June 23, 2017

A day of co-operation

This Co-operatives Fortnight we’re celebrating stories of co-operation from across the UK. From helping out neighbours or volunteering at local clubs to tackling major problems like climate change, co-operation is vital as we achieve much more when we work together.

Today marks day seven of Co-operatives Fortnight which provides an opportunity to look at how our Co-op works with other co-op initiatives both at home and overseas.

Our recent AGM brought together members from across the country to not only hear about our progress and our vision for the coming year, but to do what we do best… co-operate.

Co-op Academy Trust

It was fantastic to see teachers and students from four of our eight Co-op sponsored schools which forms the Co-op Academy Trust, join us at our AGM.

The Co-op Academy of Leeds students spoke proudly of their Stephen Lawrence committee that looks at issues of tolerance and acceptance.  Their ‘Nice to Be Nice’ Campaign exudes co-operation by simply encouraging other to show kindness to one another.

Year 7 and 10 pupils from Manchester Creative and Media Academy presented to Mike Gidney, CEO of the Fairtrade Foundation, showing how they had become one of the first schools to become a Fairtrade school, obtaining the Fair Achiever Award.

Co-op Foundation

The Co-op Foundation were also present, launching their new £2million #iwill fund.  This is part of the UK-wide #iwill campaign to promote youth social action – activities which develop young people’s skills while helping their communities. The Foundation will use the funds to support projects that inspire young people to work co-operatively to tackle loneliness.

Member Pioneers

Lemn Sissay, our Member Pioneer Ambassador, gave an impassioned speech to launch the Member Pioneer project.  Wave 1 of recruitment has seen over 60 Member Pioneers join us to act as link between our businesses and the local communities in which they serve.

It really was inspiring to see how our members co-operate with other co-ops across the UK.

We’d love to hear about your stories of how working together has made a difference. Share your story with us on social media using #CoopStories from 17 June – 1 July and you could win £50 Co-op Food vouchers, full terms and conditions apply.

Nicola Wylde
Co-operative Engagement Advisor

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