Central England Co-op donates £45,000 to boost 40 charity and community projects

Forty projects are celebrating after sharing £45,000 in the latest payout from Central England Co-operative’s Community Dividend Fund.

A wide range of groups, organisations and charities were handed grants, with a total of £45,000 handed out to 40 good causes across 16 counties.

The Abbeyfield Society, in Nottingham, will use the maximum grant of £5,000 to pay for a specialist piece of equipment to aid people with dementia.

The charity provides residential care for older people and is dedicated to alleviating loneliness and isolation.

Fears over child safety near to All Saint’s Primary School, in Alrewas, will be soon put to rest following a £1,580 grant.

The money will be used to pay for high visibility jackets as part of a project to teach pupils all about the importance of road safety.

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.

Market Harborough Home-Start South will use £2,960 to buy a large HD screen and speakers to support the creation of a special facility to work with parents and young children who care facing challenging circumstances.

St Mary’s Church, in Lichfield, will soon be more accessible for all after being handed a grant of £2,000 to pay for an induction hearing loop and sound desk.

A project designed to bring men together to build strong relationships, combat loneliness and provide support in times of need has been given a £4,000 funding boost.

Lowestoft Men’s Shed will use the grant to continue its work in providing people with the chance to pursue hobbies, share skills and socialise.

In 2017, a total of 122 groups and organisations shared £209,000 to spend on a wide variety of projects.

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.

Martyn Cheatle, Chief Executive of Central England Co-operative, said: “The Community Dividend Fund reflects a key principle of our society, in that we reward the loyalty of our customers by investing in and supporting local communities.

“I would like to urge all of our members to get in touch and put forward a community cause close to their heart for the Community Dividend Fund scheme.”

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

 

Notes to editors

 

Picture caption: Group members celebrated being handed their grant from the Central England Co-operative Community Dividend Fund.

 

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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