Co-operatives Fortnight is a two week period when co-operatives of all shapes and sizes across the UK come together to celebrate the co-operative movement and encourage people to choose co-operatives.
For the second year running the theme was ‘The Big Co-op Clean’; fostering people’s community spirit to tidy up local public spaces or clear out their cupboards for foodbanks or charities.
Scotmid Co-operative organised (and took part in) a range of litter picks right across our trading area; from Torphins in Aberdeenshire to Honeywell in Northumberland.
Colleagues swapped the shop floor and office desks for their local streets, parks and woodlands in a host of volunteer litter picks. Working with local community groups, schools and customers, each of the squads of community volunteers worked hard to ensure they left their local area spick and span and made new friends in the process. Litter picks were organised in South Queensferry, Torphins, Uddingston, Ratho Station, Honeywell and around Scotmid’s Head Office in Newbridge.
The Big Co-op Clean isn’t just about picking up litter; it’s about achieving more by working together. The litter pick in Torphins was arranged in close collaboration with the Torphins Primary Parent Council and Torphins Community Council.
John Lucas, Chair of Torphins Community Council said: “The exercise illustrated just how little litter there actually is in Torphins – and there’s even less now!”
He added “Scotmid kindly provided all the volunteers with bottled water and a healthy snack along the way. The Community Council works closely with our local Scotmid and besides providing us with an excellent store, they are very supportive to our local community.”