Rochdale Boroughwide Housing (RBH) has launched a scheme to help young people find out more about co-operatives and mutuals. The initiative is aimed at giving young people who live in RBH neighbourhoods a say in the running of the mutual society.
An introductory event in April saw 37 young people and 15 adults take part, and 123 young people have already signed up. They will work with the Co-operative College to help shape the new organisation.
Earlier this month, young members met Gabriela Buffa, the youth representative on the board of the International Co-operative Alliance. Ms Buffa, from Argentina, was in Manchester to meet other co-operators and exchange experiences. She also visited the Rochdale Pioneers’ Museum.
She said: “It was great to meet an engaged group of young co-operators, with lots of creative ideas. I know they will get good results from their activities because they know what they are doing and have great goals. They should enjoy themselves as much as they can and do things together – I hope they can invite even more friends so they can grow as a group!”
Letitia, 14, a member of RHB Young Voices, added: “Gabriela’s visit was very inspiring because the ICA shows how much co-operation means, not just locally but to the world”
RBH is inviting other young people aged 8-17 to join its Young Voices scheme. Membership is open to young people whose parents are members of RBH or who live in a neighbourhood managed by RBH.