On Saturday 24 November colleagues across Co-op will have the chance to celebrate with local causes who’ve benefited from this round of the Local Community Fund.
If you’re not already part of the celebrations in Food stores and funeral homes, I’d encourage all colleagues to save the date and pop down to their local store to join in.
They’re a great way of reminding us of the real difference our Local Community Fund is making to thousands of local causes in the UK.
I’ve worked for Co-op for 18 years starting as a customer team member. I was also one of the first Member Pioneers.
I get my biggest kick out of connecting people in my community – bringing people together to co-operate and help each other. As a Co-op that’s what it’s all about.
Membership is about much more than 5% and 1%. It’s about democracy and true co-operation.
I’m also passionate about working as one Co-op. Only recently I helped connect Insurance to one of the local causes who’d received £3,600 from the Local Community Fund.
Angela Tyler set up The ELY Memorial Fund in memory of her daughter who sadly died in a road traffic accident at the age of 23.
The charity helps pay funeral costs for families in the Herefordshire area who’ve experienced the loss of a son or daughter (aged 17-25) in a road traffic accident.
Angela also works with Hereford and Worcester Fire & Rescue Service Dying 2 Drive initiative. They go into schools and educate young people about the dangers of careless driving.
Insurance have learnt a lot from her that they can feed into their own initiatives on young drivers and safer roads.
Since I’ve introduced Angela to different people around Co-op she’s now going into our Co-op Academies to talk about her experience.
That’s an example of how co-operation works in action.
Connecting people all year round
All year round Member Pioneers are bringing people together in lots of different ways. Here in Hereford we’ve set up a Co-op Local Forum. Colleagues are very welcome to come along.
Remember, you’re also invited to the Join In Live member events starting on 24 September and running through to November.
Member Pioneer, Council Member and Learning Facilitator