Co-ops across the UK are coming together to share the power of co-operation this Co-op Fortnight. From community clean ups to cooking classes, digital hacks, and education events - we're celebrating what can be achieved when we co-operate.
Here are some examples of the types of events our members are organising - follow us on Twitter @CooperativesUK for more! Use the hashtag #CoopFortnight to share the power of co-operation.
Ipswich, Monday 24 June. The public are invited to meet East of England Co-op colleagues at the University of Suffolk Waterfront Building at 6.30pm to run along the Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk trail, checking the 55 Elmer sculptures are clean and free from litter.
Cardiff, 24 June. Wales Co-operative Centre is holding a lunch for co-op leaders to celebrate the positive impact of co-op businesses and exploring new working partnerships at The Clink social enterprise restaurant.
Camden, London. 24 June and 1 July. Lifeafterhummus will be bringing together people from all across London to free cooking and nutrition sessions held in Somers Town, Camden on Monday evenings. And they will be running Vegan Chefs of Colour community cooking classes too.
Coalville, Wednesday 26 June. Central England Co-op is supporting an event to create a ‘Fun Palace’ to be run by and for the local community, aimed at bringing people together through cultural activities for all ages.
Colchester, Wednesday 26 June. The East of England Co-op team will volunteer at Colchester Foodbank who help families in crisis. They’ll be cleaning up, helping with stock auditing and donating food and toiletries.
Oxford, 26 June. The Midcounties Co-operative are hosting an event at Oxford Town Hall to celebrate co-operation in the Oxford area, showcasing what is being achieved through the co-op movement, and what more could be achieved with greater support.
Sutton, London. 26 June and 3 July. Around 40-50 volunteers will be working together at Sutton Community Farm to grow produce for their veg box scheme.
Swindon, Friday 28 June. Community groups and local organisations that would like to learn more about the benefits of co-operative working, are invited to an event hosted by The Midcounties Co-operative at the Swindon Marriott Hotel, with interactive sessions on how to become a co-operative led by Co-op Futures and £500 up for grabs for the first two community groups that commit to becoming a co-operative after the event to support them in developing their co-operative model.
Peterborough, Friday 28 June. Central England Co-op will be supporting the Food and Farming Day run by Kids Country, teaching local schoolchildren about healthy eating, making fruit kebabs and other fun activities.
Oxford, Saturday 29 June. EOF Hackspace are holding an open day at their canal-side workshop. Take a tour of the Makespace hub, and be introduced to a variety of activities which could include 3D printing, robotics, textile arts and lots more.
Southampton, Saturday 29 June. Co-operative Assistance Network Limited is throwing a 30th birthday party. If you’ve worked for or with CAN or supported them in any way, if you are a happy customer or a fellow co-operative development worker, you are warmly invited to the party.
Norwich, Monday 1 July, East of England Co-op colleagues will run 5.5km from the Forum in the city centre to Redmayne View Care Home where they’ll take part in a reminiscence evening and help with some gardening using compost, seeds, bulbs and refreshments donated by the co-op.
Birmingham, Monday 1 July. Central England Co-operative is holding a Fairtrade Football Tournament with money raised going to the Society’s corporate charity Dementia UK and local Charity Sporting Spirit.
Leicester, Monday 1 July. Co-operatives East Midlands are launching their poem, which has been created collectively. It will be showcased in a short video at an event celebrating co-operative education.
Ipswich, Tuesday 2 July. A networking afternoon for local co-operative businesses and members at East of England Co-op's head office at Wherstead Park in Ispwich.
Walsall, Tuesday 2 July. A Crazy Composers Show Day supported by The Midcounties Co-operative will bring pupils from eight Walsall primary schools to work with professional musicians and musical experts in an array of group-based activities including composing, singing and performing. This will be followed by the grand finale with a spectacular performance by the English Concert for everyone to enjoy.
Pontardawe, Tuesday 2 July. Egni Co-op are hosting a visit to their wind farm from members Tairgwaith School. They’ll be talking about climate change & co-operatives – and helping promote their new solar rooftop share offer.
Plymouth, Wednesday, 3 July. As part of Co-op Fortnight and Community Energy Fortnight, Plymouth Energy Community are hosting a ‘Bee Solar Party’ at their community-owned solar array in Ernesettle.
Plymouth, Friday 5 and Saturday 6 July. Join Nudge Community Builders and a group of volunteers who will be rolling up their sleeves to give much-loved community spaces Union Corner a new lease of life, cleaning and maintaining it so it can be used by local groups.
Hebden Bridge, Saturday 6 July. Commemorating the story of Hebden Bridge’s famous Nutclough Mill Co-operative on International Co-operatives Day, with a walk which ends at the Fox and Goose co-operative pub.
Sheffield, Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 July. See Co-op Fortnight out in style at The Folk Forest festival organised by Sheffield’s Regather Co-operative. There will be five stages of music, food, drink, arts, crafts and plenty of co-operative spirit!
Birmingham, Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 July. The Active Wellbeing Society are holding four family fun days across Birmingham. Working with Co-operative Futures they are inviting other local co-ops to join them to promote the impact of co-ops in Birmingham and spread the co-op word.
Northampton, Sunday 7 July. A free film screening of The Pioneers – the inspirational story of the birth of co-operation more than 175 years ago with a Question and Answer session with invited guest John Boyle. and a marketplace featuring local co-operatives organised by Northampton Socialist Film Club, the Co-operative, and Northampton Co-operative Party.
Elland, West Yorkshire. Wholefood co-operative, Suma is running sessions on co-operation with local schools, organising tidy ups in the local area, promoting the fellow co-ops it works with, as well as running a range of sessions for Suma workers to strengthen their knowledge of co-operative working.
Manchester. During Co-op Fortnight, Projekts MCR skatepark will see around 750 people taking part in group sessions to develop their skills on skateboards, scooters, inline skates and BMX bikes. Bringing together a diverse mix of people through beginner and advanced skateboard clubs, women’s only sessions and open sessions between 24 June and 7 July.
Scotland. Scotmid Co-op colleagues are holding 13 litter picks across Scotland and supplying litter-picking equipment to local communities; helping 1,500 groups to get involved in keeping their surroundings beautiful.
Channel Islands. The Channel Islands Co-operative are leading the islanders in 'random acts of kindness' to spread joy across communities.
Oxford. Hempen are hosting a morning tour of their organic hemp farm with an invitation to share lunch afterwards
Stevenage, London, Manchester and Cheltenham. Around 700 Wine Society members will be taking part in wine tasting events across the UK and touring the society’s headquarters in Stevenage.