You may feel that it is more appropriate or convenient to run training yourself, to meet the needs of your staff and volunteers.

It is important to ensure your training is in line with recognised good practice. For example, you can:

It is also important to consider consulting your staff and volunteers about their existing knowledge, experience and needs. Training should be designed with clear aims, and with agreement on what themes you and your colleagues wish to cover. You might do this informally in discussions, or via a training application form.

Training sessions are more likely to be popular and effective if they are interactive and fun - including games, discussions and demonstrations as well as more formal presentations.

To find more useful food co-op related information visit our homepage

Food Co-ops toolkit: The Food Co-ops Toolkit will give you all the information you need to set up your own food co-op.

Sustain summit
12 Oct 2022

The summit will consider meat and dairy production and consumption in the context of the climate and nature emergency, where inspiring work and opportunities exist, and the assumptions and underlying values about meat which have shaped our policy to date.

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