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Invitation: Ways Forward 2022

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How can co-operation and co-operatives be seen not just as relevant, but as a central organising principle in the climate movement? What is the best way that we can together build effective alliances across communities that address the need for systemic change? Why is climate justice a central issue for the co-operative movement?

This conference will be an important focal point and - we hope - an energising springboard for practical action at scale.

Go here for more information and to register. Early Bird prices hold until 20th September.

Ways Forward is organised by Platform 6 Development Co-operative Limited, which is supported by CAN through the provision of a director.

How we support all sorts of Community Economic Development projects

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Village community enterprise at Little Canfield in Essex

Community Economic Development (CED) is all about people coming together to have a positive effect on their local economy.

Whether it’s to create, or save, a village resource like a community shop, pub or pop-up market, or perhaps to acquire or renovate a building to create a shared local space for community activities or use as a venue, CED involves people shaping their local communities and their local economies.

They could come together as individuals, or as a group of representative organisations.

Voluntary organisations or local businesses could also work jointly to create economic opportunities for mutual advantage – and consequently also benefit the communities in which they operate. And other key institutions such as colleges, hospitals, credit unions or the local authority could also become involved in CED projects.

CAN has worked with people on a raft of CED projects over the years.

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Help setting up and maintaining your policies

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Many small businesses struggle to maintain a coherent and up-to-date set of policies. There are two aspects to this: policy development and policy management, and we can help with both. We recently carried out a full review of our policy set and management systems and in doing so we have developed tools that we are keen to share with our clients.

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CAN supports development of community share offer for Bristol community space

Helping to safeguard ‘this vital community space’

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“CAN went above and beyond…” Emma Moore, Director, Zion Community Space

CAN was pleased to be called in to support the development of a community share offer for Zion Community Art Space, which for over 11 years has provided a vital community hub in parts of Bristol. The community share offer is now live and the capital raised will purchase the building that it currently leases and safeguard all that goes on there for future generations.

“Changing lives through social connections is at the heart of what we do,” says Zion, which over the years has provided a place to chat over a cup of tea or lunch, somewhere to meet friends, learn something new, find a support group or to enjoy comedy, music, theatre and more.

The community benefit society says that to safeguard this “vital community space for the future” and to create a “bigger and better community hub for all in Bedminster Down, Bishopsworth and beyond” it decided to launch its offer.

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Building back strong Bristol co-operatives

CAN collaborates with University of Bristol on co-op research project

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CAN recently worked with the University of Bristol on a research project which sought to compile up-to-date information on the size and health of the city’s co-operative sector, and to understand what #BuildBackBetter, ‘post-Covid’, means to local co-ops.

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Co-operative Assistance Network Limited

is a registered society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014

 No. 30714R 

Registered address: 1-3 Gloucester Road, Bristol, BS7 8AA
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