Informal learning

Sharing skills informally can be useful, whether as a group, in a one-to-one session, or simply 'learning on the job'.

Regular involvement in running a food co-op can help people to develop skills in:

  • Running an organisation
  • Communications and marketing
  • Time management
  • Maintaining good working relationships
  • Financial management
  • Team work
  • Managing staff and volunteers

It may be worth discussing such themes with your volunteers to find out if they feel they are learning enough. If they are interested, they may wish to have formal training, or informal support from another member of the team, to help sharpen their skills.


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.

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