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A look at what's coming up online

Our face to face activities might be paused for the time being, but there's still lots happening online.

We've rounded up a combination of our events, webinars and workshops to come over the next few weeks - don't miss out, join us!


At their next meeting on Monday 21 September 2020 at 10.00am, Co-operatives East Midlands will be joined by Mark Simmonds from Co-op Culture & Chair of Co-operative Development Forum.  Mark will talk about their work and activity with an opportunity for discussion.  Further Zoom details from Jenny at


Co-ops and crisis! A brand new workshop

Join us for a brand new online workshop exploring how co-operatives have emerged and changed in response to periods of crisis.

It sees our Principal and CEO Dr Cilla Ross join forces with Liz McIvor, Manager at the Co-operative Heritage Trust, to co-deliver the session.

You'll engage with a variety of sources and artefacts from the Co-operative Archive, examining how they reflect the huge changes that the co-operative movement has gone through since 1840.

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Don't miss our AGM

Thanks to everyone who's booked a place on our AGM so far. The online only event is open to all and we'd love to see as many of our supporters there as possible.

Taking place on Friday 19 June and running from 4pm - 5pm, we're asking you to help us with anticipated numbers by registering for a free ticket.

Full details, including information on how you can submit questions, is available below.

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Workplace democracy as a solution to the crisis - union co-op manifesto to be launched at online event

As the future world of work looks set to change beyond all recognition thanks to automation and Covid-19, we're joining a range of other partners to highlight the release of a brand new manifesto.

Taking place on Thursday 2nd July from 4pm - 5:30pm, this interactive webinar will see a wide range of speakers share their thoughts and insights on the union co-op model, as well as some of the challenges that they’ve seen it successfully address.

There’ll be the opportunity for participants to discuss and debate the manifesto, with break out rooms providing the perfect space in which to network with peers from across the sector.

More information, including details of how to book your free place, is available on our website.

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Resetting youth and community education

There's still time to join us on the 17 June from 2pm - 3:30pm for a unique webinar encouraging attendees to revisit youth and community education through the lens of ‘thinking co-operatively.’

Together we'll explore what's required to reset youth and community education as a practice grounded in co-operative values and principles.

Don't miss out - details of how to grab one of the final few remaining tickets are available below.

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Extra youth sessions added to our programme

Open to young people aged 12-20, the sessions take place every Tuesday from 1:30pm - 2:30pm via zoom and can be accessed using a smartphone, tablet or laptop.

We've now added further details to the programme, including Lights, Camera, Activismwhich will see award winning filmmaker Matt Kay host a session on how film influences and affects us.

View the rest of the upcoming topics over on our website, as well as details of how to make a booking.

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See what participants had to say about our training

And finally...

Don't forget that we're still here for all your learning and training needs. We're running online workshops with a number of organisations right now and can create bespoke programmes to tackle the challenges you're facing.

Take a look at the video above to see what a recent group of learners had to say about our training and get in touch via the button below to see how we can help.

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Co-operatives East Midlands is holding its Annual General Meeting on Monday 22 June 2020 at 10.00am by virtual Zoom.



Co-operatives East Midlands is holding its Annual General Meeting on Monday 22 June 2020 at 10.00am by virtual Zoom.  The intended training event to coincide with this has been postponed.

For further details, contact, Jenny, Secretary on 07773705552.




Monday 1 July 2019 at 10 am.

Leicester South Salvation Army, Ladysmith Road, off Saffron Road, South Wigston, Leicester LE18 4UZ  (0116 277 4114)

Co-operatives Fortnight takes place between 24 June and 7 July and this event is a celebration of what co-operative education has achieved.  The Co-operative College began in 1919 and is celebrating its centenary this year.  It has supported members, employees of co-operatives to develop their knowledge and skills and also has worked to be inclusive in providing education to adult learners from diverse backgrounds.   This event will explore how we move forward and progress this unique way of learning.  Each speaker will have 15 minutes to talk and then conclude with an open forum for general discussion.  

We will also be launching our “Co-operative Poem” following on from the campaign to write a collective poem for Co-operatives Fortnight.


10.00 am Coffee and Registration

10.30 am Welcome by Jane Powell, Chair of Co-operatives East Midlands


10.35am Co-operative College – Simon Parkinson, CEO

11.50 am Vaughan College – Malcolm Noble, Tutor

11.05 am  Deborah Bacon BA, MSc, Chief Operations Officer, Central Co-operative Learning Trust

11.20 am WEA – Nusrat Hathiari, Area Education Manager – Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland

11.35 am Central England Co-operative Society – Tanya Noon

11.50 am  Open Forum & Discussion:  Prospects & Challenges

12.45 pm Networking Lunch & Close 1.30 pm


To book your place (numbers are limited) please email as detail below:


Organisation & Contact Email & Telephone plus any dietary or mobility requirements:


To: Jenny, CEM Secretary at  T: 07773705552


Co-operatives East Midlands is holding its AGM on Wednesday 10th April 2019

To be held at the Central England Co-operative Society Ambient Distribution Centre, Scudamore Road, Leicester LE3 1UJ at 10.00 am.

All welcome. If attending, please advise Jenny on

LINCOLN / 19th March 2019 : FREE 1/2 day workshop

LINCOLN / 19th March: FREE 1/2 day workshop for any individual or group considering a co-op for their business or organisation, how to start one and the support available:

Co-operative Groups Summit Meeting | September 2018

A joint meeting of Co-op groups working in the West Midlands, East Midlands and East of England was held on 5 September 2018 attended by stakeholders including the Co-operative College, Co-operatives UK, Co-op Party, Co-op Foundation, retail co-ops across the region including Lincolnshire Co-op, CASE business development and Clockwise Credit Union and members and employees of different co-ops regionally.  The event was hosted by Co-ops East Midlands at the Central England Co-op Society in Leicester.

If you would like to learn more about co-ops, how they play an important role economically and socially today for individuals and communities, contact us.  There is a wealth of information available.  Some of life issues being faced today, and campaigned for, are ethical money management, housing, youth employment, food poverty, modern slavery and loneliness.  Co-ops are pro-active in raising awareness of these issues and seeking co-op solutions.   Co-ops are based on a set of values and principles, set out by the International Co-op Alliance, and members democratically work together to ensure these are converted into practical working through their involvement. For details, contact Jenny at


Next CEM Meeting

 A joint Regional Co-op Council meeting will take place on Wednesday 5 September 2018 with Co-operatives East and Co-operatives West Midlands hosted by Co-operatives East Midlands at 10am at the Central England Co-operative Society Ambient Distribution Centre, Scuadamore Road, Leicester LE3 1UJ.  For details, contact Jenny at

THREE exciting ways to INSPIRE during Co‑operatives Fortnight, 23 June-7 July

Co-operatives East Midlands Events

Co-operatives East Midlands invites you to:

  • An Educational Day Out to the Rochdale Pioneers Museum at Toad Lane, Rochdale Wednesday 18 April 2018

Download the Visit Flyer  VisittoToadLaneApril2018flyer

Download the Booking Form for Lincoln  BookingFormRochdaleVisitLincoln

Download the Booking Form for Nottingham/Derby  BookingFormRochdaleVisitDerbyNottingham

Regional Co-operative Councils networking session

You are invited to the:

Regional Co-operative Councils networking session and presentation from Jim Cooke, Head of the Co-operative Foundation.

Organised by Co-operatives East, Co-operatives West Midlands and Co-operatives East Midlands. 2pm at Chesford Grange, Kenilworth, Warwickshire on Friday 9th March 2018.

Details from Jenny de Villiers -

For more details about the conference click here


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