Healthy Community

Educating our customers, members and communities about the importance of healthy eating and Fairtrade sits at the heart of all of our work at Central England Co-op. Our Member and Community Relations Officers will be out and about across the country talking to people of all ages about these important topics. Read more here to find out all about what they will be doing...


Learning a little bit about healthy eating



Our Member and Community Relations Officer will be out and about this year talking to youngsters all about healthy eating as part of a special series of events. Hundreds of schoolchildren will be treated to Healthy Choices workshops, allowing them to get hands-on with a range of activities, including how to make fun fruit kebabs, gain an understanding of food labelling, as well being taught about the importance of getting meal portion sizes right so that no food goes to waste. 


James Knight, Member and Community Relations Officer for the Central region, said: “As an ethical retailer, we are more than happy to support our local schools to help teach the importance of healthy eating and why including five portions of fruit and veg a day is important to a healthy lifestyle.


“Our aim is to educate and have a positive impact on the attitudes and behaviour of local people at an earlier age and I am delighted that our Society will be out and about across 16 counties this year to help youngsters learn more about health and wellbeing.” 


For more information on how the Society’s Member and Community Relations team can support your local school or community group, please email


How 25 years of Fairtrade has helped shape Central England Co-op


As Fairtrade celebrates its 25thbirthday, we are taking a look over some of the great ways we support Fairtrade within our Society. Educating young people about Fairtrade in the communities we serve is constantly at the heart of what we do in the form of our Fairtrade Workshops. All year round our colleagues visit schools, Cubs, Scout and Beaver groups, as well as other community groups, to deliver these workshops to people of all ages.



The sessions aim to get them to think about the people who grow their food and how far it has come, as well as making them aware that buying Fairtrade goods means fair prices for farmers in the developing world. Last year, over 4,000people took part in one of our Fairtrade Workshops. James Knight, Member and Community Relations Officer, said: “Educating young people about Fairtrade not only teaches them about how they can shop in a more ethical way; it helps them to think of themselves as global citizens with a responsibility to others.


“Fairtrade and ethical practices are hugely important to us as a co-operative, so we are always keen to make sure that we are educating the next generation in these important subjects, while also making the sessions we put on great fun and interactive for the young people.”



This is not the only way that the Society support the Fairtrade movement. We donated 12 Bala Play Fairtrade Footballs for Lichfield Wildcats Under 10s Girls Football team, based at Lichfield City FC, in Brownsfield Road. The striking footballs are ethically made to Fairtrade standards so are produced by workers who get a fair deal. The footballs were donated by the Western Membership and Community Council (MCC)


Over 100 people also attended a Fairtrade Tea Dance at Burton Town Hall last year and were treated to a fun-packed afternoon of dancing, as well enjoying the opportunity to sample some delicious Fairtrade products. The event was held to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight in February, aimed at raising awareness of ethical trading practices and was jointly organised by the Southern, Northern and Western Membership and Community Councils (MCCs).



For 25 years, Fairtrade and its supporters have been fighting against poverty and inequality, making a real difference to the lives of farmers and workers. From working with businesses and governments, teaching about Fairtrade in schools, campaigning and lobbying, to choosing Fairtrade in the shops, you have all been part of this journey.


Celebrate with us, and join us for the next 25 years, demanding fairer trade and living incomes for farmers and workers.




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