New Young Co-operatives Action Kit

Teacher's Guide Action Kit coverThe Young Co-operatives Action Kit, a free, downloadable guide which outlines everything schools and young people need to know before setting up a Young Co-operative, has been relaunched with new activities and a brighter, more interesting format.

The Action Kit, which covers everything from deciding what your Young Co-operative is going to do to holding meetings, budgeting, making the rules and selling its products, right up to evaluating the project, is now broken down into a Teacher’s guide and separate activity packs for KS2 and KS3/4 students. All importantly, it introduces what co-operatives are, where they came from and what makes them different to other types of businesses, as well as providing case studies from other Young Co-operatives as inspiration.

Action Kit case studyLisa Ball, a student at All Hallows Catholic College in Macclesfield, helped make the design more young person-friendly whilst on a summer work placement at the Co-operative College, and assisted with the updating of activities. All Hallows is a member of the network of Co-operative Business and Enterprise Colleges supported by the Co-operative College and the Co-operative Group and its students run a wide range of Young Co-operatives in school, which sell everything from candles, jewellery and snacks to quizzes and art materials within the school community.

Action Kit sample pageThere are now almost 200 registered members of Young Co-operatives, most in the UK but with others as far afield as Africa, the USA and India. Young Co-operatives is a free scheme which encourages young people to set up and run their own enterprises as co-operatives. Many Young Co-operatives run healthy eating tuck shops selling fairly traded products. Other models for Young Co-operatives include horticultural and recycling businesses.

Julie Thorpe from the Co-operative College said: “We hope the new Action Kit will inspire lots more groups of young people to form Young Co-operatives!”

For more information email dylan@co-op.ac.uk

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