Co-operatives North West News October 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

Report: Co-ops North West AGM 17 September

The AGM affirmed the re-election of the retiring Directors: Michael Kaye of Turo Technology t/a; Bill Knowles from SECOD, John McGuigan from North West Housing Services and Dawn Vear from UK Credit Unions. It heard that CNW carried forward a surplus of £10,929 to our reserves for 2014/15. Members (In response to a 'straw poll' announced by Chair, Ann Marie Wrigley) agreed that membership should be extended to individuals supporting co-operative values and principles.

New Co-operatives North West Member, Envirolution, says:

"Envirolution aims to raise awareness of environmental issues, providing solutions through direct interaction with members of local communities, through non-judgemental, holistic events and workshops open to people from all walks of life. We hope to help create a positive impact and a more sustainable future by developing partnerships with community organisations making a real difference and giving them a platform to engage more people." More here and on Facebook

Greater Manchester Open Eco-homes 18/19 October

Carbon Co-op is running another Greater Manchester Open Eco-homes weekend; an opportunity to meet the retrofit pioneers transforming their homes with energy saving measures and green technologies. Pre-booking is essential! A list of homes and booking links can be found below. The bus tour leaves Hulme Community Garden Centre at 2pm 18 October. More here

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

The exhibition celebrates the Tour de France which raced through Rochdale Borough in 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

Hear about WW1's Conscientious Objectors 7pm 18/19 Nov Rochdale Pioneers Museum

England, Arise! - a performance telling the story of the Huddersfield Conscientious Objectors of the First World War and the women who supported them. More details here

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? Go here.

2. Resources

Energy Scheme Mentoring Available

MORE Renewables, the community renewable energy co-operative for the Morecambe Bay area, has been appointed as a mentor on the Energy Mentoring scheme run by Co-operatives UK. This means they can offer support to newer community energy groups in the region. Anyone wanting help with community-owned renewable energy should apply at

High Sheriff and Merseyside Police Charitable Fund: Apply by 24 October

Grants of £500-£2,500 are available to constituted local voluntary and community groups for projects that support community safety, crime prevention and security measures in the Merseyside area. Areas of support include: anti-drugs education; positive learning; safer travel; and protecting the vulnerable. Phone Community Philanthropy Team 0151 232 2444 or email here

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

ESF Community Learning Grants Deadline: 27 October

Grants of £1000-£13,500 pa available to North West not-for-profit voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations for projects that help 'hard to reach' people aged 19 years and older return to work. £1,500 worth of ‘capacity building’ funds also available to improve delivery to ESF priority groups. Phone ESF Grants Team, WEA 0161 277 5403 or email here

CNW Member Reduces .coop Domain Prices

During the CNW "Co-operation Now!" event, heard concern at the price of .coop domains. We listened. Having negotiated with our suppliers, we're delighted to announce significant reduction in the price from £75 to £64 per year. You can transfer existing domains and benefit. We can make you a web site, too. Visit or email

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

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.

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

To Book Rooms or Functions (from December 2014) contact Amanda

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. Secretary's Report

Board Meetings Open by Invite to Members

The Board Meeting on 17 September decided to invite co-operators with something to say to about co-operation in our region to attend future Board Meetings and listen, speak and answer questions.

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

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

5...and finally

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