Co-operatives North West News December 2014

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  1. Events
  2. Resources
  3. Secretary's Report
  4. Follow Our Tweeters
  5. ..and Finally....

...more free resources and events

1. Events

CBC Conference Ways Forward 3: A New Era for Co-operative Development 23 Jan

At the Central Hall in Manchester, delegates will have the chance to be inspired by international speakers, contribute, influence, exhibit, visit FC United's new stadium and hear how young co-operators are heralding a “Co-operative Spring”. For more information or to register, click Please contact if you would like to sponsor or contribute to assist the conference.

Free Worker Co-op's HR Forum: Manchester 11am-4pm 26 Jan

Networking and peer learning opportunity with other Co-ops UK members facilitated by leading worker co-op HR experts Britta Werner (Unicorn Grocery) and Bob Cannell (Suma). . Lunch is provided NB The event is only free for member of Co-ops UK (non-members should get in touch to discuss terms etc.). More info here.

FC United Set Up UK Football's First Young Owners' Branch, 1830

In November, FC United supporters announced that they had set up what records may show is the first official football supporters' branch for 18 to 30 year olds. Young people are the lifeblood of football but have little say in its governance whether at local, regional or national levels. The supporter-owned club aims to give young people more of a voice in football governance. More information from or you can follow them at


2. Resources

Research Shows Many Investors Eager to Support Good Causes:

Read More here

Research: Co-operators' Views of Co-ops UK: 2014 Report

Read the latest report on how co-operators view Co-ops UK here

Future Directions for Co-operatives North West? Your Views Sort

With the cut in core funding previously provided by the Co-op Group's Enterprise Hub, CNW's income is much reduced. Uncertainty over future income means we are unable to recruit a replacement Project Manager (see above), which means changing how we work. At the last board meeting directors discussed ways to reduce our ongoing expenditure, and to re-invigorate our organisation. We want your views on what CNW can do to support you and promote the co-operative movement.

Comic Relief Local Communities Programme - Merseyside & Lancashire Grants

Grants between £1,000 and £10,000 available for sports/community projects in Merseyside and Lancashire that empower local people and enable them to create lasting change in their communities. Applications reviewed at a panel meeting in February.

More detail here for Merseyside and Lancashire

Manchester City Council - Grants to Promote 20 mph Zones

Small grants of up to £200 are available for Manchester's constituted voluntary and community groups, schools, and residents associations to hold an event or activity that promotes the benefits of 20 mph speed limits in their community. Phone Customer and Community Engagement Team 0161 274 6422 or email: here

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 15 January. More details here

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 .

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

3. Co-ops North West Secretary's Report

Stay with us!

Current members of Co-operatives North West will be receiving an invitation to renew their membership for 2015. We'll let them know what they helped us achieve in 2014 and our plans for next year. We hope they will stay with us to help build our region's co-op economy, meet their needs and benefit the communities we serve. It's what principle 6 is all about!

Join us!

We'll also be inviting current members of Co-operatives UK to apply for membership of Co-operatives North West – their region's co-op network. It's an opportunity to volunteer to get involved in what we do. We'll be asking them what they want to do to support co-ops in the North West. Together we are stronger. It's what solidarity achieves!

Tell us!

Manchester co-ops enjoyed an evening social on 19 November. We discussed the idea of a local co-op network (nothing too formal, you understand) with people there and got a good response. We'll be asking co-ops in other parts of the North West if they like the idea. If you do, and are interested in getting involved, contact us at and we'll be in touch.

It's not just us!

Co-operatives UK hosted a meeting of Regional Co-operative Councils (RCCs) in Sheffield on 4 December. We were there and heard that the RCCs should expect only a small grant for 2015/16. It's not just us; all RCCs have to change how they do stuff. The challenge is to help our members to help themselves. Self help. It's what co-ops are about! We'll be working on this with the other RCCs.

4. 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

Arts Hub 47
Co-op College
Co-operative Business Consultants
Co-operative Mutual Solutions
Co-operative Schools
Co-ops North West
FC United of Manchester
GM Tree Station
National Co-op archive
North West Housing Services
Robert Owen
Rochdale Pioneers Museum
South Manchester Credit Union
Sustainable Change
Young Co-operatives
Fc United 1830 Branch

5...and finally..., ** Newsletter announcement **

The Co-operatives North West newsletter is changing - from January, your news items will appear on the web site as news posts, which allows you to include more detail. The newsletter will become a summary of these news posts, directing readers to the web site to read more. Please continue to send your news items to

We'd like to take this opportunity to thank Phil Frampton for his hard work and reliability over the years in collecting news and making the newsletter.

Xmas is Coming… the Goose is Getting Fat. Please Put a Penny in the Student's Cap:

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