NEWS: From The Co-Operative College

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    Suffrage in the City

    We’re sure you’ll have seen one of our many social media posts, leaflets or banners that we’ve put out, but if not, then clear your diary for Suffrage in the City, a unique event right here in Manchester City Centre.

    We’ve partnered with the Co-operative Heritage Trust to put together a free event on 15 September that celebrates co-operatives and their contribution to equality. Taking place in Sadler’s Yard, it will feature a free performance from the award winning Mikron Theatre Company and a chance to explore the National Co-operative Archive.

    We’ll also be there showcasing the impact that our education programmes have had across the world, with videos that highlight the difference our work has made to communities here in the UK and internationally.

    You can see more information about the event, including further details about the performance, via the link below.

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    More courses added to our Autumn programme

    Take a look at the two new courses that we’ve added to our upcoming schedule.

    First up on 11 October is Build a Successful team, where participants will learn just what it takes to build an effective group and the pitfalls that you need to avoid. You’ll also leave with top tips that you can put into practice to ensure everyone meets their goals.

    Next up on 24 October we’ll be running our Working with Conflict in Co-ops course. Here you’ll learn how to effectively manage and diffuse conflict, as well as techniques for successfully communicating any issues to prevent situations escalating out of control.

    Don’t forget, it’s easy to view all our upcoming courses at a glance – simply click the button below.

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    Youth Co-operative Action project moves to the next stage

    As you may have seen, this project has gone from strength to strength over the last few weeks, with participants visiting a whole host of different community based organisations to pick up some top tips and get some inspiration for their very own community projects. Cat, our Project Officer, has written a great blog all about their visit to Incredible Edible in Todmorden.

    Whilst there, they saw first hand how the town has been transformed, with vegetables growing in the most unlikely of places, including by the roadside! Read about what else they got up to via the link below.

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    Making a difference in Zambia

    Last month our Project Officer Portia Chirwa visited Zambia to deliver one of our first train the trainer sessions. Our work there is focused on empowering marginalised groups, such as young women, to set up their own co-operatives using the training we provide.

    A crucial part of the project is training groups of people, so that they can then pass on this knowledge to others. That way, we hope to build up a network across the country, strengthening the co-operative movement and building vibrant communities.

    You can read more about how the participants got on via the link below.

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