Co-operatives Fortnight


Central England Co-operative is supporting Co-operatives Fortnight. Running from 17 June to 1 July, the fortnight is organised by Co-operatives UK and celebrates stories of incredible co-operation.

Below are a wide range of stories, pictures and videos showcasing how our Society co-operates with others.

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



Supporting people in need across the world with the donation of four vehicles

Four vehicles used by Central England Co-operative in its Food and Funeral businesses are now set to be used to help people in need across the globe.

Colleagues from the Society’s Food Distribution Centre, in Scudamore Road, Leicester, have donated two 26-tonne lorries to the National Police Aid Convoy team – one will be used to transport medical goods to Syria and the other filled with hospital beds and equipment before being shipped to Accra, Ghana.  Read more

School given much-needed spruce up thanks to Society working with our suppliers

A school which caters for children with special educational needs has been given a spruce up thanks to Central England Co-operative and its suppliers.

The Society has long-standing association with Selly Oak Trust School, in Birmingham, and stepped in after learning that is cookery training facility needed an urgent upgrade.

Teaming with several suppliers who work regularly with the Central England Co-operative property team, a major revamp was undertaken to provide a much-needed boost for the pupils.  Read more

Wide range of charities and groups share £52,000 as part of latest payout from Community Dividend Fund

Twenty-six charities and groups are celebrating after sharing £52,000 in the latest payout from Central England Co-operative’s Community Dividend Fund.

A diverse range of projects picked from across 16 counties have been handed funding, with the largest single amount given being £5,000.  Read more

Forget Me Not aims to help people who have lost a loved one talk about their grief while creating lasting friendships

A new group has been launched to offer help, friendship and support to those who have lost a loved one.

The Forget Me Not bereavement group was launched to bring people together from similar walks of life who have lost someone, to talk about their loss but also to socialise and create lasting friendships.  Read more

Society signs Time to Change pledge to raise awareness of mental health

The Society has vowed to break the silence around mental health by signing the Time to Change Employer Pledge.

Chief Executive Martyn Cheatle put pen to paper on the pledge in a bid to illustrate the Society’s long-term commitment to raising awareness about mental health problems.

The signing of the agreement has been spearheaded by Tracey Orr, Support Services Executive, and a Mental Health Working Party set up at Central England Co-op to focus on the issue.  Read more

Award-winning scheme is impacting on both students who take part and the community as a whole

The pioneering SENse to Aspire scheme has helped 166 students gain work experience at the Society’s florists or food outlets, which includes classroom sessions.

The programme also has an enormous impact on the colleagues involved because it raises their awareness around learning difficulties and disabilities, and gives the colleagues a real sense of having made a difference.  Read more

Colleagues dig deep to support good causes in the communities in which they serve

Colleagues from across the Society have been undertaking a wide array of volunteering and charity efforts to support the communities in which they serve

Thirteen colleagues recently swapped their suits for gardening gloves and work boots as part of a special day of volunteering at the National Memorial Arboretum, in Alrewas.

The group spent the day clearing weeds, planting new bulbs and cutting grass, plants and shrubs at the Burma Star Association’s memorial.  Read more

What is a Co-operative?

Whether it’s a football club like Barcelona or a retailer like us, your local co-op pub or group of dairy farmers, co-operatives are successful businesses. 

There are nearly 7,000 independent co-operatives across the UK, working in all parts of the economy. Together they contribute more than £34.1 billion to the British economy. 

They range from multi-billion pound businesses to small community enterprises. They work in everything from healthcare to housing, renewables to retail, sports to social care.

People of all kinds benefit through membership of their co-operative. Farmers are strengthening their position in competitive and global markets. Employees are having a say in how their organisations are run. Customers are influencing the businesses they use. Local residents are saving vital services.

Co-operatives Fortnight will allow all of these co-operative to share stories of how working together has made a difference.


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