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10,000 members have played a part in co-creating our new Community Plan, guiding how together we support our local communities.
Thank you to Co-op Members who helped shape this vital work by attending one of our 24 Join In Live events, testing our Community Wellbeing Index or joining in online conversations. With members’ help we now have clear priorities:
- community spaces
- education and skills
- mental and physical wellbeing
Members said that community spaces should be our priority, so that’s where we’re starting.
Saving 2,000 community spaces by 2022
We’ve heard from many members about how community spaces are important to them, their families and their local communities. Sadly, we also heard how strapped local authorities are struggling to maintain these spaces, with knock-on consequences for community cohesion, isolation and crime.
That’s why we’re pledging to save, protect or support 2,000 community spaces by 2022. These might be indoor spaces, like community centres, or outdoor spaces like parks. They’ll be spaces that members identify as being vital to the wellbeing of their local communities. We’ll share more on this soon.
Another way we’re supporting local community spaces is by partnering Steel Warriors to create free outdoor community gyms in areas impacted by knife crime. The gym equipment is made using steel from knives that have been taken off the street, melted down and recycled. Together with Steel Warriors, we’ll build 20 new open air free-to-use gyms, complete with gym instructors hosting free fitness classes for all to participate in.
I’m genuinely excited by the plans for the next three years that we have co-created with members and I very much look forward to working with you and our growing community of Member Pioneers to make a real difference to UK communities.
Director of Community Engagement and Shared Value