Winter News round-up

Winter news CCF

Share your memories to celebrate our 50th!

We are going to be 50 in 2023 - if you've been part of our story so far, will you join us?

One minute you're a new social finance provider, lending to co-ops among the wholefood stores, in your 1970s flares, and the next it's 2022, everyone's talking about platform co-ops and you're staring a 50th birthday in the face!

Have you been part of our story? Were you part of a team or organisation we lent to? Are you an ex Trustee?

If you've stories or photos or memories to share we would truly love to hear from you - please, do get in touch!

Property improvements set to go ahead for Co-operative Housing Association

It's been a while since we supported a housing co-op so it was doubly exciting to work with leaseholders of Glenkerry House in London recently.

Loans from us and Co-op Loan Fund will to contribute to the financing of the property improvements including external redecoration and structural repairs

Read more here about how this stunning building became a housing co-op and an unexpected link to James Bond!

The circus is coming to town – your town

Running a community business might often feel like running a circus - but for Organised KAOS in South Wales that's actually the day job.

Organised KAOS is a contemporary Welsh Circus Company transforming lives and creating opportunities. Embedded in their communities, they Keep Adolescents Off the Streets and develop pathways for local Welsh talent, through outreach, regular classes, events and festivals.

We've been proud to support OK since 2015 and are delighted to share this lovely video (approx 2 mins) about their work. it's well worth a watch - good feelings guaranteed!

Hot off the press

πŸ—ž Here are a few news stories that have caught our eye recently

πŸ“£ Our very own Tim Coomer has been interviewed for Coop News

🌍 The World Cooperative Monitor 2022 has been released including the much-anticipated Top 300 rankings of the world’s largest cooperatives and mutuals and a special focus on the challenges of digitalization.

🏒 More co-op support for London as Sadiq Khan's team will work with Co-operatives UK and the EOA to launch the London Ownership Hub next year

πŸ‘§πŸ½ The #iwill Power of Youth Charter is aimed at giving young people 'real opportunities to shape future, fairer communities', says Coop News

πŸ“… Events round up

Events coming up

πŸŽ‰ We will be celebrating our 50th throughout 2023 and we'd LOVE you to be involved. Contact us to share your memories, and keep a look out for our AGM in June

🍷 From Crisis to Co-op - Future Co-ops is back on the 10th and 11th February in Oxford - we'll be hosting a drinks reception there as part of our 50th birthday celebrations and we'd love to see you - book now!

πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ« Co-operatives UK have released the dates for their 2023 training calendar - book now to secure your place as many of these sessions will fill up.

πŸš— Join NCVO at the launch of the Road Ahead 2023 on the 25th January to explore the trends, challenges and opportunities facing the voluntary sector in the year ahead.

Christmas Closure

CC Xmas Closure 2022
We are taking a festive break from 1.00pm on the 23rd December until 9.00 am on the 3rd January.

We hope you all have a wonderful break too - stay warm and well and we hope your coops and community business are able to take advantage of holiday trade.

See you in 2023!
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