What is the Young Co-operators Network?
The purpose of our Young Co-operators Network is to provide a method of engagement to Midcounties’ members aged between 16 and 25. It is an interactive group of young members coming together digitally and in person to answer Society questions which would benefit from a young person’s opinion.
The Network enables our young members to share opinions, take part in discussions and make recommendations to the strategies of the Society that affect other young members; increasing their democratic involvement and making their membership more meaningful.
So if you are between 16 and 25, want to make a difference and have your say, join today!
Young Member Forum 2019
At the 2019 AGM we held our Young Members Forum, the day consisted of a number of presentations that included:
- TV’s Dr Hilary Jones talking to the young people about healthcare
- Cal Major, the Midcounties environmental ambassador who talked about travelling abroad for a gap year and how we can play our part in reducing plastics
- Joe Doherty, adventure Manager from the Outward Bound trust who spoke about his amazing expedition across Antarctica to reach the South Pole
We also consulted with the young people on how we can further engage with them in the future - a great morning was had by all that attended!
Quotes from our young attendees:
‘The talks were great!’
‘I really enjoyed the Gap year talk’
‘The conversations and learning about the expeditions people have been on were really interesting’
‘The day was really interesting and informative’
In the Afternoon 3 schools (Cannock Chase High, Walsall Academy and Myton school) took part in ‘Our solution to beat plastic pollution’ competition. Each school delivered a presentation and created their own video on how they were going to reduce single-use plastics in their schools, and showcased sculptures they had made out of single-use plastics.
All 3 schools delivered a fantastic presentation, with the judges deciding the overall winner was Myton School in Warwick. Throughout the day there were also various prize draws for the young people to enter.