Co-op launches search for inspiring community mentors

Co-op is looking for inspiring people to mentor its Co-op Member Pioneers, whilst playing an important part in Co-op’s overall community mission.

The Group currently has more than 300 Member Pioneers, who work with Co-op members, food stores, funeral homes, local causes, and other co-ops to help support and connect them to others in their local communities.

To help them with this work, the Group is now recruiting 40 Member Pioneer Co-ordinators to take on a part-time, paid role to lead a group of 10-15 Pioneers.

Russell Gill, head of co-operative & local engagement at Co-op said:

We’ve found that our Member Pioneers really benefit from having someone to support them, and this makes the biggest impact in helping Co-op fulfil its ambition of creating stronger communities.

We’re looking for people in who have the passion to bring communities together effectively, believe in the power of co-operation, and who hold the wellbeing of their community at the forefront of their mind, to truly make a difference in their community.

Member Pioneer Co-ordinators will also support the local causes, chosen by Co-op Members that receive a funding boost from the Co-op’s Membership scheme. Last year the organisation invested £19m in over 4,000 groups UK-wide, supporting village halls, community spaces, skills initiatives and neighbourhood watch schemes.

Co-op is recruiting 40 Member Pioneer Co-ordinators across the UK. Member Pioneer Co-ordinators will be home-based in their region, and will work 18 hours per week at £12/hour.

Applications are live now at and will be open until 15th March 2019.

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