By Laura Brady, Campaign Manager

This week we’re celebrating with local causes up and down the country who’ll be receiving the £17m that members have raised for local causes through the latest round of our Local Community Fund.

I’m excited about the week where thousands of colleagues in our food stores and funeral homes will be celebrating with the local causes that make such an amazing impact in the communities we serve. Celebrations start tomorrow and finish on Saturday, so if you see celebrations in your local Co-op, please join in and find out more about your local cause.

For the first time ever, The Big Co-op Payout is going on tour. If you’re in or around Glasgow (20 Nov), Liverpool (21 Nov), Cardiff (22 Nov) or Southampton (23 Nov) you’ll hopefully see our ‘Big Co-op Payout Bus’. The bus has been created especially for the celebration period and colleagues will be busy visiting local causes in their areas, delivering cheques and having some fun along the way.

Some of our colleagues have already been on the road to get celebrations started, we’ll share more next week when we round up all the great things our colleagues have done to celebrate with their local causes.

Look out on social media for more on The Big Co-op Payout news and please share your celebration stories on your personal social media accounts and on Yammer using #MakingADifference. You can also log in to our new social media hub to find exclusive Payout content for your to share to help you spread the word on the difference we’re making.