Stores have been given a boost by some familiar faces, who have returned to their roots to help the community.
Our Membership Community Relations Officers (MCROs) have been swapping their day jobs to show the true meaning of co-operation by volunteering to help on the shop floors and support their communities.
The officers’ usual day job involves going out and about in their communities delivering educational workshops in schools, supporting projects and good causes in the community and organising Member groups and activities.
However, the current situation has seen them redeployed to help in store and for several of the team it has actually been a return to the shopfloor.
In the Northern region, MCRO and current Central England Co-op Board Director Tanya Noon has spent the last fortnight supporting her local store in Horsley Woodhouse in Derbyshire.
She said: “We are in very challenging times but the experience of working with our Retail Heroes in store has been excellent. It can be difficult to keep up appearances when such sad things are happening around us but the colleagues are a true inspiration and do not let anything deter them.”
Western MCRO James Knight has supported at several stores including North Wingfield in Derbyshire and Coppice Road in Arnold, Nottingham.
MCRO for the Eastern region Kym Hunt has been lending a hand to the team at Carlton Colville in Suffolk, while MCRO for the Southern region Karen Bevan has been supporting the Narborough store in Leicester.
Members from Central England Co-op’s Membership and Community Council (MCC) have also been putting themselves forward to support stores, including Northern Member Joanna West in Heatherton Village in Derby, Southern Member Hilary Allen in Groby, Leicestershire and Eastern Member Danny Douglas in Cromer, Norfolk.
Other colleagues who can be found on the shop floor, include those from our travel and floral stores, which have temporarily been closed during the crisis.
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