We have handed over £20,000 to over 20 good causes in Derbyshire thanks to our Community Dividend Fund

Posted by Rob Smyth | 06/08/2018 | Category: Community


Central England Co-op has handed out over £20,000 in Community Dividend Fund grants to 20 good causes across Derbyshire so far this year.

A wide range of groups, organisations and charities received grants including everyone from schools to scout Groups.

Findern Primary School will use £1,100 to buy a wide range of supplies to allow youngsters to enjoy outdoor activities and learn about the environment.

Some of the items include storage boxes, magnifying glasses and camp fire grills.

Caudwells Mill Trust, based in Matlock, has been given a grant of £200 to support a major project to preserve a Grade II listed mill.

The money will be used to help with the creation of a special display to educate people on the work being undertaken.

Age UK Bakewell will use £750 to buy two new wheelchairs that will allow people they help to get out and about to appointments and to enjoy special trips.

Carsington Sailability, based near Ashbourne, will use £800 to pay for improvement work that will allow better access for wheelchair and walking aid users looking to use changing rooms and showers.

Robert Needham, from the club, said: “This grant is very welcome as it will help us greatly improve access to and from the water particularly for wheelchair users but also for anyone for whom the present sideways sloping and uneven path creates problems.”

Jog Oakwood, based in Ripley, has been handed £500 to pay for items such as first aid kits, body worn torches and hi-viz jackets in an effort to get people in the community fit and active.

A grant of £820 will be used by 4th Bolsover Scouts to pay for new archery equipment, camping stoves and oil lamps.

Borrowash Victoria under 12s will run out in new kit next season thanks to a grant of £600.

A mower and strimmer will be purchased with a £250 grant by the Chellaston Residents’ Association to help spruce up the local area.

Roy Witheford, treasurer of Chellaston Residents’ Association, said: “We have set up a task group in order to keep the village of Chellaston neat and tidy. We have taken on certain gardening and tidying jobs to improve the appearance of our environment.”

Youngsters in Belper will soon be able to enjoy a range of activities on two wheels following a grant of nearly £1,000.

The money will be used by Kilburn Junior School to pay for new bikes and helmets to support a series of afterschool and weekend events based around cycling and outdoor pursuits.

A charity launched to help people manage their finances and make informed decisions has been given a £500 grant.

Release Financial Charity, based in South Normanton, offers training and education in personal finance matters.

It will use the donation to pay for new equipment such as mobile phones and laptops to support its Budget Buddies volunteer scheme, which will help people aged 16 to 65.

A group designed to promote disability awareness – Accessible Belper - is set to use a £400 grant to pay for portable ramps that can be loaned out across the area to help people in need and improve the experience for disabled people and their families who live or visit Belper.
Derbyshire Refugee Solidarity will use £500 to talk about the work it does to support refugees in the city as part of Peace Week in Derby later this year.

Alvaston Baptist Scouts now has six new tents for exciting camping trips thanks to a £900 grant.

Carlyle Infant and Nursery School will use £657 to pay for a heated case for its new lifesaving defibrillator.

A total of £570 will be used by RSPCA Chesterfield and North Derbyshire to pay for equipment to allow volunteers to deliver educational workshops.

St Luke’s Church, in Heanor, will use £2,650 to pay for a new heater to ensure the dozens of community groups who use the site keep warm.

Rykneld Bowling Club, in Farley Road, Derby, has been handed £1,250 for new audio and visual equipment to support educational work in the area.

A total of £2,500 has been awarded to the Hope Centre, in Curzon Street, to pay for food, duvets and underwear to help support homeless people in the city.

Terminus Bowling Club, based in Chesterfield, has been granted £1,300 for a new storage shed.

Cinema Middleton will use £1,000 as part of an ambitious project to try and start a community cinema in Matlock.

A total of £2,500 will be used by Horsley Village Hall to help pay for a brand new kitchen to support various projects held at the community centre.

Grants of between £100 and £5,000 are handed out every three months to a wide range of applicants.

The fund guarantees that at least one per cent of the Society’s trading profit is reinvested in local communities in a bid to help projects to thrive across its trading area of 16 counties from the Midlands to the east coast.

People can apply for funding by visiting https://communities.centralengland.coop/

Becoming a member of Central England Co-operative offers a whole host of benefits ranging from collecting points every time you spend in store to earn a share of the profits, access to members activities and community initiatives including the Community Dividend Fund, which hands out grants of up to £5,000 to charities and good causes across the Society’s trading estate.

Find out how to become a Central England Co-operative member by calling 0800 0501 601, emailing members@centralengland.coop or visiting https://www.members.coop


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