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Co-op Membership One Christmas Concert

Join The Co-op Membership for a FREE seasonal celebration of multicultural music from around the globe.

Here for you for life membership

One World Christmas Concert

Saturday 7 December, 7pm

Wakefield Cathedral

Sura Susso – beautiful kora and djembe music from West Africa

Pendant World – rich music with Indian, Irish and English fl avour

Mass choir of 200 voices singing music from Zimbabwe and around the world

Other magical musical surprises!

Mince pies and refreshments

For further information contact Ali Bullivent on 01924 434484 or

Join us for a FREE seasonal celebration of multicultural music from around the globe.

Ethical Property in Sheffield

Ethical Property provide affordable, flexible and fully managed office space to charities, social enterprises, voluntary groups and organisations working in creative fields and the arts.

Our centre on Leadmill Road in Sheffield (located very close to Sheffield train station) provides office space managed in a transparent and supportive way with the focus upon the sharing of resources and the creation of a communal working environment.

We currently have a variety of spaces available, to suit all budgets, in Sheffield and beyond. If you are interested and feel you and your organisation could benefit from the facilities we provide, please call 01225 750 925, email visit or follow us on twitter @ethicalspace.

Lupine Adventure Co-op Winter Programme

Lupine have updated their winter walking / winter skills pages for the coming months.

Whether you just want to experience walking up a snow and ice covered hill in the Yorkshire Dales, are after a 1-5 day skills course or want to do a multi day expedition staying in bothies in the Highlands of Scotland take a look at Lupine's pages to find out more.

To book for skills instruction or guiding costs £140 per day plus £20 per participant and we are available in Snowdonia, The Lake District, The Yorkshire Dales, The Glen Coe area and the Cairngorm area.

Supporters Direct Rugby League Development Day

Saturday, 18th January, 2014

Hull Kingston Rovers RLFC,Craven Park Stadium,

Preston Road,Hull, East Yorkshire.  HU9 5HE

Martyn Cheney, Chair of Bramley Buffaloes and the SD RL Council and SD Board member

Sarah Williams, Equality & Diversity Manager, the RFL, including a short film on “Tackle It” encouraging fans to report abuse with perhaps an exhibition stand display on the subject in our “exhibition area”,

Full details here

Milnsbridge Co-operative Society takeover Red and Green Club

The Red and Green Club is an exciting new project being developed by the Milnsbridge Co-operative Society (MSC). They are renting the Milnsbridge Socialist Club at 42 Bankwell Road, Milnsbridge HD3 4LU on a short-term basis, with the intention of buying the building IF they can raise funds to do it. Over the next few months they are running a range of events.

Please sign up to ther facebook page ‘Red and Green Club, Milnsbridge’ for regular updates.

If you want to donate, or join (£10 per year  full rate, £5 unwaged), please make cheques payable to:

Milnsbridge Co-operative Society and send to: Charlie Fairbank (Treasurer)

107 Radcliffe Road, Golcar, Huddersfield HD7 4EZ

Radical Routes weekend of free workshops for workers co-ops

Working without Bosses and Living without Landlords

New to co-ops but want to find out more?
Already in a co-op and up for sharing your experiences and gaining new skills?
Then this event is for you!

A weekend of free workshops about workers' and housing co-ops

Fri 15th -– Sun 17th Nov, in venues around Forest Fields, Nottingham
Open to people from Nottingham and further afield.

What's it about?
Workers’ co-ops are a way of taking control of our work places – no bosses, no shareholders, just a group of people working together to make a decent wage in a satisfying way. Housing co-ops are a way of providing yourselves with decent housing, without being messed around by a landlord.

With this weekend we want to promote co-ops as an alternative way of working and living. It's a chance for people new to co-ops to find out more and for people already in co-ops to meet and share experiences and skills. Organised by Radical Routes, a network of co-ops and Seeds for Change, a workers’ co-op providing training and resources for co-ops.

A varied programme of free workshops run by people in co-ops. You’re welcome to come to just one or two of these workshops or to all of them. Refreshments and lunch for a small donation.

More details:


Basic financial literacy for people in co-ops (1/2 day)

How to set up a workers’ co-operative.

What is a co-op? Co-operative working and living – is it for you?

How not to set up a co-op: an opportunity to learn from others’ mistakes and avoid common pitfalls.

How to manage without a manager. What is collective management? How do you make it work in a workers’ co-op? From dealing with day to day and long-term decisions, recruitment, staff issues to conflict resolution and legal obligations as an employer.

Publicising your workers' co-op: the practicalities and politicsof advertising.

Consensus decision-making.

Facilitating effective meetings.

Co-ops and compromise: sticking to your principles whilst staying afloat.

Stalls and one-to-one surgeries
On Sun 17th Nov on top of lots of workshops we've got a whole day of stalls from co-ops as well as one-to-one surgeries to get advice for your particular co-op (including: sources of finance, collective management, business planning and legal stuff). Plus time for meeting and networking with people in co-ops.

Please tell us if you are coming and to which workshops as spaces are limited.

RSVP to or call 01524 840028. Once you've told us you are coming we will send you detailed travel directions to the venues.

Co-operative Enterprise Hub

The Co-operative Enterprise Hub is looking to inspire the next generation of co-operative pioneers and arm them with the necessary skills and knowledge to grow their co-operative and, in turn, the UK co-operative economy.

The Hub has been set up by The Co-operative as a one-stop shop for free advice, training and access to finance for new and existing co-operatives. Services are delivered, free of charge, throughout the UK by experienced co-operative development advisers.

Typically, the hub offer support to co-operatives that are:

Preparing to start trading
In their first year of trading
Experiencing rapid growth
Planning to move premises
Developing a new product, service or market
Wanting to change their management structure

To apply go to the Hub Website

Yorkshire Co-operative Resource Centre

Co-operatives Yorkshire & Humber have initiated the setting up of a co-operative resource, learning and information centre at:

Aizlewood's Mill, Nursery Street, Sheffield, S3 8GG

contact Steve Thompson

mob: 0758 1669 640

Co-operators have had no accessible centre for co-operative information and resources in Yorkshire, but things are about to change.

The success of the Co-operative Movement is largely due to the emphasis in education and information right from the start. The reading room and library in the Rochdale Pioneers store in Toad Lane set the mould for access to co-operative education.The Society used to organise lectures and classes there, and it was a permanent resource for learning. Education was placed as a core principle for a very good reason. Without informed members, there would be a failed Movement. Reading and education rooms were a common feature of all co-operative stores throughout the years of the Movement's growth.

Things changed in time. Co-operative education became more centralised and formal and distant.

The Sheffield Co-operative Development Group have provided a room at Aizlewood's Mill for the resource centre. A fascinating collection of resource materials which will form a starting point are already available. This centre will be a learning and information hub open to anyone who wants to develop their understanding of the Co-operative Movement or to gather specific information.

Full details here

Co-operative News

The fortnightly Co-operative News is the only publication that provides full coverage of the Co-operative Movement in the UK. Order your free sample copy today.

Tel: 0161 214 0870

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Sheffield Co-operatives

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Co-operatives Yorkshire and the Humber Enhanced Benefits Package

Join our enhanced scheme for a number of new benefits including a free place at Futures North 2011. The package is being delivered jointly with Social Enterprise Yorkshire and the Humber and includes benefits such as membership of a business club for social enterprises and co-operatives and inclusion on a marketplace e-directory.

The package starts at just £25 for small co-operatives and full details can be downloaded here.

The Phone Co-op Affinity Scheme

CYH have an affinity scheme with The Phone Co-op. Any individual or organisation can join so If you're considering joining the The Phone Co-op there are several benefits you can receive by quoting our affinity number AF0461- details are available here.

If you are not a member but wish to be membership of Co-operatives Yorkshire and the Humber is free and open to all organisations who support co-operative values and principles. A membership form can be obtained by downloading a form from here