We’ve updated our system behind the scenes which means if you’re an existing Member (before 28th February 2023), you’ll need to reactivate your account online.

We’re excited to launch Co-op Generation – a new way for under 16s to access Member prices in our stores and take that first step into Membership. It’s an idea born from your feedback and it’s part of our ongoing commitment to support young people in our communities.

About Co-op Generation

Co-op Generation is a 4 week pilot, which means you’ve only got until 31st May to apply for a Co-op Generation card. It’s linked to your account as their parent or guardian, and means you’ll earn points on your Central Co-op Membership account for their spend, as well as them being able to access our Member prices in store. Everyone’s a winner!

When they turn 16 the card will expire because that’s when they can join us themselves as a Member.

The Co-op Generation card can be used in Central Co-op stores only. Click here to find your nearest store.

Co-op Generation cards won’t work on our Membership App – you have to be a Member for that. If you lose your Co-op Generation card, please call our Customer Services team on 0800 050 1601.

Early Careers

We know how tough it can be to get into a rewarding career, so we also offer work experience and a wide range of apprenticeship schemes. You can find out more about how we’re helping young people thrive with us here.

Want to know more about us?

Read the Membership blog to find out more about what is happening in your local area or visit our morethana.coop website

How to apply:

You need to apply on their behalf. To do this, please log into ​your Central Co-op Membership account and complete the Co-op Generation ​online form. It’s really quick to complete and the card should arrive in the post within 2-3 weeks. We’ll also send you an email which will have the account barcode. Whilst you can’t download this barcode, you can show the email in store and scan the barcode whilst you’re waiting for your card to arrive.

Just to let you know, Co-op Generation is not a Central Co-op Membership. You must be aged 16 to join the Society as a Member. As we can’t communicate directly with your under 16, we ask that you help us share important updates and activities that they might like to get involved in.


My 15-year-old is almost 16, can they still join Co-op Generation?


Yes, they can, but if your 15-year-old is soon to be turning 16, we’d suggest waiting until they turn 16 and applying for a Central Co-op Membership. This means they’ll be able to enjoy all of the benefits of being a Member.

Can I apply for more than one child to have a Co-op Generation card? 


Yes, you can! You can apply for up to three under 16s. You’ll need to complete an application form for each child.

Can I use my Co-op Generation card in any Co-op store?


No, Co-op Generation cards are only valid in Central Co-op stores. Exclusively, only Central Co-op Members can apply for a Co-op Generation card for an under 16.

Will the Co-op Generation card be digital so it can be added to a smart phone digital wallet? 


Not right now. We’ll send a Co-op Generation card out to you in the post, this will arrive 2-3 weeks after you’ve submitted your application. We’ll also send you an email which will have the account barcode – whilst you can’t download this barcode, you can show the email in store and scan the barcode whilst you’re waiting for your card to arrive.

Please allow up to 24 hours for the email to arrive in your inbox.

What happens if I lose my card?


​If you lose the card, please give us a call on 0800 050 1601 to request a replacement.

Does it matter if my child doesn't live at the same address as me? 


We’ll send the card to the address you add to the online application form.

If I applied for a Co-op Generation card during the trial in May, will the card remain valid after the end of the trial?


Yes, any Co-op Generation card issued will remain valid until the cardholder turns 16.


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