The ‘Co-operative College’

The ‘Co-operative College’, is not a college in the strictest sense, we are a small co-operative charity mainly known for our international work and providing co-operatives and like minded organisations with training. We like to think of ourselves as a ‘college without walls’, dedicated to providing outreach and higher education. Our UK Youth projects are now running across the country. Please see the website for more information.

The college is launching the second cohort of it’s completely free project, YCA (Youth Co-operative Action) aimed at young people in Rochdale and Bury, aged 14-19, this March.
The project is a youth social action project, underpinned by co-operative values with a focus on youth loneliness. The project aims to tackle youth loneliness, isolation and various associated issues by teaching participants about co-operative values, community reporting and social action.

It encourages all participants to engage in their local communities, staying connected with each other and the co-operative movement. The project is partnered with GMYN (Greater Manchester Youth Network) and will run in Plymouth and Hartlepool in addition to Manchester, Oldham, Bury and Rochdale over the next two years. It includes guest speakers and visits to co-operatives, businesses and social enterprises with ethical values working with local communities to make a difference.

The project affords excellent opportunities for a range of young people, be they gifted and talented students aspiring to gain experience related to the co-operative movement for CVs and further education applications or disadvantaged young people struggling to engage in academia, the world of work or their local communities.

The project aims to uplift and empower young people from all backgrounds to reconnect with their local communities, and each other and to build confidence and experience through social action and exposure to the Co-operative movement. The project incorporates elements of fundraising, campaigning and volunteering as well as connecting young people across Manchester and nationwide to tackle loneliness and isolation.

Venue: The Strand Community Hub, 17 The Strand Rochdale; Postcode: OL11 2JG
Drop in session: Monday 24th February 2020
First session: 2nd of March 2020
Times: 4 – 6pm
Running every Monday excluding school holidays.

Venue: The Phoenix Youth Centre. St Mary’s Park, St Mary’s Road. Prestwich. M25 1GG
Drop in session: Thursday 26th February 2020
First session: 5th of March 2020
Times: 4.30pm – 6.30pm
Running every Thursday excluding school holidays.

Parents / guardians and young people can sign up here:
And there is more information about all of our projects on the college website

There is a brief promotional video with some of our young people from the Oldham group of cohort 1, discussing the issues of youth loneliness we explore throughout the project.

We also appeared on BBC radio Manchester on the Connor Phillips show here: we come on at 2hrs 15mins with two young people from the last cohort speaking about their experiences of the project.

As stated the project is completely free, fruit and snacks are provided at each session and transport fees can be reimbursed.