- Nicola Morris, Co-op Food, Brora in Scotland
- Time commitment: five hours a week
Co-op Brora, the only supermarket in the village, has become the hub of the community thanks to Nicola Morris and her team.
In the last few months the team has delivered numerous projects which have had a real impact on the community. From healthy eating workshops and bread tasting in local schools, to tea and coffee-making at the Brora Fete, the store has involved all sorts of local organisations to make things happen.
The latest event to get locals going was a litter pick from the centre of town to the harbour, where seven Co-op colleagues and local children volunteered to rid the streets of rubbish!
“It really is a team effort in our store. I keep everyone up to date with what’s going on using a white board in the staffroom so if I need cakes for a bake sale I add that and everyone signs up and tells me what they can supply. Similarly, if I need volunteers for a community activity, I ask for volunteers in the same way. We get lots of support from customers too because they value the support we are providing to their community.”
Nicola’s top tips
- Involving local schools in your activity is guaranteed to get community support
- Focus on what you know to bring activities to life
- Make sure everyone feels they’re part of it