By Mark Robinson-Field, Member Participation Lead

Our Join in Live events are all about Co-op getting out on the road and meeting with members, customers and colleagues in communities around the UK. The events are a chance to get involved in making a difference together, and helping us spread the word about all the good work we’re doing.

This year, we’re running 12 events up and down the country, sharing updates on what’s happening around the business, along with the latest on our campaigns and big projects. Then it’s time to hand over to everyone in the room.

We want to hear your ideas and thoughts on how we can celebrate 25 years of Fairtrade, and how we can better support producers and customers in the future. Co-op Members have already been instrumental in developing our plans for our Endangered Spaces campaign, telling us that we should make saving the UK’s community spaces a priority. Now, we want your suggestions on how we can shout even louder about this campaign, to help us make a huge impact through small changes.

You’ll also have the opportunity to take a look around our Co-op Marketplace. It’s a great opportunity for you to meet with fellow Co-op colleagues and local Co-op Members, hear more about what we’re doing in your community and try some of our new food products. Senior leaders, Council Members and Member Pioneers will all be joining us at each event, so if you’ve got any questions or feedback to share, this is the perfect chance to do so.

To find your nearest Join in Live event this year and to book your free place, visit https://www.co-operative.coop/events. Ahead of the day, you can also download our Join in Live events app, just search ‘Co-op events app’ on your Apple or Android device’s app store. This will tell you everything you need to know about your event and who will be there; you can also submit your questions in advance and make notes during the sessions.