Talking about illness, death or financial problems is never easy. In fact these three things are what the nation as a whole avoid talking about the most according to research from Co-op Funeralcare. However difficult these conversations are, they are some of the most valuable ones to have. At times the cost of not talking […]

MaD Theatre Company was one of the many causes to receive a share. Rob shares his experience of being part of our fund. As a small charity we’re always on the lookout for funding opportunities to help with the work we do with the North Manchester community. I discovered the Local Community Fund last year […]

I want to give you an update on our approach to advertising. In particular how we’re addressing the concerns some of our members have raised with us about the Daily Mail, the Daily Express and the Sun. At our AGM in May we held a fringe event to debate the issue with members. Taking part were our […]

I spent last night sharing a stage in Hamburg with Coldplay, Shakira, Pharrell Williams and Ellie Goulding. Thankfully for the 9,000 young social campaigners at the Global Citizen music festival, I wasn’t doing any singing. My role was to represent the Co-op and to call on our fellow retailers and bottled water producers to join […]

From play parks to wild woods and majestic moors, members have been telling us all about the open spaces they love in their community, to help us with some of our thinking around the Co-op Foundation’s Environment Fund. The Fund was set up by the old United Co-op to support environmental projects in the places […]

Young drivers get a raw deal. Expensive insurance, pricey cars and a scary driving test that doesn’t include driving on motorways, country roads or in bad weather. No wonder hundreds of thousands aren’t learning to drive at all. But the new Z generation needs personal mobility more than ever.  Jobs, university, interviews and a social […]

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 […]