Co-op Start-up Courses



Here at SCS CIC, we are passionate about our environment, community and co-ops, and that's why we're excited to offer courses that tackle some of the issues facing society by adopting a co-operative approach. 


Take a look below to see what's on offer, but we are always adding new courses to the programme so don't forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date with exciting announcements and news.
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Community owned land, housing and 3rd sector workspaces
Thursday 6th February, 10am-4pm, Taunton (Venue TBC)
Community led land and housing projects offer many social and environmental benefits. Including opportunities within renewable energy, community retail, employment creation and well-being. This course looks at the practicalities of starting a new community led land or housing project and shares important  information about  the options available, from Community Land Trusts to community farms and parks.

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How to set up an urban renewable energy co-operative 
Tuesday 26th May, 10am-4pm, Taunton (Venue TBC)
This one-day course offers a practical, nuts-and-bolts guide to getting organised in your town to make a real impact on fuel poverty and carbon emissions. Learn about:

  • Legal status, business model and structure 
  • Using a series of interventions to generate interest, support and participation from your community
  • Identify your need for specialist and technical support
  • Funding strategies that will deliver the resources to launch a new co-op. 

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Local and complementary currencies as a vital tool for regeneration
Tuesday 30th May, 10am-4pm, Taunton (Venue TBC)
Local and complementary currencies have a long history and many early experiments took place here in the South West. But in 2020, can they ever be more than a niche interest? Can they survive long term without endless subsidy? Can they actually make a difference and change behaviour in the local economy? More recently, the interest in cryptocurrencies has also muddied the water with get-rich-quick schemes and tech-heavy innovations.

This course sifts the wheat from the chaff; focusing on what the benefits of local and complementary currencies to the local community actually are and what has been proven to work. Along with critically evaluating two of the different complementary currencies that have been used in Europe.

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Further Information

Fees: Standard = £99  / SCS CIC Members = £75There are also bursaries available for prospective directors of new co-ops, working with Somerset Co-operative Services CIC. Please contact us directly to discuss this option or click here to download an Bursary application form.
Venues: All Cascade Training SW courses are held in venues in Taunton, Somerset. We do our best to ensure venues located are close to public transport links and parking.
Please note that as a Community Interest Company, SCS CIC try to partner with community organisations and venues where possible. This means that venues are sometime not always your regular training space, but still offer a clean, friendly and professional space.
Venues will be confirmed seven days before the course date. A map and directions to venue will be sent to delegates, via email, approx one week before their course(s). For extra networking time, please feel free to arrive half an hour before the course start time, and leave half an hour after the course has finished.

Refreshments: Light refreshments will be available on your arrival and during scheduled breaks. A cold buffet lunch is also provided on full day courses.