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Jul 28, 2021

Refill station trial extended to include range of non-food products

We are expanding a trial that allows our customers to fill their own containers with food to now include body care and home cleaning products. We are extending our partnership with Suma Wholefoods to widen the offering available at its zero waste refill station, which can be found at our £3 mill...

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Jul 27, 2021

Birthday Boxes a treat for children in Derby

Earlier this year a member of our Northern Membership & Community Council spotted a call for help to make birthdays better for disadvantaged children. Joanna West saw a request online from Claire Twells who works at Smith Partnership Solicitors, and also has involvement with Revive Healthy Living...

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Jul 27, 2021

Co-op Friendship Group

Today, I visited our Co-op Friendship Group who meet on Tuesday mornings from 10am-12.00noon at the Woodgate Resources Centre, 36 Woodgate in Leicester.  The group are always open to new members joining them, even if you just want to come along for some company and a cup of tea.  They also enjoy ...

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Jul 27, 2021

Nottinghamshire food store’s fresh new look after £105k makeover

Central England Co-op in Giltbrook receives a transformation.;

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Jul 26, 2021

Upcycling vinyl records in an art come back.

Working with Spiral Arts and the YMCA in Derby to promote health and wellbeing through art.  As part of a wider project with the Will Garvey Trust Foundation, a suicide prevention charity, the work is to engage with students to talk to them through art and share their experiences of positive acti...

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Jul 26, 2021

Share your positive lockdown experience in a Creative Arts Project

Working with a Suicide Prevention Charity, Will Garvey Trust Foundation, Spiral Arts and the YMCA to offer a Creative Arts Project across Derbyshire to promote positive actions or feelings during the Coronavirus Lockdown. The Project runs until Friday, 27th August, 2021 with a showcase of work i...

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Jul 26, 2021

Providing healthy snacks with mobile library services in Barnsley

Working in partnership with Barnsley Library services and mobile services to deliver books and healthy snacks to the homes near our Co-op Store on Keresforth Road.  The Uplift artists were also doing textile printing and the locals to create a washing line of art. We have developed a partnership...

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Jul 26, 2021

Outdoor learning is key

The Yorkshire Member & Community Council member Shirley Bly and Member & Community Relations Officer visited Eden's Forest where Adam showed us the benefits of outdoor learning. Eden's Forest is a Community Interest Company that offers practical and guided sessions and enables young people, adul...

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Jul 26, 2021

We roll out app that allows shoppers eco-friendly home deliveries in less than an hour to over 100 stores

Over 100 stores are now offering eco-friendly home deliveries in under one hour. Our ongoing link with Snappy Shopper allows customers to order their co-op shop via a dedicated app and have it delivered to their door within the hour. Shoppers choose items using the app which are then picked and...

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Jul 26, 2021

The importance of a 'natter'

What a wonderful afternoon to enjoy coffee and cake with the Co-op members from the Chesterfield Painting Group.  Before they return in September after a long time away due to the pandemic, it was a great opportunity to get everyone together to share stories and meet up again.  The Group meet at ...

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Jul 26, 2021

Fun with wheels

The Northern Membership & Community Council has teamed up again with Inclusive Pedals to offer free bike maintenance.  These workshops are becoming very popular and set up at the Co-op in Inkersall, Chesterfield over 14 bikes were repaired and 3 donated. Speaking to the owners of the bikes from ...

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Jul 23, 2021

Bike event takes place at our Groby Store

Thursday saw temperatures reach 31 degrees, but that didn't deter the public from coming along and taking advantage of FREE bicycle maintenance checks at our Groby Store in Leicester.  We thought we would show you a photograph of Chris and John from Northside Bikes who have done a wonderful job i...

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