Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Join the revolution with the Co-Operative

Every year The Co-operative supports thousands of initiatives both in the UK and the developing world, helping people to change the world around them. Join the revolution!

In 1844, a revolution began in Rochdale. It started when a group of everyday people founded a new kind of business. A business based on democratic principles, owned by the customers and reinvesting in the community it served. This revolution was called The Co-operative.
167 years on, we’ve grown to become a part of daily life, with over 5,000 stores and branches across the UK.

The Co-operative has already helped hundreds of thousands of people to bring their ideas to life, and now we want to empower even more revolutionaries to get involved. To keep communities thriving, support co-operatives, protect the environment and respect animal welfare.
Some of the projects include:

A community group offering even more ways to play to local children
Play Montgomeryshire provides families with free or low cost activities that give children greater opportunity to learn through play.

One of their services, the Machynlleth Toy Library, came under threat of closure when its existing funding was cancelled. The library is a well-loved part of the local community, and Mieke and the Play Montgomeryshire team were determined to save it. The group approached The Co-operative and secured a donation of £2,000 from our Community Fund. As a result, they are now confident that the library will continue to serve local children.

The Co-operative Community Fund is funded by the money that our members agree to donate from their share of the profits. In 2010 their generosity allowed us to make 1319 awards to local community projects.

A sustainable, co-operative school inspiring young people

The Co-operative’s Green Schools initiative is the most wide-ranging sustainability programme in UK schools. From helping to organize walking buses, to providing visits to green energy sites, and to farms to see how food is grown, we can engage pupils with a broader spectrum of projects than any other UK business.

One school to benefit from this partnership with The Co-operative was Sir Thomas Boughey High School in Staffordshire. It was one of the first Co-operative Business Colleges in the UK and one of 185 schools we have helped to generate their own green electricity. 
We helped the kids to get involved by becoming young co-operators, and funded a roof-mounted solar panel system. As a major sponsor, we also support the school, staff, parents and pupils, in all areas of the curriculum.

Why not get involved? Join the revolution and make a difference where you are?
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