By Jo Whitfield, Food CEO

Hi everyone

Let me start by saying a big thank you to those of you who have sent emails to and, sharing your stories with the Home Office as part of our Safer Colleagues, Safer Communities campaign.

Jan’s story started the campaign back in April and we’ve already had an impressive 600 emails, with the majority coming from our colleagues! I really appreciate how open you’re being and talking so candidly about your experiences. Some of your stories are absolutely horrific but they’ll make a real difference in helping the Home Office get a sense of what’s happening in our shops. Typically campaigns like this from the Home Office only get around 100 responses altogether, so we’re doing brilliantly.

But, if you haven’t already done so and you’ve:

  • Been directly affected by an attack or threatening behaviour
  • Witnessed someone else being attacked or threatened
  • Or a family member has witnessed someone being attacked or threatened

Share your story by emailing and

Here are some materials to help you tell your story.

We’ve got until 28 June to send in our stories and we’ll also be submitting a Co-op response to the campaign. We’ve answered 22 specific questions from the Home Office and are sharing:

  • Our data to address gaps in understanding of the problem
  • What we’re doing to prevent crime and support colleagues to gather evidence of what works
  • How we report incidents and the support we get from enforcement to understand gaps in legislation
  • How we’re collaborating with other businesses to share best practice

We’re sharing our story. Are you sharing yours?

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