Press release

Can two weeks of mass co-operation solve our ‘Brexit blues’?

Three years on from the EU referendum which has divided both communities and families, co-operatives up and down the country are coming together in two weeks of unity during Co-op Fortnight (24 June to 7 July).

With new research released today showing that over half (58%) of people think their community is more divided since Brexit, Co-op Fortnight is a chance to celebrate what can be achieved when we work together.

During the next two weeks, member-owned organisations will be carrying out ‘acts of co-operation’ such as community clean ups or collecting donations for food banks, and encouraging members of the public to join in and share the power of co-operation on social media.

Lifeafterhummus Community Benefit Society is a London-based BME-led social enterprise on a mission to make nutrition and cooking classes accessible to all. During Co-op Fortnight, they’ll be bringing together people from all across London to free cooking and nutrition sessions held in Somers Town, Camden. And they will be running their Vegan Chefs of Colour community cooking classes too.

Working in local communities in North London since 2016, Lifeafterhummus became a community benefit society in July 2018. Its three founding directors, Farrah Rainfly, Dr Sanjana Jio and Hetal Jani are launching a membership offer this summer to the volunteers, supporters and 900 people who’ve benefitted from their free and low cost sessions for those who can’t afford expensive cooking classes. 

“We know how to live healthily on the just the basics – and we show people how to take simple ingredients and create healthy, delicious meals. Co-op Fortnight is the perfect time for people to come together to take action. It’s a chance to shine a spotlight on what can be achieved when we co-operate.”  says co-founder Farrah Rainfly. 

Ed Mayo, Secretary General of Co-operatives UK said; “Co-ops around the world share the same strong values and principles, and all year round they have a positive impact on the communities in which they are based.  We’re coming together during Co-op Fortnight to show everyone why co-operation is what the world really needs right now and we’d love it if the public joined in, creating a chain reaction of positive stories as they tag friends and family. It doesn’t have to be a big thing, a simple act of teamwork can lift the spirits and help to heal some of the divisions caused by Brexit.”

Co‑op Fortnight is organised by Co‑operatives UK, sponsored by some of the UK’s largest co‑operatives and brought to life by co‑ops across the UK.

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