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Feb 21, 2020

Supporting Loneliness & Isolation, Health & Wellbeing

Our Southern MCC support a number of groups who meet in our local communities and this week I caught up with our Women of Wisdom Co-operative, who meet in Braunstone, our Thorncroft Friendship Co-operative who meet in the centre of Leicester,  and our Pop In Cafe, who meet in Thurnby Lodge.  I am...

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Feb 18, 2020

A Fairtrade Poem

One of our members from the Creative Writing Group wanted to share this Fairtrade poem with you all.  Happy Valentines Amazing Grace Buy Grace’s Fairtrade roses for your love this Valentine’s Day, Flamingo Horticulture gives her village work and pay. A creche at the local school and a library...

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Feb 17, 2020

Refugees and asylum seekers in Birmingham given a bike boost thanks to Co-op charity link-up

An Erdington supermarket has joined forces with a charity which fixes up second-hand bikes and donates them to refugees and asylum seekers to provide a vital mode of transport they otherwise could not afford. The Central England Co-op Supermarket in High Street hosted a drop off point for the Bi...

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Feb 17, 2020

Fairtrade Quiz Night in Birmingham on Sunday 8 March

Its hard to believe that its 25 years since the Co-op, working with the Fairtrade Foundation and CaféDirect, launched the first supermarket Fairtrade product.  In the intervening years co-operators have continued this pioneering work - both through producer co-ops in the developing world and cons...

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Feb 07, 2020

Ever wanted to know what the Membership & Council does and want to be involved? Join us.

The Northern Membership & Community Council set the plans for events and activities across the regions of: Derby, Derbyshire, Notts and Yorkshire. We meet once a month at Lumb Farm in Marehay, Ripley, Derbyshire 6-8 pm. Our themes are: Education, Health & Wellbeing, Member Participation, Envir...

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Feb 07, 2020

Showcasing Shelton Lock

The work of the children from the Shelton Lock Junior School following their fairtrade assembly and workshops are now showcased in the Shelton Lock Store. Laura from the store is delighted that the children's design a chocolate bar has produced such wonderful designs and detail of the benefits of...

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Feb 07, 2020

Ratae Co-operative Pantomime - There Was an Old Lady Who Lived in a Shoe

This year, our Ratae Co-operative Players put on a first class pantomime based on this very popular nursery rhyme.  Our Players are so talented and it is wonderful to see them working with young people and children too, which really makes for a great family show.  Young or old - there was plenty ...

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Feb 07, 2020

Walk and Picnic - 27th May - Come and join us with the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

This year's Walk and Picnic will be held on Wednesday, 27th May, 2020, (11am - 2pm) and at a different location but just up the road from the Avenues.  We will be joining the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust again to mark the occasion of this new reclaimed land at The Avenue, Country Park Nature Reserve...

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Feb 07, 2020

How playing the chocolate trade game gives students a greater understanding of how fairtrade works

Students from Derby Grammar enjoyed playing the Chocolate Trade Game and being the different players in the supply chain.  From fairtrade growers, independent cocoa farmers to manufacturers, supermarkets and shoppers.  The students gained a greater understanding of the pressures all roles have in...

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Feb 07, 2020

Health checks in Mackworth

The Membership and Community Council members, Joanna and Phil, assisted in providing healthy alternatives to customer and members at the Price Charles Avenue store in Mackworth.  Also, in partnership with Simply Nutrition based in the area who provided health MOT testing.;

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Feb 06, 2020

Dementia Friends at Ripley Academy

Students at Ripley Academy undertook the workshop to become Dementia Friends.  It was a great opportunity for us to talk to the students about Dementia and how we can support people living with dementia.;

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Feb 06, 2020

Scrap that Plastic workshops

Working with fairandfunky in Yorkshire we are supporting workshops in school to educate children about the environment and reducing our plastic.  The children make wonderful things from old plastic and learn how to make small changes in their lives to make a difference.  Young people are very min...

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