Co-operatives Fortnight 2018

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The co‑operative difference

Co‑ops make a difference to people’s lives right around the world. Every year hundreds of co‑ops and organisations across the UK work together to promote co‑ops during Co‑operatives Fortnight.

Here at the East of England Co-op we truly believe that small things can make a big difference. To find out from our members, customers, colleagues and suppliers how little things are making a big impact please click here

We have lots planned during Co-operatives Fortnight, find out what's happening below.

Co-operatives UK

Co-operatives UK

The East of England Co-op is being used as a case study in the 2018 Co-operatives Economy Report which will be published on the 26th June. If you would like to download the report please click here to go to the Co-operatives UK website alternatively to find out more about Co-operatives Fortnight please click here to see more resources, videos and information.

Co-operatives Networking

Co-operatives Networking

The East of England Co-op are hosting an informal networking event with Co-operatives East to allow like minded co-operators to talk and to see what is going on in our region. 

A Silent Transformation Film Screening, 2nd July

A Silent Transformation Film Screening, 2nd July

Please join us at our Education Centre Fore Street in Ipswich to watch a powerful new documentary film which showcases how co-ops change lives and communities. The film focuses on an inspiring group of co-ops in the Province of Ontario, Canada.

The film will be shown at 6pm until 7pm with refreshments available. There are limited spaces available so please book your place.

Please could you RSVP to if you would like to attend. 

Get fit and do good with GoodGym

In the first week of July, we're teaming up with GoodGym to host a series of special runs as part of Co-operative Fortnight 2018.

GoodGym is a community of runners who get fit by doing good. Each week, members run to support people in their local area, completing physical tasks for community organisations or helping isolated older people with tasks around the home.

From sorting clothes donations to preparing stacks of sandwiches for the homeless, or helping clear overgrown planters in a volunteer-led community garden to create extra space for food growing. Roll up your sleeves and get stuck into a task that will make a difference to people who live in your area.

GoodGym are inviting East of England Co-op members to join them on a free run to do good in Norwich, Ipswich and Colchester.

Whether you run regularly or you haven't run before, everyone is welcome to join a GoodGym run. If you can jog for 15 minutes without stopping then you're fit enough to join them on a group run - no one ever gets left behind.

Find out more about GoodGym and how to sign-up to a Co-operative fortnight run near you below.


Run to clean the GoGoHares for Break charity
Monday, 2nd of July 2018, 6:15pm

Every year Break - a charity which runs homes to support young children - host the GoGoHares sculpture trail across Norfolk. We’ll be running around the city to give the sculptures a polish.


Run to clear out the People’s Community Garden
Monday, 2nd of July 2018, 6:30pm

The People’s Community Garden is an allotment where people of all ages get together to grow food and plants. We’ll be digging and weeding the borders to create more space for the community to grow fresh food.


Run to decorate Beacon House
Wednesday, 4th of July 2018, 6:45pm

Beacon House is a halfway home for the homeless - they have just moved to a new location in Colchester. We’ll be giving them a hand to paint and decorate the new building to make it a nice, comfortable environment for people to live in.