Burton food bank handed boost following hundreds of donations at Women’s Voices Event

Hundreds of items of food and toiletries were collected as part of a special event held to celebrate female empowerment and equality.

To celebrate International Women’s Day, the fifth Co-operative Women’s Voices Event saw prominent women from across the Midlands come together at the National Memorial Arboretum, in Alrewas, to take part in a range of seminars, workshops and roundtables tackling a range of subjects and, for the first time, donate items as part of a special food bank appeal.

The food and toiletries were collected up and handed over to representatives from Burton Salvation Army to help create vital support packs for people in need across the local area.

Among the speakers at the event were former MP Hazel Blears and Central England Co-op Chief Executive Debbie Robinson.

Topics discussed included diversity and inclusion, work life balance, technology and social media and plastics.

Elaine Dean, Central England Co-operative President and one of the event organisers, said: “Over 120 people attended the event and we hope all felt inspired to go away, fulfil their true potential and be their one true self.”

The event also included a display of a unique project that was created to mark 100 years since women received the vote in the form of 50 life-size cut outs created by local people.



Notes to editors

Picture caption: Women from across the Midlands came together to take part in the Co-operative Women’s Voices Event at the National Memorial Arboretum.

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, travel shops, and property investment.


Central England Co-operative has over 430 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 2020.


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 several 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.

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