Fancy a day out at Gloucester Services?
That’s how it was pitched to me, when asked to join the Active Wellbeing Society on a sharing day to learn from the work of the Gloucestershire Gateway Trust. Now, my experiences of a service station evokes a vision of fast food outlets, arcades and a random massage chair next to the toilets (Toddington & Leicester Forest East are to blame for this). Needless to say, my visit to Gloucester Services has completely transformed my views on motorway pit stops.
So, how do we make Co-op Deserts Bloom? That was the topic and challenge presented to us at the 2019 Future Co-ops conference we sponsored this year.
As Coop News had already reported, the conference this year was designed to be one of ‘active participation’ led by Think Digital, a department of the Central England Co-op retail society, rather than your conventional sit and listen format. The two day event took us on a journey of discovery, storytelling, conundrums, outcomes and pledges; oh and a quiz based on an old hardware store brochure, thrown in for good measure.
So, what are my take away thoughts and reflections, two weeks on?