Picture the scene - you've just joined a co-op and it's your first day, or you're a member of the general public who's heard about co-operatives and simply wants to learn what really makes it unique.

The question is, where do you start? Well now we've got the perfect answer - The You've Joined a Movement guide!

More about the guide

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Building on the hugely popular More than a Shop podcast series and developed in partnership with Co-operatives UK, Co-op News and the Co-operative Heritage Trust, the new guide is available to download below.

It's packed full of information including:

  • The size and impact of the co-op movement
  • What makes a co-op different to other types of business
  • Where to go for more information

There are two versions of the guide available to download, one as a member of the public or one if you've just joined a co-operative as a worker, member or employee. Pick the guide that best fits you.

Download the welcome guide for new co-operative members, workers and employees 

Download the welcome guide for members of the general public

We're encouraging as many people as possible to print out the guide or email it to anyone who's interested.

Post it up on your intranet, make it part of your induction process, share it on social media or display it proudly during your AGM! We want to grow the movement, which is why we've created a guide specifically aimed at the wider general public too.

Spread the word as far and wide as possible - it's time to shout about the real difference that co-operatives make. 

Learn more about the movement

Thanks to our new online courses, it's never been easier to learn more about the co-operative movement. Why not start with our Co-operative Values and Principles course and the free taster version. The Co-operative Values and Principles are the foundations of the movement and at the core of everything we do.

Find more information below and access your free trial.

Try out our Co-operative Values and Principles Course

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