SCS sprang into action in January with a campaign to make contact with all the Transition Towns in Somerset. We believe that the co-operative model is the ideal vehicle for people who want to work together in sustainable projects and enterprises which do not exploit people or the planet's limited resources. We attended the Taunton Transition Cafe to talk about social enterprises, and hope that the contacts we made there will result in mutual benefit. Watch out for other Somerset Co-operative Services Transition talks, and please do let us know if you would like us to come along to speak at your group. Check our links page for a link to the Taunton Transition Wiki.

We were delighted to be selected to join Co-operatives UK's "Greener Together - The Co-operative Way" which is a project enabling member organisations of Co-operativesUK, the Confederation of Co-operative Housing (CCH) and the Plunkett Foundation to work with their members and customers in achieving greener behaviour.


The Co-operative Enterprise Hub is providing support for us to work with High Street Organics in Bruton, on co-operative organisational development, stock management and business planning.


Grassroots Glastonbury Conference

Somerset Co-operative Services sponsored and helped to organise Grassroots, the first Social Enterprise Conference to be held in Glastonbury, providing networking, trading and learning opportunities for existing social enterprises in Somerset, and a source of information and inspiration for anyone thinking about setting one up.

What happened?
* a panel of experienced and influential speakers: Max Comfort of Stroud Common Wealth, Julie Harris of Cosmic and RISE, Kate Hewett of the Devon School for Social Entrepreneurs and Ed Mayo of Co-operatives UK
* interactive workshops
* stalls and displays by established social enterprises
* inspiring films about social enterprise achievements
* delicious local food

GRASSROOTS aimed to:
* raise awareness of potential of social enterprise to contribute to the rural economy, environment and community
* provide focused networking opportunities
* show how social enterprises can cut costs and be more sustainable by reducing carbon emissions

GRASSROOTS GLASTONBURY was sponsored by The Co-operative

Grassroots Conference Report available for download below

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