By April Armstrong, Local Giving Manager
We’ve got great news – our members have raised an incredible £17.3m for nearly 4,500 local causes through the latest round of the Local Community Fund, which has just come to an end.
From today, you’ll see the £17m figure being highlighted on our TV ad showcasing the Local Community Fund as one of our key differentiators.
Thank you to all our colleague members from across all our businesses who’ve shopped with us. Through your 1% and money raised from the single use carrier bag levy, the money causes are set to receive will help them make a positive difference in their communities – you can read about one of our causes below.
We’ve got some really exciting things planned for The Big Co-op Payout which is taking place between 20-23 November, with colleagues in our stores and funeral homes celebrating alongside causes.
Case study – Looking after our local community’s physical and mental wellbeing
My name is Gill and I’m the Director of Martineau Gardens , which is based near the city centre in Birmingham. We work all year to support adults and young people living with a range of physical and mental health issues. The money we’ll receive from the Local Community Fund will enable us to enhance our Therapeutic Horticulture placements.
We’re a bit of a green oasis for people who live in the city to come and visit and volunteer. Our staff work with a mix of people through our Therapeutic Horticulture programme so that everyone who volunteers on the programme is contributing to the best of their ability, and learning about plants, the environment and each other.
Through our policy of allowing volunteers to attend for as long as they need, a closely-knit community of individuals has grown from the Therapeutic Horticulture programme. This has allowed many vulnerable volunteers to build a sense of belonging at their own pace. Many of our volunteers experience multiple challenges and disabilities, so this approach is vital to ensure that each volunteer’s needs are met.
The money we’re about to receive from the Co-op’s Local Community Fund, will really help us continue to offer 80 placements a year to adults from Greater Birmingham, many of whom have mental health issues, learning disabilities, brain injuries and/or live with Autism Spectrum Disorder. These volunteers maintain our beautiful gardens and help to ensure they remain open to the public free of charge.
It’s amazing what can be achieved simply by being a Co-op Member, thank you!
The next round of causes are all linked to skills, wellbeing and spaces – the key areas of focus for Co-operate 2022 – please log into your account now to choose the local cause you want to support in your area for the next year.