Co-operatives North West News August 2014 Conference -NEW VENUE- Special

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  1. Events
  2. Resources
  3. Follow Our Tweeters
  4. ..and Finally....

...more free resources and events

1. Events

Join Us for the Co-ops North West AGM & Conference Big Day Out! 17 September 10am-4pm, Kendal

New Venue!! South Lakes Foyer, Yard 95a, Stricklandgate, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4RA

Free Entry includes lunch. To book your free place click on Barbara Places are strictly limited, early booking essential.

Special Conference Features

  • After the Co-op Crisis: Debate the Way Forward! Hear Jo Bird Hosted by Cumbria Social Enterprise Partnership.

  • Rural Co-operation Now! - How we do it in Cumbria Presentations by Heskett's Old Crown Pub Cumbrian SPAA Foundation, The Wool Clip, Baywind and Cybermoor.

  • Workshops on Digital Media Campaigning, Alliance and Networking, The COOP marque and .coop domain, Student Co-ops and Ethical Finance.

Rochdale Pioneers Museum 'Co-operation on Wheels' exhibition until 25 October

The exhibition celebrates the Tour de France racing through Rochdale Borough on 6 July. Exhibits explore the link between cycling and co-ops. There are a range of bikes and cycling memorabilia on display, from original Co-operative Wholesale Society delivery bikes to one of the latest road bikes used by professionals. For more information contact Jenny

FC United's 5K Run, Walk or Crawl Minithon, North Manchester 12pm Sunday 19 October

Check out your walking boots or trainers, have healthy fun whilst raising funds for the club and charity, ambling around the beautiful ancient woodland setting of Boggart Hole Clough, a mile away from FC's new ground. Prizes for fancy dress, first home.... Followed by the afterun social and prize-giving in the Lakeside Café. Interested? Contact

2. Resources

Invitation to new co-ops

Membership of Co-ops North West is free for newly registered co-ops. We welcome new members and you’ll be part of the co-op regional network. Complete this form in time to take part in our AGM and annual regional gathering in September. Send completed application forms to the Secretary.

Power To Change: Funding Support for Community-Led Enterprises

Power to Change is a new initiative which will invest up to £150 million to support the development of sustainable community-led enterprises across England. The programme is being provided by Locality, UnLtd and Plunkett Foundation and funded by the Big Lottery Fund in association with Power to Change. Support includes expert guidance, a free roadshow and online learning. It will be delivered by an independent Trust to be established later this year. Learn more at

Grants for Projects Creating Real & Systemic Social Change: Deadline 8 September

Up to £5,000 of Edge Fund grants are available to support efforts to achieve social, economic and environmental justice and to end UK imbalances in wealth and power. Enquire at 0776 712 6915 or 0300 123 1965 or email Edge Fund

Local Grants for Bury Groups

Grants up to £5000 are available to small local community based groups in Bury for grass-root community activity that make Bury a better place to live. Projects should address at least one of Bury Council’s thematic priorities: Reducing poverty and its effects, supporting its most vulnerable residents or making Bury a better place to live. Apply by 2 September or 15 January. More details at

FC United's New Stadium Progresses: Function & Event Rooms for Hire

Story and Pics @ To Book Rooms or Functions (from November 2014) contact Amanda

Interim guide to working with the Co-operative Group in the North West

The Co-operative Group has put a pause on much of its spending on social goals, including membership and community activities, pending its Annual General Meeting in May. To help local co-operatives assess current opportunities, Co-operatives North West has teamed up with the Co-operative North West Membership Team to provide an interim guide here

Want to Promote or Report the Lessons Learned at Your Co-op?

Members can send a short intro and the weblink to CNW with important articles about your Co-op, and Co-ops UK are always interested to hear your good news as well; so send your media releases, blogs, case studies or articles to

Co-operatives North West – Online Directory

Hard copies of CNW's regional directory are available to help you trade with our region's co-ops - send SAE C6 size to CNW Secretary, 29 Mizzy Road, Rochdale OL12 6HW. For larger quantities email Andy Jessop. Most NW co-ops are in the Co-operatives UK online Directory. If you aren't visit here to find out how you can be included.

Proud to be a co-op

We have some copies of Co-ops UK’s annual review, 'The Co-operative Economy 2014: Untold Resilience', to give away (postage paid). For your copy, email your postal address to the Secretary, the Secretary. When they’ve gone, they’ve gone!

3. Follow CNW and Our Tweeters

Want to follow our Tweeters? The newsletter aims, for the foreseeable future, to publicise the Twitter accounts of all Co-ops North West Members to help keep you further up to date with our members' news and views. If you are a member, why not submit your link details? If not a member, why not join us? Check us out on our website

Co-ops North West
Sustainable Change
FC United of Manchester
Arts Hub 47
GM Tree Station
South Manchester Credit Union
Co-operative College
National Co-operative archive
Co-operative Schools
Young Co-operatives
Rochdale Pioneers Museum
Robert Owen

4...and finally

The North West has one of the ten poorest regions in Northern Europe....and eight of the other nine are also in the UK Read More here

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