Young Co-operators Conference: Almost here!


The Young Co-operators Conference is a free event that celebrates the newest co-operatives in Northern Ireland and inspires a new generation of co-operators. This year’s conference will be held on October 11, 2023 at the Girdwood Community Hub in Belfast. The event is organized by Co-operative Alternatives, a co-operative development body based in Belfast and sponsored by the Belfast City Council.

Key Details

Date: Wednesday, 11th Oct 2023

Time: 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM (lunch included)

Venue: Girdwood Community Hub, Belfast

The Young Co-operators Conference aims to achieve the following objectives:

  • Raise awareness and understanding of the co-operative model and its benefits for society and young people.
  • Inspire and empower young people to become co-operators, leaders, and change-makers in their communities and beyond.
  • Showcase and celebrate the achievements and innovations of co-operatives involving young people and addressing issues important to them.
  • Facilitate networking and collaboration among young co-operators and other stakeholders from different sectors and backgrounds.
  • Identify and address the challenges and opportunities for co-operatives in the current and future context.

The conference program includes a range of engaging discussion and information stands on a variety of co-operatives and youth organisations.

Renowned speakers who have made significant contributions to the co-operative movement will share their insights and experiences:

  • Jess Craig and Scott Jennings from the Belfast Students Housing Co-operative,
  • Dessie Donnelly from Rabble Co-operative, founder member of this worker tech co-op and campaigner for human rights
  • a testimonial from a young member of Carrickfergus Community Greengrocers.
  • Dr Bridget Carroll from the Centre of Co-operative Studies from University College Cork.

Registration for the Young Co-operators Conference is now open. To secure your spot at this inspiring event, please visit this Eventbrite page.

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to be part of a vibrant community of young co-operators. Join us at the Young Co-operators Conference on October 11, 2023, at Girdwood Community Hub in Belfast, and let’s shape the future together!

For more information about the conference, please visit Co-operative Alternatives’ website.