We have today marked the annual Co-op Fortnight by shining a light on what we have been doing to support communities and some of the great acts of co-operation carried out by colleagues throughout the Coronavirus pandemic.
Co-op Fortnight took place between Monday, June 22 and Sunday, July 5 and the slogan for this year’s campaign was ‘Let’s Build Something Better Together’.
The annual event is organised by Co-operatives UK and this year the Fortnight aimed to harness the new culture of co-operation and change in everyday behaviour brought about by the Coronavirus pandemic to raise awareness of co-ops and the values that run through our diverse sector.
Throughout the two weeks we shared some of the great stories of how our colleagues have gone above and beyond to co-operate in their communities during these uncertain times.
This included everything from stores delivering shopping to regular customers who have had to self-isolate to retired colleagues returning to support teams on the frontline, as well as Members volunteering to do their bit and help in its stores.
We also showcased what we as a co-operative society have been doing to support our communities.
This included how we have supported the most vulnerable in our communities through an emergency food bank appeal, donations to food redistribution charity FareShare and the setting up of community food hubs working collaboratively with local councils and organisations.
We also spoke about how we have shown our appreciation to fellow key workers, from thanking the NHS by introducing a 10% discount for staff in our stores, while not forgetting the contribution of the many care workers on the frontline of this pandemic, by delivering 1,000 ‘thank you’ packages to care home staff across the country.
At the start of the second week of Co-op Fortnight we joined with our fellow co-operative retail societies by signing a joint statement of solidarity recognising that the global societal and environmental challenges we face, can’t be tackled alone. The statement can be viewed here https://www.uk.coop/newsroom/statement-solidarity-leading-retail-societies
Meanwhile, our colleagues were urged to share their stories of co-operation during COVID-19 on social media throughout the two weeks, as well as the special Co-op Fortnight displays in store.
Thank you to everyone for supporting Co-op Fortnight. You can see some images from the Fortnight below: