Co-operative Member Education, Training & Information

Everything you need to play a full part in our Co-op.

There's lots of ways to get involved and make a difference with our Co-op and the wider movement.

Co-ops can be found all around the world and to stay true to who we are and what we do, we share the same values and principles. One of these principles (principle 5) is Education, training and information, which aims to enable members to help develop the co-op they own and promote the benefits of co-operation.

Are you a new member or looking to find out more about what co-ops are all about? Check out our guide to co-ops, which was created by Co-op College, Co-operatives UK and Co-op Heritage Trust.

Take a look at our resources below to find out more about how you can play your part in something bigger...

An active and informed democracy

When you become a member of a co-op, you become a shared-owner of the business. We exist to meet the needs of our members, which means we want to hear from you and work with you to create a fairer world.

Looking for the latest updates? Have a read of our 2020 Annual Report.

The co-operative difference

There's power in co-operation, community and fairness and they've been at the heart of what we do for over 175 years.

Looking for the latest updates? Have a read of our Co-operate: It's What We Do - Our Sustainability Report 2021.

The co-operative movement

In 1844, the Rochdale Pioneers founded the modern co-operative movement in Lancashire. Since then, it's flourished around the world and we now have co-ops in all areas of the economy.

Doing your bit in day-to-day life

If we all make small changes individually, our efforts will have a huge impact collectively.

Subscribe to the Co-op Blog for the latest updates and have a read of some of our top tips below. Share what you learn with friends and family and tag @CoopUK on social media to let us know how we're helping you do your bit daily.

What is a co-op?

Many of us have heard of co-ops, but do you actually know what one is?