Group that supports grieving youngsters handed cash boost from Central England Co-op community fund

A unique group that works with youngsters who have lost a loved one has received a welcome boost after being handed a payout from Central England Co-operative’s Community Dividend Fund.
Nelson’s Journey, based in Norwich, applied for the funding in a bid to continue work to support children and young people aged up to 17 years old across Norfolk who have lost a loved one.
They were awarded £1,876 to pay for special books to be produced and sent out to youngsters as part of work to help them deal with grief.

Chief Executive Simon Wright said: “We’re very grateful to Central England Co-operative for supporting Nelson’s Journey’s work with bereaved families at this time.

“Their funding will allow us to provide families with a wide range of special books and publications that they can use at home to support their children following the death of a significant person.

“Our Child Bereavement Support Workers will be able to talk over with bereaved families how best to make use of these resources at home to help their children at difficult times. Thank you so much to the Central England Co-operative for making this work possible.”

The retailer recently announced that it has repurposed its Community Dividend Fund to provide immediate financial support for good causes, groups and charities helping communities deal with the impact of the Coronavirus.

Normally, grants from the fund are handed out four times a year to a wide range of organisations but, during the next four months, it has been decided to hand grants out on a monthly basis to support those suffering financial hardship due to the pandemic and others looking to step in to help those affected. Grants range from £100 to £5,000.

To apply, members will need: name, address, membership number, organisation type, organisation bank account or constitution and to explain what the group does, how the grant will be spent and the specific impact it will have related to COVID-19.

People can find out the full criteria and how to apply for funding by visiting



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Central England Co-operative is one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK with interests in food, funeral, floral, travel and property investment.


Co-operatives have always been there for their communities; they were formed to protect them and help them flourish. 


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We invest a percentage of our trading profit into local communities through our Community Dividend Fund scheme, have donated over £1.3 million to our corporate charity partner Dementia UK and also operate a pioneering food redistribution partnership with FareShare Midlands so unsold food goes to those in need.


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