Well, we didn't win 'Co-operative of the Year' - congratulations to Midcounties Co-operative who did. Nevertheless we were thrilled to have been one of the nine organisations shortlisted - and remarkably one of two nominees from our hometown of Malvern, Worcestershire.
Ed Mayo, Co-operatives UK secretary general, said: “All nine of our shortlisted co-operatives would have been worthy winners in their own right. With almost 7,000 co-operatives across the UK, it is remarkable that two of the nine shortlisted co-ops are based in Malvern.
Both Jamboree and the Foster Care Co-operative stand out because of the huge impact they have on the lives of individuals. And we are talking about potentially very vulnerable members of our society. They are both fantastic examples of why co-ops work. The figures at The Foster Care Co-operative speak for themselves.
To achieve stable placements that last more than six times the national average is incredible and demonstrates how a model based on high quality carer training - and ultimately putting the needs of children first - works."
You can read more about the award here.