Thousands of co-operative members and employees will be taking part in the Big Co-op Clean later this month. During Co-operatives Fortnight (20 June-4 July), the annual campaign to promote the co-operative sector, co-ops will be showing that by working together much more can be achieved.
A beach clean has been organised by Southern Co-operative, while Lincolnshire Co-op will be cutting back overgrown vegetation and Chelmsford Star’s youth council will bring together 1,000 students and 200 staff to clean the community around Brentwood County High Co-op Trust school.
Organised by Co-operatives UK, the Fortnight will also feature Co-operative Congress, which will discuss finance and sustainability. The conference at Birmingham Town Hall on 27 June, will also formulate a plan of action to drive the sector forward.
Other events are taking place over the Fortnight, including a lecture on the past, present and future of Co-operative Education featuring Mervyn Wilson, the recently retired principal of the Co-operative College. The lecture, organized by the UK Society for Co-operative Studies, takes place on 24 June at the Working Class Movement Library in Salford. A regular meeting of the Co-operative History Network will also take place on 20 June. The free event, run by UKSCS is held at the Rochdale Pioneers Museum, which participants can visit.
Altgen and the Co-operative College are also working together to run a free interactive event on 29 June for young people from schools in London and the South East. Youth will have the chance to explore the idea of co-operation and find out how they could run their own co-operative.
Throughout the fortnight Supporters Direct, the umbrella body for supporter trusts across the UK will be hosting a series of events. On 20 June Supporters Direct Scotland and Scottish Fans will have their 2015 Annual Conference at Hamden Park from 10am till 5pm. Different workshops will take place on the day, enabling delegates to engage in a discussion of how to grow the game and better represent the fans. Supporters Direct Scotland will also share their research results from the recent National Football Survey and their recommendations for decision makers.
On 27 June Supporters Direct will have the inaugural running of the Rugby League Challenge Shield where Rochdale Hornets play Hemel Stags at Spotland Stadium with a 5:30pm kick off. The match was scheduled to take place during the Fortnight to celebrate the significance of Rochdale as the birthplace of the modern co-operative movement.
To take part in Co-operatives Fortnight, submit your events or download resources, visit: http://www.uk.coop/choosecoop/