By April Armstrong, Local Community Fund Manager

This November, we’re celebrating the difference our members have made in their local communities by shopping with us. Our Payout celebration is an opportunity for us to showcase how we do things differently at our Co-op, and the Local Community Fund is a great example of how we put our co-operative values and principles in to practice, when our communities need it most.

The Local Community Fund will help a further 4,500 community projects across the UK which are focused on our community missions; access to food, mental wellbeing support and education, and employment for young people.

Between 10 – 30 November there are lots of opportunities for you to join!

Celebrate with an exclusive member deal

All colleague members will be able to select a bonus offer via the ​Co-op App and get £1 off a bottle of Scalini Prosecco 75cl and Fox’s Fabulously 550g ​between 10 to  30 November.  We’ll also donate £1 to the Local Community Fund for every product bought with the offer.

We want this offer to also help encourage Co-op customers to become Co-op members. The more people who become members, the more money we can raise for our new round of local causes. ​So, share the deal with family and friends and encourage them to become members!

If you’re not already a colleague member of our Co-op, check out our colleague membership page to find out how easy it is to earn rewards for you and your community and select a cause.

Celebrate on social media

Login to the Social Hub from Wednesday 10 November to share content about the exclusive member offer and Payout Celebration across your own social media channels.

Join the virtual party

From Tuesday 16 November, step into a virtual party on your mobile device via the Social Hub. You’ll be able to release virtual balloons to find out how local causes in your community have been supported by Co-op members over the last year. ​

Once you’ve finished popping the balloons, share the content on your social media channels to celebrate all the local causes we’ve been able to support together!

Recognising our local causes

Colleagues from our food stores and funeral homes will be hosting local causes, bringing to life the difference that the money raised by our members makes in their community between 18 – 20 November. Keep your eyes peeled for those supersized cheques!

This year, we’ll be celebrating the fact that over the last five years, we’ve raised an incredible amount to support local communities across the UK. Not just through the Local Community Fund but through other initiatives such as our Community Partnership Fund, our fundraising activity and our support for Co-op Academy students.

We’ll be revealing this amazing figure closer to the time. We’re incredibly proud of our members, colleagues and customers for supporting local communities and we can’t wait for everyone to celebrate with us!