Working together to make a difference is key theme of Co-operatives Fortnight

Posted by Rob Smyth | 17/06/2017 | Category: Corporate

We are supporting Co-operatives Fortnight by sharing stories of working together and volunteering in the community.

The Society is backing the two-week annual event, which runs from 17 June to 1 July, which will see co-operatives across the globe join forces to celebrate incredible co-operation and share stories of how working together makes a difference.

Staff from Central England Co-operative will also be physically getting involved by taking part in a wide range of volunteering events across the country.

Co-operatives Fortnight is an annual awareness campaign to help people become more familiar with co-operatives in their local area. 

Some of the stories the Society plans to share will focus on the success of the Community Dividend Fund scheme which awards anywhere between £100 to
£5,000 to local good causes to Forget Me Not, a bereavement group launched to help those who have lost a loved one.

Staff will be out on and about volunteering including helping to spruce up the National Memorial Arboretum, in Staffordshire, and helping to support the Kids Country Food and Farming Day, in Peterborough, which will see over 6,000 children learn more about where their food comes from.

Hannah Gallimore, Corporate Responsibility Manager, said: “Co-operatives Fortnight allows our colleagues to work together with customers and local organisations to help improve the areas in which we serve.

“There is no better way than using volunteering to showcase the positive difference working together can have and what being a co-operative is all about.”

Ed Mayo is Secretary General for Co-operatives UK, the trade body behind Co-operatives Fortnight. 

He said: “Co-operatives up and down the country are enabling people to have control over the things that matter to them - where they work, where they live, where they shop.

“Co-operatives Fortnight is a time to celebrate the difference that the UK's 7,000 co-ops make to people's lives and remind ourselves that now, after a year of conflict, it's time to co-operate.”

More details on Co-operatives Fortnight is available by visiting or or following #coopstories on Twitter.

About The Author: Rob Smyth

Public relations

Promoting the great work of Central England Co-operative across all forms of media.