Co-operative ways to bring about positive community change

Co-operative ways to bring about positive community change

Did you know that each and every year The Co-operative supports thousands of initiatives both in the UK and the developing world, helping people to make the world a better place? Well they do and it’s been going on for some time. 


The Co-operative Group have launched a campaign to show the huge impact the original co-operators had on the world and urge people to jcome alomgside.

The TV commercial, which aired for the first time on Monday, tells how the Rochdale Pioneers, who established the first successful co-operative in 1844, started a revolution which is still going strong. That’s pretty impressive! The Co-op has strong ethical credentials and it’s campaign highlights the people who have been empowered by them to bring their own revolutions to life. There are some marvellous stories.

 The current Co-operative Group today has six million members and 5,000 outlets across its family of businesses including food, financial services, travel, pharmacy and funerals, a lot of people to share that heritage!

Let me tell you about a couple of campaigns inspired by the Co-operative that are just fab!


Play days

Play Montgomeryshire provides families with free or low cost activities that give children chances to learn through play. 

One of their services, the Machynlleth Toy Library was threatened with closure when fundraising was cut The group approached the Co-operative who gave them 2,000 out of their community fund The libaryr will live on for local kids! Huirray!,

The Co-operative Community Fund is funded by the money that  members agree to donate from their share of the profits. In 2010 their generosity allowed us to make 1319 awards to local community projects. 


A green school

The Co-operative’s Green Schools initiative is the most wide-ranging sustainability programme in UK schools. From helping to organise walking buses, to providing visits to green energy sites, and to farms to see how food is grown, they believe they engage pupils with a wider spectrum of projects than any other UK business. 

Sir Thomas Boughey High School in Staffordshire.  was one of the first Co-operative Business Colleges in the UK and one of 185 schools we have helped to generate their own green electricity. 

They helped the kids to get involved by becoming young co-operators, and funded a roof-mounted solar panel system. An investment in our children public services and land. Cool


My thoughts

Where I live is a park that gets regularly littered and where teenagers just hang around looking bored. How wonderful if a community project putting greenhouses, wood carving, scarecrow making, planting, willow weaving projects on could operate from a corner of the park for an hour or so a few times a weke. It could engage the young people and teach a love and respect for nature. I am sure the litter would be gone in no time. In fact it could be an activity. It could launch in the summer months with just money for materials and a perhaps 2 paid workers. Wouldn’t it be fab! ,

 You can find out loads more info by visiting Co-op’s Facebook page and you can also get involved and start your own venture by going to Co-op’s Join The Revolution page:

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