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I became a Member Pioneer because I was already passionate about bringing communities together. It’s not an easy job, but if you’re passionate about your community and about bringing people together, then there’s no greater feeling.

Being a Member Pioneer is being a connector

As a member Pioneer, I wanted to get to the heart of the community to get to know the people and learn what’s important to them. That’s how I heard that Oakworth’s Village Hall is closing down. The hall is currently used for local activities and if it was to close it would be a real shame for the community, so I made it my mission to find help.

Saving Oakworth’s Village Hall

Getting to the heart of the community is also how I met Rob, a trustee at the Village Hall and found that the Hall wasn’t registered to Co-op’s Local Community Fund. I thought this was a perfect opportunity, so I helped them with their application and encouraged them to apply.

Thankfully, Oakworth’s Village Hall are now one of Co-op’s local community causes and can benefit from local Co-op Members’ 1% community reward. The Hall is raising money towards the extension it needs to become a better facility for the community, and become the heart of the community once again.

“Having Mariyam as a Member Pioneer has helped us greatly as she is someone we can go to and seek advice whenever we need it. Co-op have helped us to promote our village by contributing staff, goods and always offering help. They’ve really helped us on our journey.”
Robert, Oakwood Village Hall Trustee

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If you’ve got ideas on how Co-op could help your community, or want to know what Co-op is doing near you then contact your local Co-op Member Pioneer.

Mariyam Siddique
Member Pioneer, Bradford (Oakworth)


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