Successful webinar session on governance for community co-operatives We had a fantastic session on Wednesday 31 May meeting a number of community shops and Making Local Woods Work groups online and hearing from Dr Mark Simmonds from Co-op Culture. Mark led the session and presented on ‘Good Governance for Community Co-operatives’. It was a great opportunity for Plunkett members to receive bespoke advice on managing the governance side of their community co-operative. Governance is a complex area, especially when it comes to co-operatives, and Mark navigated the groups through a range of common challenges and shared his top tips from years of experience in the co-operative sector. The session also allowed groups to ask their own governance questions to ensure they received good value from Plunkett’s online session. We would like to thank Power To Change’s Peer Networking programme and the Princes Countryside Fund for supporting this webinar. If you weren’t able to join us this time, please do keep an eye on our events page for future webinars! Did you know we also have Facebook groups to help the community co-operative sector connect and support each other online? If you have not joined already, we would like to encourage you to sign up to one of our three community co-operative enterprise closed Facebook groups below: Community Shops Network sign-up Co-operative Pubs Network sign-up Woodland Social Enterprise Network sign-up They provide a platform for both existing and those in the early stages of their journey to share ideas and ask questions. Plunkett Foundation is looking to develop a series of webinar sessions bespoke to the training needs of community co-operatives. We welcome all ideas for themes and speakers so please send your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to find out more about the Peer Networking programme, please visit the Plunkett Foundation website and reply to this email for enquiries and support. Thank you again for those who joined us and please keep an eye in our newsletters and the website for future Plunkett Foundation events and training sessions for community co-operatives.