For enquiries about any of the things below, drop us a line to firstname.lastname@example.org
Donations & publicity
We are proud to be a hub in our community, and want to support the great activities going on around us. If you are organising a fundraiser or other community event within the area we serve, we might be able to help you out with a donation of produce, a goody bag of shopping or some gift vouchers to raffle. This is in addition to our 1% fund, from which we can make more substantial donations to co-operatives, charities and community and activist groups. If you’d like to request an in-kind donation drop us an email including your organization’s name, address, the date & time of event, what it’s for, the approximate attendance, and contact information. Please get in touch at least 4 weeks in advance of your event.
We may also be able to publicise your event on social media or on the boards in the shop. This is also true for local likeminded campaigns and community projects. We can’t promise as it depends on staff time and noticeboard capacity, but if you’d like us to try and do this, please include a request for this in your email. Don’t forget, we also have a customer noticeboard outside the shop that is open to all – just drop off your flier (A5 or smaller) and we’ll try and squeeze it in.
Talks & presentations
We are keen to spread the word about co-operative ownership and alternative business models, and from time to time are able to attend meetings or events to talk about the business. As not that many of us are keen public speakers, we are limited in terms of how many we can commit to, but it’s worth an ask!
Each year we are invited by the business departments of both Manchester and Liverpool Universities to talk to business and retail marketing students about our model, this is something we’re keen to do more of so that students leave university knowing that there are less dog-eat-dog alternatives out there for those with enterprise and business skills!
School visits & placements
We love having the opportunity to welcome groups of pupils from local schools to our shop. School visits usually include a tour around the shop, a tasting session to sample some of our fresh fruits and vegetables, and an activity or discussion focused on a topic pupils are currently learning about – from growing plants to healthy eating to local food to fair trade to co-operation. Where possible we combine school visits with a trip to the nearby community allotment so pupils can see local food production in action. We are sometimes also able to accept invitations to deliver sessions in the classroom.
For year 10 pupils we also offer a one or two week school placement, taking place in late June/early July. We prioritise a local catchment area comprising of Chorlton High, Stretford Grammar, Whalley Range High and William Hulme Grammar. We tend to accept four pupils per year, although we are sometimes able to stretch this. Our work placements offer an insight into the world of work and working with the public. As we’re a customer-facing business, it’s a good way for students to understand the importance of things like timekeeping and self-management – like being in the right place at the right time for shop-floor shifts or the various training sessions they’ll be offered. We take pupils through many of the ‘behind the scenes‘ functions at Unicorn and they also undertake practical work within shop floor teams – if you’ve ever seen a teenager serving on the deli counter, that will be why! We also walk our placements through Unicorn’s history, covering milestones and important decisions that have shaped the business. We enjoy having the opportunity to provide an insight into co-operative values and practices. School placements are generally run by the participating school, but pupils can also contact us directly.
Grow a Grocery
We are keen to offer support to others who want to establish or scale up co-operatively-owned groceries and shops. Head to our dedicated Grow a Grocery page to see if we can inspire you!
For enquiries about any of the above, drop us a line to email@example.com