Shape our community

The national members council of the Co-op is holding a series of events aiming to hear from members - "We want to hear what you think about the things we should campaign on, what you’d do to improve your community and give us your ideas about what we could do to help."

The Manchester event takes place Saturday 28/10/2017, 11am - 1pm Federation House, Federation Street, Manchester M4 2AH

Map Here

Full details and register here


Thanks for helping choose the next three local causes in Chorlton

Thanks to everyone who voted in the poll on which three charities should receive 1% of members' spend on Co-op products in Chorlton.

We've fed the result into the Co-op engine for them to check details. We'll let you know as soon as we know the outcome.


Chorlton au vin

Thanks to everyone who came to the Chorlton au vin event on 20th and to our speakers Andrew Simpson and Lawrence Beadle. We hade a great turn out and an excellent discussion on the history of Chorlton and its links with the cooperative movement - all over an excellent glass of Fairtrade wine.


Hardy Lane Co-op Rooms now available again for community use

The Co-op has completed work to satisfy itself that the 'Co-op Hall' above Hardly Lane store is safe for public use, and is now offering community groups the chance to use the room again. However, there are now new procedures in place and groups need to complete and return a form before they will be allowed to use the rooms. Email us cwh@springboard.coop if you'd like a booking form.

The rooms were closed in April for safety reasons and the Co-op originally indicated that they hoped they would be able to re-open by early June 2017. The Co-op is still trying to ensure it has the right permissions from Manchester City Council to continue using the rooms for meetings, however the rooms will be made available while this process continues. It should after all be straightforward given that the rooms have served this pupose for over 80 years..

The rooms are an unusual legacy from a time when many Co-ops had meeting rooms over the stores used by local co-operative societies and others. Very few examples remain in the UK. The Hardy Lane rooms are used by many different groups. They are a base for the Woodcraft Folk, a part of the co-operative movement.


Co-operative Springboard

Co-operative Springboard was set up by the Manchester Area Committee of the Co-operative Group in 2014 to promote debate on reform in the Co-operative Group. Following the restructuring of the Group with a single National Members' Council, the focus of Springboard is on how ordinary members and staff can organise to have real influence under the new system.

This site is not published by The Co-operative Group. Members of the (former) Manchester Area Committee set it up and paid for it from their own pockets.