Central England Co-op Supports Music Workshops with £500 Grant to Get Pupils Ready to Rock

Central England Co-op is supporting a music programme for year Key Stage 2 pupils with a £500 grant to encourage children to be inspired by music.

The ten-week music programme for year four, five and six pupils is taking place at Somerlea Park Junior School, Bank St, Somercotes, Alfreton.

All of the instruments and other necessary equipment is provided for the 10-week course, which gives up to 34 children who may have no previous experience of playing an instrument the opportunity to learn during each 45-minute session.

The choice of instruments available is designed to appeal to 8-11 year-olds who want to get ready to rock. Participants can choose from the electric guitar, electric bass guitar, keyboard or ukelele.

Making and performing music has many benefits including boosting brain functions, speech, memory, motor skills and self-esteem. The aim at the end of the 10-week course, is that the participants will be able to play a song together as a band and perform in front of an audience of pupils and parents.

Tanya Noon, Central England Co-operative Membership and Community Relations Officer for the Northern Region said: “This programme of music workshops helps to get children excited about music and gives them an opportunity to develop their confidence and learn a new skill. The Membership and Community Council was delighted to award the £500 grant to support this programme.”


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Picture caption: Fleet Arts’ Music Development Coordinator Loz Shaw, Central England Co-operative’s Tanya Noon and Philip Fee and pupils Lily, Josie, Fynn-Lee, Jamie and Chantelle get Ready 2 Rock at Somerlea Park Junior School in workshops supported by a grant from Central England Co-operative.

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 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 2019.

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 and James Brindle at Central England Co-operative on 01543 421390

Email – publicrelations@centralengland.coop