Twenty one groups in the West Midlands share £26,500 to boost community projects
Central England Co-operative can today reveal that it has helped change the lives of 21 groups and charities in the West Midlands – by donating £26,500 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 the West Midlands, West Heath Community Association has used £1,500 items as part of a major kitchen revamp. This will allow the group to open a community café in the near future.
A project designed to help solve the rising issue of homelessness among young people in Birmingham was handed £1,500.
Start Again CIC has used the money to buy new laptops to support work to help people in need get support and accommodation.
West Midlands Powerchair Regional League has spent over £2,000 to buy specialist testing equipment from America to ensure that everyone is playing within the rules before they head into competition.
David Lewis, from the league, said: “We were delighted by this news and the funding we received. It has enabled us to buy some much needed equipment that will help young people with a physical disability to develop and achieve their full potential playing powerchair football.”
A total of £500 was used by Better Understanding of Dementia for Sandwell (BUDS) to support people and their families impacted by dementia.
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 £26,500 of that being right here in the West Midlands.
“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.
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 421390