NICE @ Co-Operative Alternatives Event – Showcasing Community Shares in NI

NICE @ Co-Operative Alternatives Event – Showcasing Community Shares in NI

photo left to right:- Nigel McKinney, Building Change Trust; Jo Bird, Co-Operative Alternatives; Laurie Davies, Lacada; Karen Arbuckle, NICE; Tiziana O’Hara, Co-Operative Alternatives; Matthew Dick, Boundary; James Orr, Down to Earth NI.

Co-Operative Alternatives invited NICE to join in their Community Shares in Northern Ireland Showcase Event which was held at Boundary Brewery on Thursday 25th June 2015.

This event was a celebration of the benefits of community shares and what had recently been achieved by newly established local co-operatives.  Showcasing were Boundary Brewing, Lacada BreweryDown to Earth NI and Northern Ireland Community Energy – NICE which have raised more than £350k and attracted hundreds of new members.

It was a great opportunity to meet, share and learn from the experiences of other local co-operatives.  Whilst the initiatives differed from breweries, burial alternatives to community energy the one we thing we all had in common was a passion for working together in our social enterprises.

A fantastic networking event one which will hopefully be replicated again.

As previously reported NICE (and the other co-ops mentioned) has been supported by Co-operative Alternatives, a co-operative commissioned by the Building Change Trust to run its Community Shares, Ready! pilot project to increase awareness of Community Shares in Northern Ireland.  Their advice and support was invaluable in helping NICE come to be.

A new video featuring interviews with Nigel McKinney from Building Change Trust and Jo Bird and Tiziana O’Hara from Co-operative Alternatives which was shown at the event and can viewed online  CLICK HERE the video incapsulates the services they can provide to new enterprises or developing existing societies.