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  • Writer's pictureAndrew Laird

Catch up on our webinar: Co-operative Approaches to COVID-19 Recovery

Updated: Mar 17, 2021

Catch up on our recent webinar on how local government can adopt a co-operative approach to recovery from COVID-19. Hear from our expert panel on how local authorities can learn the lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic and develop a plan that embeds communities at every level using our co-operative framework for recovery.

The webinar was co-hosted by Mutual Ventures and Bates Wells LLP and is designed for local authority leaders including Chief Executives, Directors, Heads of Services and Elected Members.

Watch a recording of our webinar! (58mins)

To speak to us about how we can help you with your recovery strategy email

About the webinar

The response to the COVID-19 pandemic has shown how much public services, businesses and local people can achieve together, especially when those public services and businesses are engrained in their local communities. As local authorities develop a recovery strategy that aims not to simply return to business as usual, we argue that they should adopt our co-operative framework for recovery.

The webinar considered:

  1. The five levels of a co-operative approach to recovery and why local authorities need a clear roadmap to emerge from this crisis successfully – from strategic co-operation between local partners to communities delivering public services

  2. How community-based organisations have been able to respond to the crisis and why they’re well placed to help build stronger communities as we recover

  3. The lessons learned from various local authorities to help you avoid the potential pitfalls and build a co-operative strategy for a post COVID-19 world.

Our speakers were: Abbie Rumbold, Partner at Bates Wells, Scott Darraugh, Chief Executive of Social adVentures and Andrew Laird, Managing Director of Mutual Ventures. The discussion was chaired by Jamie McMahon from Mutual Ventures.

Our co-operative framework

The webinar’s discussion is underpinned by Mutual Ventures’ co-operative framework. Our framework outlines an approach to recovery from local authorities that empowers and strengthens communities, building on the lessons from the crisis to harness collective action between local people, businesses and public services in a new way.

Recovery is not about returning to ‘business as usual’. Local authorities need to think through how they can navigate the uncertainties, sustain those positive changes and work alongside their partners and communities to tackle the challenges laid bare by COVID-19.

To successfully lead communities a coherent strategy is needed that looks across the whole system, based on genuine collaboration with communities.

Find out more about our approach here.


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