Young carers in Derbyshire celebrated at special Easter holiday event at Chesterfield Football Club

Posted by james brindle | Published: 20/04/2022

A special event has been held to celebrate young carers in Derbyshire and thank them for the selfless work they have done to care for loved ones, particularly during the Covid 19 pandemic.

The Celebration of Care event was organised jointly by Central England Co-op’s Northern Membership and Community Council (MCC) and the Derbyshire Carers’ Association (DCA) and was held at Chesterfield Football Club.

Among the entertainment for the youngsters who attended was a tour of the football stadium, music from the Ireland Colliery Chesterfield Brass Band and Central England Co-op Florists were on hand to help the children make their own floral arrangements.

Central England Co-op Vice President Elaine Dean welcomed everyone to the event and there were also speakers from DCA and the Nottinghamshire Carers Association, as well as a Central England Co-op colleague talking to the young carers about the benefits of work experience and their journey from doing work experience to becoming a store manager.

Tanya Noon, Northern Member and Community Relations Officer at Central England Co-op, said the event was an opportunity to thank the young carers for their selfless work for their loved ones and hopefully give them a bit of an Easter holiday treat.

She said: “We were really proud to be able to welcome so many fantastic young people to the event at Chesterfield Football Club to celebrate all they do in caring for their loved ones and I hope they enjoyed the activities that were on offer.

“We can only imagine how tough the last two years have been for all young people, but for those who have also taken on caring responsibilities during those uncertain times it must have been so challenging.

“I would like to thank everyone who came along, Derbyshire Carers Association for joining us to organise the event and Chesterfield Football Club for their wonderful hospitality.”

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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 with interests in food, funeral, floral and property investment.

Owned by hundreds of thousands of members, its over 8,000 colleagues serve customers across 400 plus trading sites in 20 counties in the East and West Midlands, Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.

Its purpose is to inspire communities to create a sustainable Society for all.

It actively campaigns for the Government to increase sentencing for violent attacks on retail workers and works with FareShare Midlands and hundreds of food banks, generating enough food donations to create over 2.1 million meals for people in need.

The Society embraces inclusivity and equality and is a signed-up member to the Business in the Community (BITC) Race at Work Charter, while it is also fully committed to addressing the impact of climate change and is on track to be Carbon Neutral by 2030. 

It invests a percentage of its trading profit into local communities through its Community Dividend Fund scheme which has seen over £175,000 shared out between 116 good causes over the past 12 months.

Central England Co-op was named Leading Co-op of the Year by Co-operatives UK in 2021.

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