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Over the last few months, we’ve been travelling across the UK asking people to come along and talk about our Co-op and all the great stuff that is happening locally. We also discussed how we’re performing as a business. We’ve called this ‘Join In Live’
What happened at the events?
Before the events, we talked to Members through a Join In opportunity to find out more about what they’d like to get out of the event. Members told us that they wanted the events to be interactive and informal, with opportunities to find out more about how Co-op is working in local communities.
Whilst each event was unique, at every event we discussed some key topics including; plastics, communities and local causes.
Plastic packaging was a big talking point last year, so this year, we ran a workshop to tell members about our Future of Food plan and provided them with hints and tips on how to recycle plastic and become greener.
Amongst those attending, there were people from the local causes, who have just received a share of the £19m that our members have helped raise by buying selected Co-op branded products and services. It was a chance for them to talk about what they are doing in the local community and how the money will be spent.
Understanding what co-operation means to Members
One of my highlights from this set of events was the feedback we gained from members during our community and co-operation workshop. We learned what co-operation means to people and what barriers could be stopping people from co-operating together. The feedback we’ve received from the sessions will help shape our vision on how we build stronger communities across the country.
Building new networks
The Join In Live events are a brilliant way to network and build new relationships in your community, but if you didn’t manage to attend there are still plenty of ways you can get involved.
If you’d like to get involved and help shape our Co-op, log in to your online Membership account to see our current Join in opportunities.
Don’t just take my word for it:
“I was able to meet a mixture of new people who can help St Rocco’s and also found that the Co-op doesn’t just give funds to causes but also has a lot more to offer across its Food and Funeralcare businesses. I also learned about Co-op’s Food Waste scheme, Food Share. This really surprised me as I know the Co-op helps fund projects but it’s great to hear that they do so much more to help people who need it.”
Katie from local cause, St Rocco’s Hospice in Warrington
“I really enjoyed the event, it was great to meet and talk with other members and Co-op colleagues and representatives and to hear about all the latest developments. It was a fantastic opportunity to feedback our views on what the Co-op is doing and I hope they consider running a similar event in our area in future.”
Co-op Member Alex from Leigh on Sea
Co-op Engagement Advisor