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Apr 16, 2020

Hear How our Member Groups are Staying in Touch during Covid19 - Co-operation in Action!

Desne, our Keep Fit Tutor, and Jayne who attends her classes, have been busy keeping members who attend the classes occupied and this is what they had to say: Attached are some screenshots of our conversations in the Whatsapp group. There are 20 of us in it, some others haven't got access to Wha...

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Apr 13, 2020

Central England Co-operative Delivers in Staffordshire

I am writing this post on a nice sunny Monday morning during what would have been a fun filled Bank Holiday weekend with the family, but as we all know times currently are not what we expected. But through adversity comes determination to succeed, and colleagues and I certainly achieved that last...

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Apr 09, 2020

Community spirit shines through during uncertain times

During these uncertain times it has been heartening to see instances of how local people and our colleagues have come together to support their communities. It has lifted the spirits to see our co-operative values of social responsibility and caring for others being lived and breathed by both co...

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Apr 07, 2020

Member groups update in Southern region

With the ongoing lockdown in place during the Coronavirus pandemic our Member activities and groups are currently postponed. We know how important these groups are to our Members and the social bonds and friendships that have been created. Here is an update from Southern MCC Chair Hilary Allen ...

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Apr 05, 2020

CEC launches new community initiative and members use online to connect

I am writing this on Sunday 5 April at the end of my second week back supporting our front line colleagues in store. This week has seen Central England Co-operative (CEC) team up with two local councils to help the vulnerable in our community, and our Member Line Dance Group use technology to hel...

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Apr 02, 2020

Leicester store volunteer says it has been a ‘privilege’ to support her local community

A Leicester community hero has showcased the best in co-operative values by volunteering to support her local Central England Co-op store to provide food and essentials to her community. Hilary Allen is a part of the Society’s Southern Membership and Community Council (MCC) and has been lending ...

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Apr 02, 2020

Derby volunteer reveals what it is like to work in store during this uncertain time

A Derby co-operator has given an insight into what it like working in a Central England Co-op store after deciding to volunteer to ensure communities continue to have access to food and essentials. Joanna West is a part of the Society’s Northern Membership and Community Council and has been lend...

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Apr 01, 2020

Virtual meetings to stay in touch

The Northern Membership & Community Council held its first virtual meeting via zoom.  It went really well and everyone enjoyed seeing each other.  We were able to conduct the meeting which was great.  Some of the Membership & Community Council members are also working in stores, which is fantasti...

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Apr 01, 2020

From Membership to Store

I just wanted to share my re-deployment story with you. Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus, I have started to assist at a food store near to where I live, which is Horsley Woodhouse in Derbyshire. My first day was before the new restrictions came in about social distancing and I had just set u...

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Apr 01, 2020

Time for remembering. Carol writes about the Shepley Writing Group

Carol Warham, MCC member and the Shepley Creative Writing group writes: Central England Co-operative has supported Shepley Creative Writing group for about four or five years and we are very grateful to them. The group had actually started a few years before that. We held meetings in homes and ...

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Mar 26, 2020

Eastern Membership team help food stores to support communities

While normal life is on hold as we face these testing and uncertain times, our Eastern Membership team has been busy lending a hand to our food stores to ensure their communities are served. Membership and Community Relations Officer Kym Hunt has gone back to the shopfloor at our Carlton Colvill...

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Mar 26, 2020

Back to the Front Line

Well, hasn't a lot changed since my last blog post from Fairtrade Fortnight... I write this blog in the Colleague Rest Room at one of our convenience stores where I am currently supporting our wonderful colleagues, who are delivering such wonderful service to our communities in this strange and u...

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