Budding film stars in Burton given helping hand thanks to £2,700 Co-op grant

Youngsters from a Burton drama school have been honing their skills in front and behind the camera thanks to a £2,700 grant from Central England Co-op.

StageScreen, which is based at the Burton Albion Community Hub, in Grange Street, works with children under the age of 18 to train them in a variety of skills related to acting, musical theatre and film.

The grant was made possible thanks to the Society’s Western Membership and Community Council and has been used to purchase a variety of equipment to allow youngsters of all ages to do everything involved with producing movies including acting, filming and editing.

Heather Gallagher, from StageScreen, said: “We are thrilled that we received funding from the Central England Co-op.

“It allowed our students to create some great short films based on the values and principles of the Co-op.

“They created their own scripts, story boards and helped behind the camera as well as being in front of it.”

The Society runs six regional Membership & Community Councils across 16 counties, which are made up of Co-op members who are passionate about their community and want to make a difference within it.

Each council is given funding and support by the Society to organise activities and events ranging from keep fit and gardening to educational visits, school workshops and dance classes.

James Knight, Member and Community Relations Officer, said: “The Co-operative has a long tradition of giving back to the community, and we welcome the opportunity to make a real difference to the lives and education of local people.

“It is really important to have strong links with the local community and I am proud the Western Membership and Community Council were able to support StageScreen with this grant.

“It has allowed youngsters to further their education in the arts in a fun and safe environment.”

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

More details about StageScreen can be found online at http://stagescreen.co.uk/ and the films created by youngsters as a result of the grant can be viewed by heading to YouTube and searching for ‘StageScreenUK’.

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About Central England Co-operative

Central England Co-operative is one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK. 

 

It is a modern, forward-looking organisation employing over 8,000 staff, with the Society’s principal areas of activity being food, funeral services, and property investment.

 

Central England Co-operative has over 400 trading outlets across 16 counties including; West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.  The Society has an ambitious food store development programme for 2018.

 

Central England Co-operative is proud of its reputation for ethical business practices and corporate responsibility.  It is a member of Business in the Community, the membership organisation that stands for responsible business, and has also won many business awards for excellence.  The Society supports a number of charities including Dementia UK and invests a percentage of its trading profit into local communities.

 

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

 

For more information visit www.centralengland.coop, follow Central England Co-operative on Twitter: @mycoopfood, and on Facebook: facebook.com/centralenglandcooperative

 

Rob Smyth / Heather Clapton at Central England Co-operative on 01543 414140

 

Email –publicrelations@centralengland.coop



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