations in Australia that are promoting better awareness of co-operative and mutual models of social care delivery including employee-owned options, as well as local Australian case studies.
These seminars are FREE but numbers are strictly limited.
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