As this year’s Co-operatives Fortnight gets underway, Iain Gray MSP is urging local people to continue sharing inspirational stories that exemplify co-operation and its importance to local communities.
During Co‑op Fortnight (22 June to 5 July 2020), Co-operative UK, the umbrella body for co-operatives across the UK, is urging co-operators and the public to:
- Showcase the different ways that co‑ops, and people in your community have worked together, using the #KeepCooperating hashtag on social media.
- Explain the co‑op values and principles – we do this all the time, not just in times of crisis.
- Encourage people to continue to co‑operate.
Mr Gray is backing the campaign and asking local people to join in during the fortnight and share their experience of co-op values and principles.
Speaking about his support for Co-operatives Fortnight, Iain Gray MSP said:
“I’m proud of East Lothian’s historic and ongoing commitment to co-operation, including some of the inspirational stories of how communities have come together during the pandemic. Thousands of people signed up to become community or NHS volunteers, people stood outside their homes to applaud key workers every week, and many took time to look out for vulnerable neighbours.
“This Co-operatives Fortnight is an opportunity to celebrate this new culture of co-operation and change in everyday behaviour to raise awareness of co‑ops and the values that underpin the diverse co-operative sector. I’m urging local people to join in the fortnight by sharing their stories about why we should #KeepCooperating.”
Find out more about the fortnight and how to get involved at www.uk.coop/fortnight