If you've been following twitter recently then alongside all the big (& bad!) news the UK has had over the past few weeks, you might have also spotted a group of folk coming together and helping out in various communities up and down the country under the hashtag #BigCoopClean.
It has been really inspiring seeing the hashtag flooded with people from all over getting together and helping out in their community, improving the environment for everyone. It's a little reminder to us all that we can achieve so much more together than we can on our own.
If you've been wondering what the Big Co-Op Clean is all about then look no further! Launched in 2014, the Big Co-Op Clean was set up as a focused activity where co-operatives of all shapes and sizes across the UK could come together and encourage people to choose co-operative. It is part of the Co-Operatives Fortnight which is a two-week period which this year ran from 18th June - 2nd July.
Co-operatives are businesses owned and run by their members. There are nearly 7,000 independent co-operatives across the UK, working in all parts of the economy – from football to farming, retail to renewable energy. Together they contribute more than £37 billion to the British economy.
In addition to organised events across the country (you can find a map of these here), there are plenty of ways you can help and do your bit. Anything from picking litter on your street or in a local park, clearing out your food cupboards and donating to a local food bank or helping to spruce up an elderly neighbours garden. Little things like this can make such a difference! Why not rope in some family members and friends too? The more the merrier!
If you're in need of a little inspiration then pop over to twitter and browse through the #BigCoopClean hashtag or head over to this page to find out more.
Many thanks to the Co-Op for sending me this fantastic hamper of cleaning goodies to inspire me with my efforts!