Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Could you be a director of a growing co-operative? Our money is on that you can!



What a year 2020 was:  whether a conscious decision or not, it became a year for reflecting on purpose and actions; in particular when it came to our communities. Whoever your community is made up of (neighbours, colleagues, people you share a hobby or passion with), we all took a deep breath and responded in the ways we felt right and learned some important lessons. 

With these reflections in mind, rather than your usual 'New Year, New You' resolution, why not start with a 'New Year, New Opportunities' mantra instead? And we have an idea! 

Become a Director of a Co-operative or community enterprise, and create opportunities for many!


SCS works with co-ops across Somerset (and nationally), and we can tell you there are co-ops and community benefit societies across a range of sectors: energy, housing, transport, wellbeing, retail.... doing the most amazing work for their comminutes. See our projects page for more information.  

The very nature of a co-op promotes a better economy, better social impact, and better environmental impacts. Co-operative business feels the natural way to build back better. Not sure what a co-op is? Read more here.  

If this sounds like something you would like to get involved in (either joining an existing co-op board or creating a new co-op) then why not join our webinar to find out more. If you have a specific interest, we know many co-ops looking for new Directors, so do get in touch to find out more. 

In just an hour and a half, co-op developer, Alex Lawrie will provide an introduction to w
hat it's like to be a director of a community enterprise or co-operative. If you've ever thought about it, but felt that you don't have the right skills, knowledge or enough time, Alex aims to bust those myths by explaining:
  • what kind of support you can expect in a good team 
  • how you can make a difference to your local area and help others
  • which co-ops in Somerset are looking for directors like you
  • how you can learn skills and develop new careers with the experience
  • why it's so fulfilling, but also how to avoid some common hazards
  • what the legal duties and protections are

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If you would like to know more contact services@somerset.coop.