A Green Party presence at Co-operative Congress


This project was successfully funded on Tuesday the 30th of June, 2015

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Co-operative Congress is the annual gathering of the co-operative movement in the UK.  We want to put Green politics right at the heart of it.

(NEWS UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who supported this project, which was a roaring success. You can read all about how it progressed by clicking on the Updates tab above.)

What is Co-operative Congress?

Organised by Co-operatives UK (the membership and campaigning organisation for co-ops), it's the annual gathering of the UK co-operative movement. Delegates from co-ops large and small across the UK will converge to network, participate, debate and discuss. The 2015 Congress takes place in Birmingham on 26th & 27th June.

(More info at www.uk.coop/congress)

Why a Green presence?

Co-operative values are absolutely central to Green politics, and many people involved in the co-op sector support Green ideas.

However, there has never been a formal Green Party presence at Congress  – until now!  I've organised a Green Party stall and two delegate places. It will be shared between the Scottish Green Party and the Green Party of England & Wales, with one person from each. We will be promoting Green issues and membership of our two Green parties.

What's this fundraiser for?

I'm asking Green supporters to contribute towards the costs. We are paying £480 for the stall and two delegate places, and the two delegates are also incurring travel and accommodation costs. Fundsurfer fees amount to about 8%, so I've set our target at £520 to try to cover the stall and delegate fees. Please chip in!

If we beat the target, we will also be able to help the two delegates with their travel and accommodation costs. If we beat the target by a long way, any extra money will go towards future activities in the co-operative sector by members of the two Green parties.

(I'm keeping the fundraiser going until 30th June, as some people attending Congress won't know about this until they see our stall – we'll point them in this direction if they want to contribute.)

How can I get more involved?

If you're interested in co-operatives and are member of either the Scottish Green Party or the Green Party of England & Wales, you can join our groups of co-op activists and be involved in future events and campaigns. Just let me know in a comment and I'll get back to you.

If you're not a member of a Green party, but would like to join, what are you waiting for?  Here's where you can join up:
www.scottishgreens.org.uk (Scotland)
www.greenparty.org.uk (England & Wales)
www.greenpartyni.org (Northern Ireland)

Finally, if you're attending Co-op Congress yourself, please wear a Green Party badge or t-shirt there to show support, and come to see us at the stall.

Now, please pledge some money!

Thanks, Steve West


pledged of £520 goal (GBP)

154% pledged



This project ended on 30 June 2015

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