Eleven projects in Leicestershire share £11,000 thanks to Central England Co-op community fund

Eleven projects in Leicestershire are celebrating after sharing £11,295 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 £42,000 handed out to 36 good causes across 16 counties.

South Leicestershire Mobile Toy Library will be soon filled a wide range of new items thanks to a £1,000 grant.

Liz Keenan, from South Leicestershire Mobile Toy Library, said: “We are delighted that the Central England Co-op Community Dividend Fund has decided to support the work of the toy library.

“We support children with disabilities and additional needs by lending them toys that bring them enjoyment and help with their early years development.

“The money that we have been awarded will enable us to buy a fantastic selection of new sensory toys meaning that more children can benefit from our service.”

East West Community Centre has been handed £1,000 to help improve access at its allotments for a group with disabilities who are wheelchair based.

TwentyTwenty, which supports disadvantaged young people in work, has been handed £1,850 for special tablets.

Joanna Burrows, Community Fundraiser for TwentyTwenty, said: “TwentyTwenty works across the East Midlands to turn around the lives of the most vulnerable, disaffected young people who have fallen through the net.

“The young people who come to us are living without hope, in the most deprived neighbourhoods across the area, many from families who are now third or fourth generation unemployed.

“We are extremely grateful to the Central England Coop for this brilliant donation.”

Raising Health, a charity which supports the work of the NHS in Leicestershire, has been handed £1,195 to buy a new multi-gym to help people recovering from mental illness.

Tilton Playing Field Group will use £500 to buy metal framed goalposts after a previous plastic version was damaged beyond repair by vandals.

Charnwood Table Tennis Club will use £600 to buy a brand new table for competitors.

A total of £1,200 has been handed to Melton Mowbray and District Scout Council to pay for new chairs to support ongoing events at its camp site in the area.

Amateur dramatics society Whetstone Drama Group, based in Desford, will spend £1,400 on brand new lights to help bring future performances to life.

ADAPT Prembabies, in Hinckley, supports parents and families of premature and poorly babies. They have been £500 to buy vital supplies such as nappies and wipes.

Budding young footballers at Harborough Town Under 13s will soon be taking to the field in new kits thanks to a £650 grant.

Scraptoft Players have been handed £1,400 to pay for new sound equipment to continue public performances which raise funds for charity.

Ashby Food Store Manager Rhianne McLean said: “We are delighted that these great projects and good causes have been handed a grant for the fantastic work they do in the community.

“Community Dividend Fund grants like this showcase how being a member and continuing to support Central England Co-op helps us as a Society continue to invest and fund vital projects in the local area.”

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

 

Notes to editors

Picture caption: Members of groups in Leicestershire 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, 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 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 at Central England Co-operative on 01543 414140

 

Email –publicrelations@centralengland.coop



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