Communications for Co-ops workshop

You’ve incorporated your co-op, you have your board in place, and you’re working towards some initial goals.

It’s the perfect time to create a communications plan!

In this workshop with Co-operatives First’s Director of Communications, your board will identify your next big goal, your key audiences, and how to get your message out in a way that helps move your co-op forward.

A workshop for co-op start-ups

This two-hour workshop covers the basics of creating an initial communications plan for your co-op. Together, we identify action items and equip you with the resources to put a plan into action.

Workshop Overview:

– Goal Identification: Your group will identify and articulate your co-op’s core goals. Understanding what you wish to achieve is the first step toward effective communication.

– Strategy Crafting: With your goals in focus, we will explore communication strategies and tools suited for your co-op. From traditional media to digital platforms, you’ll select the methods that best align with your objectives and audience.

– Message Development: Your group will create compelling and authentic messages that reflect the mission of your co-op. We’ll cover techniques that ensure your message cuts through the noise.

– Action Planning: Transform insights into action with a step-by-step communications plan. This roadmap will outline what you need to communicate, which channels you will use, and assign responsibilities within your team.

Why take part in this workshop?

– Gain clarity on your co-op’s communication needs and objectives.
– Leave with a concrete, actionable communication plan tailored to your co-op.
– Equip your team with the knowledge and tools to enhance visibility, engagement, and impact.

This workshop is ideal for your co-op’s board of directors. Join us to equip yourself with the skills and confidence to tell your co-op’s story in a way that inspires action and drives progress toward your goals.

Here’s how it works

  1. Contact the Director of Communications at
  2. You get an e-mail confirmation of receipt.
  3. We’ll finalize the scope of the workshop and set a date that works for you.
  4. Within two weeks we host a Zoom workshop with your board to work through our communications workbook and help you determine how to reach your audience.
Contact us to sign up!


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Weyburn Theatre

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