Transforming local food in Oldham – How to set up a neighbourhood food cooperative


Tuesday 31 May 10:30 – 13:00



Transforming Local Food in Oldham

Over the next 12 months, Stir to Action and Shared Assets are working in partnership with Oldham Council, the Food Partnership Board, and the wider VCFSE (Voluntary, Community, Faith, Social Enterprise) to reduce the dependency on emergency food provision and to explore alternative models for local food. The core capacity building programme will offer workshops, events, study visits, and specialist support, ranging from community supported agriculture and food co-operatives to developing new business models, partnerships, and markets for local food initiatives.

Before the main programme launch in Autumn 2022, we’re hosting a few events in May and June.

It’s not an overstatement to say that our upcoming webinars offer inspiring ideas about how to develop local food systems organised by communities for communities.

How to set up a neighbourhood food co-op

Established in 2019 to challenge food poverty, Cooperation Town is a vibrant network of community-led food co-operatives, organising on streets and estates across the country. They’re run under the principle of ’when we work together with neighbours and colleagues we can take control over our lives.’ These co-ops are small buying groups that offer their members free and low-cost groceries purchased in bulk.

We welcome Shaunna from this innovative organisation to present a workshop around Cooperation Town’s premise of food solidarity not charity, setting out the basics of all you need to know to establish your own local food co-op:

  • What are food co-ops, what is Cooperation Town, and how does it differ to other food co-ops?
  • How does Cooperation Town work in practice?
  • How to get started with your own food co-operative
  • Founding and running your co-operative- Maintaining momentum in your co-operative
  • What support can Cooperation Town provide

All welcome – no knowledge or experience of co-operatives is needed.

Register for the event here


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