Co-operative Futures has been supporting the creation of Eat Make Play over the course of the USE-IT! project running in West Birmingham. They have recently registered as a Community Benefit Society, having been born out of a community fun day that took place early 2018. Having been overwhelmed by the interest from the local community in the day, a group of residents got together to explore how they could build on the community interest and continue to offer meaningful activities within the area.
Co-op Futures has run many hands-on business planning and income generation workshops with the group to help them develop their ideas into a viable community business. EAT MAKE PLAY have now delivered batch cooking sessions, resulting in a range of frozen meals for distribution throughout the community, as well as several upcycling workshops to enable people to learn new sewing skills and repair damaged items. They’ve also run two further fun days for the local community, as well as contributing food and activities to other local events.