Show your Co-operation - Co-op Fortnight is here!
It’s Co-op Fortnight! We're encouraging all our members to get involved and show your acts of co-operation!
Running until 7th July, the Fortnight is organised by Co-operatives UK and to take part all you have to do it is carry out an ‘act of co‑operation’, by film or photograph for social media using #CoopFortnight. You can also nominate or tag someone, who does the same and post to the @midcountiescoop Twitter page.
Together, we want to inspire everyone up and down the country – our Colleagues, members, customers, suppliers, friends, family and communities – to work together this Co‑op Fortnight.
How can you get involved?
Think about an act of co-operation…from community clean-ups, to collecting donations for a local food bank share your co‑op story.
Nominate a Community Project!
To nominate a community project to be considered for our colleague volunteers to support for up to one day please click the banner to the right (below on mobile).
You will need to provide the name of the community project, basic details of what volunteering support is required, when this support is required, and contact details to enable our team to follow up with you.
All nominations will be considered, and selected projects will be chosen through our Regional Community network.
Here are some ideas for you to consider!
Community and Environment
Tidy up a community space – how many bags can you collect?
- Take part in volunteering in your local area by planting flowers, painting a community centre or decorating a public space – Share your before and after photos!
- Check out our video below to see an example of co-operation in our Warwick & Leamington Regional Community for World Environment Day 2019...
Education and Learning
Arrange to go to a local school to talk to young people about co-ops.
Create a work of art to display in a public place to inspire others with your co-operative story.
Teach a new skill to members or friends.
Share your story of how co-ops are special and link to the International Day of Co-ops on 6 July
Collect donations for your local food bank – set a small target for how many items you plan to collect
Make a pledge to reduce food waste an encourage others to do the same
So, what’s happening in Midcounties?
Lots! We have the lots going on over Co-op Fortnight including a FREE Community Concert and more, click here to see our events!
The Midcounties Community Concert – 2nd July
We will be hosting the Midcounties Community Concert from 4:30pm - 6:45pm on Tuesday 2nd July.
Following their recent triumph at New York's Carnegie Hall, we're delighted to invite you to join the UK's leading baroque orchestra "The English Concert" for this spectacular FREE concert, right here in the heart of Walsall. Hear music from the recent Royal Wedding and the theme to football's Champions' League.
Britain’s Got Talent finalist and International Concert Organ and Pianist, Jean Martyn, will open the show, along with specially invited local performers. It will showcase some of our community’s most talented singers and musicians.
The Midcounties Community Concert promises to be an audio-visual extravaganza so to book your FREE tickets, please click here.
You can also book tickets from:
The Box Office on 0300 555 2898 (open Mon to Fri 9.30am – 4.30pm)
The Midcounties Community Hub on 01902 492235 (open Mon to Fri 9:00am – 5:00pm)
Visit the box office in person at The Forest Arts Centre, Hawbush Road, Walsall, WS3 1AG
Address: The Forest Arts Centre, Hawbush Road, Leamore, WS3 1AG
International Co-operatives Day - 6th July
The theme of the International Day of Cooperatives 2019 is COOPS 4 DECENT WORK #CoopsDay. We will focus our Modern Slavery campaign and Midcounties Community Concert event on 2nd July drawing on the international composition of the event. This will be a celebration of international co-operation and throughout the day we will be showcasing co-operatives from around the world on social media.
Keep an eye on @midcountiescoop for the latest updates.
Oxford Event Highlights - 26th June
On the 26th June, we supported an event at Oxford Town Hall with the City Council’s Co-operatives Champion, Cllr Richard Howlett. The event celebrated Oxford’s democratic businesses, gaining inspiration from exciting developments elsewhere and looked ahead to how we can build the movement locally.
To mark ‘Co-operatives Fortnight’, the City Council’s Co-operatives Champion, Cllr Richard Howlett, hosted this event to celebrate Oxford’s democratic businesses, gain inspiration from exciting developments elsewhere and look ahead to how we can build the movement locally.
The panel for the event compromised of:
Colm Massey, a founding member of the Solidarity Economy Association (SEA), shared for the first time SEA’s work to date on mapping Oxford’s solidarity economy, which includes many co-ops and other solidarity economy initiatives in the city.
Jo White, Executive Director, Co-op Futures. Jo has a wealth of experience supporting co-ops and discussed how the model is central to progressive local economic development strategies in Preston and beyond.
Our Chief Values Officer, Pete Westall, also talked about The Midcounties Co-operative’s involvement in the Oxford area at this event, with our history in the city going back to the 1870s. A range of other local organisations are also showcasing their activity including the following;
Flo’s in the Park: As the Florence Park Children’s Centre closed this multi-stakeholder co-op was born to ensure a vibrant future for the space meeting local community needs.
The Village: A group of Oxford parents providing informal childcare exchange to one another.
New Internationalist Publishing: A Workers’ Co-op publishing books and magazines in Oxford since 1973, now leading the charge in building a new model for member-supported media in the digital age.
Need more information?
Take a look on the Co-operatives UK page here and make your #CoopFortnight pledge today.