I have been a volunteer for the British Red Cross since I was 16. I’ve covered areas such as first aid, emergency response, and crisis education and now I’ve taken on a new role as a Community Connector. In January 2016 I was a passenger in a friend’s car when we were hit by a […]

On Thursday, I travelled to the magnificent Senedd in sunny Cardiff, the National Assembly of Wales. The Co-op was invited, alongside the British Red Cross in Wales, to give evidence to the Assembly’s Committee on Health, Social Care and Sport. The Committee, made up of elected Assembly Members, are holding an inquiry into how Wales […]

As the sun comes out, the trainers go on for many of us as we lose the excuse of limited daylight hours to stop us heading out for that dreaded jog. But there are 9 Co-op Colleagues who have already been hitting the tarmac for months come rain or shine, to train for 2017’s Virgin […]

Our research shows loneliness costs UK employers £2.5 billion a year – the first time a figure has been placed on the economic cost of loneliness to employers.

It all started with a phone call. At the beginning of 2016 we were contacted by the late Jo Cox MP who wanted to reach out to us about loneliness and the work that she was planning. Jo had heard about our campaign with the British Red Cross to tackle loneliness. She explained with her […]

Today we launch our joint report with British Red Cross, into tackling loneliness and social isolation across the UK. British Red Cross are our Charity Partner and throughout 2015 and 2016 we’ve been fundraising to support the partnership. But today, we turn our attention to how we can work together to tackle loneliness. What do […]

From community coffee mornings and table top sales to the more energetic abseiling and running marathons; colleagues across the Co-op have been challenging themselves over the past year to raise money as part of our Charity Partnership with the British Red Cross. I recently met one of our Food colleagues who has set themselves a mountainous challenge. […]