Three groups in Stafford share nearly £2,000 to boost community projects
Central England Co-operative can today reveal that it has helped change the lives of three groups and charities in Stafford – by donating nearly £2,000 from its Community Dividend Fund in 2018.
A diverse range of projects were handed a funding boost during the past 12 months, with the largest single amount given being £5,000.
In total, 152 organisations spread out across 16 counties shared a funding pot of £187,000.
In Stafford, a Child of Mine will use £1,000 to continue to run its sunshine and rainbows group, a playgroup for parents and children who have lost a child.
This is a monthly group for parents to meet and receive emotional support while their children play in a safe environment.
The money will be spent on craft supplies for the youngsters and refreshments for the parents.
Trans-Staffordshire, based in Stone, is a support group launched to help prevent isolation and loneliness for the transgender community.
The organisation has been handed £400 for a new laptop and printer that will allow it to provide training and support for schools and colleges across Staffordshire.
Friends of Victoria Park has been handed £470 to pay for two gazebos and tables to raise awareness of and celebrate it as a leisure and educational attraction.
Everyone from schools and churches to support groups and volunteer organisations benefited from the fund that 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 from the Midlands to the East Coast.
Martyn Cheatle, Chief Executive of Central England Co-operative, said: “We have handed out £187,000 to projects in our communities in 2018 – with £6,000 of that being right here in Burton and South Derbyshire.
“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.
“The scheme helps to benefit a wide variety of projects, with grants between £100 to a £5,000, which will make the communities that we serve a better place for our members to live, work and visit.
“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.”
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Picture caption: Awardees were all smiles after picking up their Community Dividend Fund cheques in 2018.
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.
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Rob Smyth at Central England Co-operative on 01543 421390