This exciting new “decent work” project will empower groups of disadvantaged young people in Rochdale through co-operative education, training and support to set up their own co-operative enterprise.

As the birthplace of the Co-operative Movement, Rochdale is in many ways a thriving town, but still faces significant disadvantage. Many young people face significant difficulties in securing decent work, often forced into poorly paid, insecure jobs with little prospect of progression.

Too many young people in Rochdale are not getting the start in life that they deserve. We believe that they have the drive and ability to succeed, we just want to help remove some of the barrriers!

What's involved?

Building on the success of our previous Young Co-operatives work, this pilot project will involve participants learning about co-operatives, co-operative ways of working and enterprise in interactive sessions They'll also develop key co-operative skills including team working, self-confidence and group decision making.

The project will also consist of:

  • Four intensive full day skills based workshops.
  • A co-op development period led by mentors.
  • A Co-op launch party and crowdfunding.
  • Ongoing support from mentors and the local community.

Ahead of the launch, we went out into Rochdale and asked young people what businesses they'd like to see spring up in the town.

Where can I find the Co-operative Enterprise Hub?

The project will be hosted at the Cooperative Enterprise Hub on Drake Street in partnership with Rochdale Council. Until recently, this building was home to the oldest family business in the town (Butterworths Jewellers, established 1903!).

We're giving it a new lease of life, encouraging young people to set up future businesses that will help the town flourish.

Who is supporting the Together Enterprise project?

The project is funded by the Co-operative Group.