New film showcases vital project in South Derbyshire aimed at helping homeless people
A special film has been created to showcase a South Derbyshire project launched to provide a vital breakfast and laundry club for homeless people in the area.
Last year, Central England Co-op provided £4,160 from its Community Dividend Fund to support South Derbyshire Mental Health Association, based at Bank House, in Alexandra Road, Swadlincote.
The grant paid for items such as a washing machine and tumble dryer, washing supplies and toiletries.
The free project now sees the centre open an hour earlier each day to allow people to use the vital equipment and supplies.
Now it is up and running, Central England Co-op returned to take a look at the project in action and to speak to the people who ensure this vital service is now on offer for people in need.
Jon Shillabeer, from the project, said: “Bank House is a free to access drop-in centre for any adult with any mental health issue. We currently see between 30 to 60 people on a daily basis and our age range is 17 to 91.
“The project is one that is aimed at people who are homeless or who have a chaotic lifestyle and who might not have washing or cooking facilities at home.
“We wanted to open an hour early every day to allow people to have some breakfast, have a wash and wash their clothes.
“Then, when these issues have been addressed, we can start to help them look at other problems they might be facing.
“Since we launched the project it has been well received and is growing by the day.
“A project of this size and scale obviously needs funding and we first became aware of the Community Dividend Fund after seeing a post on Facebook.
“One of our fund-raising volunteers is a member of Central England Co-op and so we put together a proposal.
“It was a simple process online. We explained the project, what we needed and the potential impact it could have in the local area.
“The grant from the Community Dividend Fund was a massive boost and it gave us the security of being able to go and buy the supplies needed to ensure this vital project could go ahead.
“We are a great example of how a grant like this can go a long way to helping people in need.”
People can see first-hand the impact the project has had by watching a specially created film at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2arCInFk_c
The roll-out of the project comes just a matter of months after the vital centre was saved from closure after it secured funding for it to continue running for another three years.
In the past 12 months, the Society has donated over £14,000 to seven good causes and charities in Burton and South Derbyshire.
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.
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.
Notes to editors
Picture caption: Jon Shillabeer, from South Derbyshire Mental Health Association, based at Bank House, in Alexandra Road, Swadlincote, is part of a new film which highlights how a Central England Co-op grant has supported a vital project.
Embed code: Please use the link below to use the film on your website or social media channels.
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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.
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