Tackling Poverty Fortnight campaign launches in Wales

Wales Co-operative Centre's Tackling Poverty Fortnight runs from 1-14 February

The Wales Co-operative Centre has launched its third Tackling Poverty Fortnight campaign, which aims to show how people and organisations working co-operatively can help improve the lives of people across Wales. Running for the first two weeks of February, the campaign highlights how 23% of the Welsh population lives in poverty – and how co-op […]

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Lighting up Manchester with community energy

Staff and volunteers at St Johns Centre Manchester, home of the St John's Sunshine co-op. They have had solar panels on their roof for a number of years. (photograph: Andy Aitchison)

Eighteen organisations across Manchester have come together to launch Community Energy GM – a project aimed at lighting up the city with community-owned solar power. Following the recent floods in the north west, the issues of climate change and fuel poverty are back in the news. The scheme is raising funds for 20 buildings to get brand […]

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Co-op Bank: Should I stay or should I go?

The Co-op Bank is facing much criticism from within the co-op movement, and other financial institutions have been quick to offer their own 'ethical banking' services

At the end of last year, news emerged that the Co-operative Bank was closing the accounts of many campaigning and solidarity groups that have links to Palestine, Cuba or Nicaragua. In response to the closures, Save Our Bank launched a campaign asking The Co-operative Bank to reconsider their decision. So far, the campaign has attracted more […]

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Group to host 12 ‘Your Co-op Meeting’ events

The meetings will take place at 12 locations around the UK during Fairtrade Fortnight (29 February – 13 March)

In the lead up to its AGM in May, the Co-operative Group is holding a series of free, open meetings for members in cities around the UK. Hosted by the members’ council, the 12 regional meetings are a chance for Group members to tell the council “more about those issues which matter most to you as […]

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Canadian credit union guarantees responsible investment

Figures show that responsible investment accounts for more than 30% of assets in Canada under management

A Canadian credit union has become the country’s first financial institution to offer socially responsible guaranteed investment (SRI) certificates. Mennonite Savings and Credit Union (MSCU) based in Ontario has developed a set of socially responsible lending criteria to incorporate into its agricultural and commercial lending practices. MSCU provides banking services to 20,000 members, has more […]

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Lights, camera, bagpipes

Damilola Fadun, Thomas Rankine and Brenda Sheng of the Wee Govan Pipers

Glasgow-based Media Co-op has spent 18 months filming creating a documentary for BBC television. The Wee Govan Pipers, which follows the formative moments of the Govan Schools Pipe Band, was broadcast on New Year’s Day and is available on the iPlayer until Tuesday Feb 2 at 9pm. Media Co-op was founded in 2004 by a group of media professionals to pool […]

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Should co-ops shake on deals with big business?

Co-ops are increasingly turning to multinationals to work on projects – but can a co-op harm its identity by linking up with a business which does not meet its ethical standards?

Far from being a new phenomenon, partnerships between co-operative and multinationals are becoming a common occurrence, with the likes of Coca-Cola, Nespresso or Mars collaborating with co-ops on common projects. Amazon is now giving customers the chance to choose to donate 0.5% of their purchase to an organisation of their choice, including a number of […]

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Preserving the past for tomorrow’s co-operators

The project hopes to track the 1970s to 1990s, when the co-operative movement received a surge of fresh interest

An appeal for funding has launched for a project to preserve crucial records of the workers’ co-operative movement. The Workers Co-operative Archive Project aims to save key records from workers’ coops from the 1970s to the 1990s. It is hoping to get under way in spring, providing it can raise £10,000. A year ago, the […]

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Energy4All community share offers raise over £5.5m

Since its creation in 2002, Energy4All has raised over £50m for community energy projects

Four community share offers launched by Energy4All have raised a total of £5.5m. One of these, a 500kW hydro scheme at Rumbling Bridge in Kinross-shire will be the largest community-owned hydro scheme in the UK. Another project is Edinburgh Community Solar Co-op, which raised £1.5million to install solar panels on up to 25 publicly owned […]

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Co-op pharmacists lend skills in innovative new course

Penny Mosley and Nicole Murdock (l-r), two of the Lincolnshire Co-op pharmacists and teacher practitioners

Pharmacists from Lincolnshire Co-op are helping students through an innovative new course run by the University of Lincoln. The MPharm course,which lasts four years and was developed with help from Lincolnshire Co-op pharmacists, offers an integrated learning style where student learn the chemistry of medicines alongside the interpersonal skills needed to deal with patients. Alastair Farquhar, head of pharmacy at […]

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