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Examples of Co-Operative Working


Grafton Centre

The Grafton Centre is a Health and Wellbeing Community Centre in Hyde. It is a development trust, meaning the centre is run by the community itself. The centre now has a membership of 480 people and offers a wide range of activities.

Together Centre

The Together Centre is a charity that aims to develop a volunteer led, thriving and fully inclusive centre for all members of the community. They are based in Dukinfield and offer a range of activities and services. The Together Centre works closely with other organisations such as The Stroke Association, Active Tameside, Noah’s A.R.T. and The Shed.

Tameside PACT

PACT is an agreement between Tameside’s voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sector (VCFSE) and public-sector agencies. PACT features three main principles:
  • Involving community groups and charities in advising and delivering services
  • Better communication to build partnership working
  • Working together to secure investment

PACT was signed by the leaders of NHS Tameside and Glossop CCG, Tameside Council, Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust, Action Together, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, Greater Manchester Police, Active Tameside, Jigsaw Homes and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.

Tameside Digital Infrastructure Cooperatives

The Tameside Digital Infrastructure Cooperative brings together public and private sector organisations to create and share new digital infrastructure in and around Tameside. The cooperative offers members wholesale access to fibre and exchange point facilities allowing them to build and operate advanced digital connectivity services.

Home Start (HOST – Homestart Oldham, Stockport and Tameside)

Home-Start is a network of family support charities that work with families who are suffering from stress or difficulty and who have at least one child under the age of five. Home-Start staff oversee this process by providing regular support and supervision to each volunteer and by regularly reviewing support with each family to ensure progress is being made.

Cash Box

Cash Box Credit Union is a community savings and loan cooperative, where members pool their savings to lend to one another and help run the credit union. Cashbox was formed in 2005 by the merger of several smaller local credit unions. People who live or work in Tameside and Glossop are able to join Cash Box.

Tameside Armed Services Community

TASC is a group formed from the armed forces community with direct links to military charities and wider partner organisations. It is a not for profit group with a focus on the delivery of the Armed Forces Covenant through a wide range of community engagement.  TASC is the partner to Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council in delivering the Armed Forces Covenant.

Partnership Engagement Network

The Partnership Engagement Network (PEN) was established jointly by Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council (TMBC), NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group (T&GCCG) and Tameside & Glossop Integrated NHS Foundation Trust (ICFT).
 Set up in the autumn of 2017 the Partnership Engagement Network (PEN) is part of a multi-agency approach to provide the public and our partners with an identified and structured method to influence the work of public services and to proactively feed in issues and ideas. 
The key principles of the Partnership Engagement Network (PEN) are to:
  • Engage in an ongoing conversation with the public, patients and other stakeholders
  • Reach across the whole of the public and community sectors so that engagement doesn’t happen in organisational silos
  • Begin discussions early, enabling the public, patients and other stakeholders to be part of designing solutions.

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