By Naomi Hayes, Community Mission Manager (Wellbeing)

A big thank you goes out to our incredible colleagues in food stores, depots, funeral homes and offices who’ve helped us reach the half way point of our £6m target for Mind, SAMH and Inspire. Thanks to you and the £3m raised, pilot services are currently being run in communities across the UK to test the role of community and resilience in mental wellbeing.

We caught up with Straight Lyrics, No Gimmicks in Lambeth, who are supporting young black men through lyric writing, and Let’s Talk, Glasgow, who are supporting young people including those who have been recently bereaved, to find out how they are supporting the local community’s mental wellbeing and how our partnership is helping them.

Supporting you and your community

The pandemic has had a huge impact on mental wellbeing. More than half of adults (60%) and over two thirds of young people (68%) have said their mental health has got worse or deteriorated during lockdown. That’s why fair access to mental wellbeing remains a key mission in our vision of Co-operating for a fairer world.

Thank you for continuing to raise funds

Due to lockdown, there is currently no expectation of colleagues to fundraise, however if you and your team would still like to, as we know it can be really helpful to wellbeing and morale, our charity partners are on hand to support and have put together some coronavirus-safe fundraising ideas you might like to try. You can contact the fundraising team at  

If you’re looking to get active in Lockdown 3.0 then feel free to join Co-op’s Food Exec challenge. They’re aiming to walk, run, cycle or row their way to 12,500 miles. Anyone can get involved, all you need to do is download Strava and join the collective community group here. It’s about having fun but you can also raise funds for MindSAMH and Inspire

If you need help with your mental wellbeing you can also:

  • Call Lifeworks for support on our confidential 24/7 Employee Assistance Programme on 0800 069 8854
  • Visit for details of the support available via our charity partners’ websites and helplines

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  1. £3 million raised and £3 million to go and we can absolutely do this for such an amazing set of charities supporting and improving the mental wellbeing of those who need it. A huge well done to everyone!

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