A new information hub, library and archive for the co-operative movement in Yorkshire has opened its doors in Sheffield.
The ‘Principle Five’ Co-operative Resource Centre aims to be a friendly, accessible place where anyone can learn more about the co-operative movement.
It has been set up by Co-operatives Yorkshire and Humber and is based at Aizlewoods Mill on Nursery Street - a co-operatively owned building and home of the Sheffield Co-operative Development Group.
Principle Five is named after the fifth principle in the list of international co-operative principles.
It states: “Co-operatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers, and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their co-operatives.
“They inform the general public - particularly young people and opinion leaders - about the nature and benefits of co-operation.”
Principle Five launched at a special event last Wednesday which included talks from Rachael Vorberg-Rugh, co-author of Building Co-operation, and Linda Gomila from the Co-operative Group, who answered questions about widening opportunities for women.
A spokesman said: “Without informed members, there would be a failed movement.
“Reading and education rooms were a common feature of all co-operative stores throughout the years of the movement’s growth.”
Co-operatives Yorkshire and Humber is a regional network of co-operative enterprises. It provides jobs for over 18,000 employees.