10.6M Brits describe their current mental wellbeing as poor

New research from the Co-op, in partnership with Mind, SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) and Inspire, reveals that 10.6 million Brits (just under fifth of the population) describe their current mental wellbeing as poor2, rising to almost three in ten (28%) amongst 16 to 24 year olds. The study reveals the impact the pandemic has had on the nation’s mental wellbeing. Almost a quarter (24%) of respondents said they became more isolated from their community during the pandemic, resulting in a decline in mental wellbeing for almost two-thirds (61%)…

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Youth Endowment Fund, #iwill Fund and Co-op come together to launch the Peer Action Collective (PAC): giving 10–25-year-olds a voice and the chance to make their communities safer, fairer places

October saw the launch of a £5.2 million ground-breaking new youth-led network called the Peer Action Collective (PAC). The project will reach nearly 6,500 young people (aged from 10-25) who will take part in action to end violence in their communities. That might involve designing and carrying out research as a peer researcher, leading campaigns in their communities as a changemaker, or sharing their views on violence, so that they’re shaping the solutions they want to see in their communities. The youth-led programme is funded by the Youth Endowment Fund,…

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Co-op and Mind announce further funding to expand wellbeing service for young LGBTQI+ people in East London

The Co-op, in partnership with Mind, have today announced further funding for a mental wellbeing service for young people, aged 17-24, in the LGBTQI+ community in East London. Young Rainbow Minds, which is run by Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest, supports the mental wellbeing of young people in the LGBTQI+ community. Hackney was chosen as a location by Co-op and Mind, after it was identified as having high levels of inequality, using data from Co-op’s Community Wellbeing Index. The service uses an innovative new approach called Radical…

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Co-op sparks climate action conversation with new Co-op26 store ‘rebrand’

As the UK prepares to host global leaders and changemakers at the COP26 Climate Change conference in Glasgow this weekend, ethical retailer Co-op has launched a national store and funeral home campaign, aptly named Co-op26. In a bid to engage customers throughout the COP26 conference and beyond, the Co-op26 campaign aims to get people asking questions about how they can impact climate change at a community level. Six flagship Co-op stores across the UK have ‘rebranded’ to Co-op26 with amplified exterior signage and window vinyl takeovers to reflect Co-op26 and…

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Co-op funding fast-tracks doubling of Hubbub’s Community Fridge Network

The 200th member of environmental charity Hubbub’s Community Fridge Network opened recently, marking a significant milestone for the initiative. The latest community fridge has been installed in Lancaster West Estate in North Kensington, London. It is the 50th fridge funded by Co-op, whose support for 100 new community fridges across the country by the end of this year has helped fast-track the expansion of the food-saving initiative. Community fridges are social spaces where anyone can share surplus food. They reduce food waste and empower communities to help each other through…

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