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I’m Kristina, a Member Pioneer in Rochdale. Since April I’ve been doing what I love best – bringing people together in my local community – the birthplace of our Co-op.

On Saturday 25 November thousands of colleagues, members and customers will have the chance to come together and celebrate the local causes who’ve benefited from this round of Co-op’s Local Community Fund.

I used to work in a food store before going to university so I was lucky enough to be part of the last celebration day in April where £9m was paid out to 4,000 local causes.

So many colleagues across our Co-op worked hard to make that day an amazing success so I’m really looking forward to being part of this one – which will be even bigger and better.

How I’m getting involved

Member Pioneer in Rochdale, Kristina

It’s brilliant that the business listened to colleagues and is holding the celebration day on a Saturday. It’s one of Co-op’s busiest days so I know there’ll be a buzz in store.

Working with my former colleagues we’ve already started thinking about what we’re going to do with our local cause, the Rochdale Pioneer Museum. We’ve invited them in and want everyone in the community to understand how we’re helping them and to showcase the great work they’re already doing.

I’d encourage everyone to keep Saturday 25 November free in their diary and pop down to your local store to celebrate. Colleagues in store would really appreciate your support.

I’ll be on social media telling everyone what we’re up to – make sure you are too!

See you in store.


Colleagues are invited from all over the business to celebrate on Saturday 25 November. We know for most colleagues in Funeralcare this is not a work day, so they’ll be carrying on the celebrations with local causes from Monday 27 to Thursday 30 November 2017.

Join the conversation! 3 Comments

  1. @Dale I know, so many of our colleagues went above and beyond in April. It’s all thanks to our field and store teams that it was a fantastic celebration where we could say ‘thank you’ to our members. But it’s not right that you had to use money from your own pocket. We can’t have that happening again. Hopefully you’ve been discussing the celebration plans in your Team Talk meeting with your Area Manager. We’re busy looking at what we learned last time, to make sure we’re supporting you as best we can. Look out for more details coming soon on what’s happening this time, and the support and kit you’ll get to help you. Tessa Wiley, Food Community team.

  2. What will the business be doing to support us in putting on a celebration day? The last celebration day cost me a good chunk of money from my own pocket to put on something worthy of being classed as a celebration. The business don’t supply us with and kind of presentation cheque or similar to really shout about what we’ve raised and who for. Will this be changing for the next celebration day? or will stores be forced into spending their own money to make the business look supportive

    • Hi Dale I agree about the costing and if your a small branch it can be difficult , our small offices had a photo in a food store “also no presentation cheque” I was told if you have more than one charity its not right that we show the fact that one charity gets more than another. 95% of people do not go on line anyway and like all our 3 in Brighton its shared between the three. I would also ask the company why this is taking place on a Saturday when I already give many hours already for community events and my charities were more than happy to come to the presentation on a week day

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