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Co-op – Opportunities

In light of recent events, the Co-op are currently looking for a range of permanent and temporary workers to help them serve their members and communities in their food stores and funeral homes across the UK in these challenging times.

To apply for permanent roles please visit

For temporary vacancies in coop food stores, people can visit their local store where they’ll be able to apply directly ,with applications being processed as quickly as possible  (sometimes within 24-48 hours).

Whilst the Coop understands that there is some risk involved in people visiting sites to apply and attend interviews, they are taking all possible measures to protect their colleagues and candidates.

Service Update

Dear customers,

Due to the latest government guidance, and for the safety of our customers and staff, we have taken the difficult decision to close the centres from this afternoon. The Food Pantry at Yes Collyhurst will still be open tomorrow as normal, but this will be the last time we are able to offer this service from our centre until further notice. We are meeting tomorrow with all staff members to look at ways that we can continue to offer our support through the internet or over the phone and will provide another update as soon as possible. Apologies for the inconvenience that this may cause you in the coming weeks and we hope to be back open as soon as possible!


Yes Team

Xmas Closing times

Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year from everyone at Yes!

We’ll be closing earlier than usual on Christmas Eve at 2pm at both our Collyhurst and Newton Heath centres.

The Newton Heath centre will be back open as normal from the 2nd January, Collyhurst will be reopening slightly later on the 6th January, and The Hive will be back to normal from the 7th January.

We Hope that everyone has a great festive period and we’ll see you all in 2020! 🙂

Many thanks,

Yes Team

A warm welcome to Gill…

A warm welcome to Gill as chief executive Diane says ‘yes’ to a move abroad

Many of you will know that our fabulous chief executive, Diane Roberts, is leaving us in the new year – to start a new life in Greece!

Diane has been the face of yes since we began in 2013 and she will be hugely missed by clients, colleagues and partners.

But we want to let you know that life at yes will be carrying on as usual from our three centres, guided by new chief executive Gill Cook.

If you pop into yes between December and February, chances are you’ll bump into Gill and Diane as the pair are working together for a few weeks to ensure a smooth handover.

Gill, who has worked in the voluntary and community sector for more than 20 years, said: “I’m really excited to be taking up this role, supporting lots more people into employment, and becoming part of the fantastic yes family.”

“Diane and the team have done such an amazing job over the last six years and I hope I can bring some of my experiences to support further growth, build on the innovative services they are delivering, and help to access a wide range of funding to continue the yes journey far into the future.”

Gill is an experienced senior leader and has held a variety of frontline and leadership roles, both in business development and operational services, with a focus on helping people.

Diane will officially leave us at the end of February and is looking forward to her new life in Greece.

But there are bound to be a few tears shed before she jets off after a memorable six years in north Manchester – or 13 years if you include the seven years at Northwards Housing before joining yes.

In that time, Diane has overseen the growth of yes from one centre in Newton Heath to three bases.

Hundreds of people have got jobs and training opportunities thanks to yes, and many more have been able to start their own businesses.

Another achievement has been building successful relationships with more than 50 partners and funders.

Diane said: “My time at yes has been an incredible journey and I’m so proud of everything we’ve achieved together.

“None of it would have been possible without the support of our dedicated staff and volunteers who care so much about every one of our clients.

“It’s been a joy to watch clients and new businesses grow and flourish, and take their first steps on their own journeys.

“I’m going to miss everyone but I wish Gill every success in the role and I know yes is in safe hands.”

Anne Taylor, chair of the yes board, said: “On behalf of the board, I’d like to thank Diane for her dedicated service and for expertly overseeing not only the birth of yes but also its growth and development into an employment service which puts each individual at the centre of its service.

“We’ll all miss Diane but we’re delighted that Gill is joining us to continue this fantastic work and the board is looking forward to working with her.”

Pictured: Gill and Diane outside yes Collyhurst