New beginnings – Help shape the co-operative future of Rochdale

We’re delighted to partner with the Workers’ Educational Association and the Pioneers Museum to run this exciting new course in Rochdale, starting on the 19th September 2017. Rochdale is the ‘home’ of co-operation but co-operation is also a fantastic idea for the modern world. Over a billion people are members of co-operatives across the globe and they all want to build a better world and get people into decent work.

In this six part course we will learn what co-operation is about, develop our research skills so that we can decide what our important local issues are, and think about how we can share our ideas. What does Rochdale need? How does co-operation help us to think about doing things differently? What would a  co-operative Rochdale look like? When we have completed the course we will present our ideas to a group of our friends, neighbours, communities and local councillors.

The class is open to everyone interested in co-operation or in doing some great community learning. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know much about co-operation or haven’t tried this type of course before. We will learn together, acquire new skills and share our ideas to come up with some great new plans for Rochdale!

Cost- £37.20/free for concessions*

You can find out more about the course, and book your place, by visiting the WEA website here

*Concessions apply to those in receipt of Job Seekers only

Course dates/times- All sessions delivered at The Rochdale Pioneers Museum)

Session 1- Tuesday – 19th Sept – 09:30 – 11:30

Session 2- Tuesday  – 26th Sept – 19:00 – 21:00

Session 3- Tuesday  – 3rd Oct – 09:30 – 11:30

Session 4- Tuesday  – 10th Oct – 09:30 – 11:30

Session 5- Tuesday – 17th Oct – 09:30 – 11:30

Session 6- Tuesday – 24th Oct – 09:30 – 11:30

Course content

Session 1 What is Co-operation and What Does it Mean to Rochdale in 2017? Learning outcomes. By the end of the session participants will:

 

• Understand the history and impact of global co-operation using active learning

• Have been introduced to examples of co-operative solutions and discussed the challenges

•Learnt about the aims and objectives of a manifesto

Session 2  Deciding our Issues and Beginning our Research Learning outcomes. By the end of the session participants will:

•Have acquired some introductory research skills: devising research questions and interviewing each other. What have we learnt?

• Have considered the key issues for the Manifesto

• Have decided what materials and data about Rochdale Borough will contribute to the research

Sessions 3 Researching our Themes Learning outcomes. By the end of the session participants will:

 

•Have acquired further introductory research skills – what is evidence? What does it tell us?

•Have analysed materials and data about Rochdale Borough though group research

Session 4 Thinking about Co-operative Solutions Learning outcomes. By the end of the session participants will:

•Have assessed a number of co-operative solutions to the issues identified

•Have discussed if the solutions are viable and what the challenges might be

•Have started to work up co-operative solutions to the identified issues

Session 5 Working up Co-operative Solutions Learning outcomes. By the end of the session participants will:

•Have completed their research on co-operative solutions

•Have planned and practiced their presentation

Session 6 Manifesto Presentation and Question and Answers Session Learning outcomes. By the end of the session participants will:

•Have produced and presented a group Manifesto to the Rochdale community

Book your place by visiting the WEA website here

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