Burton mental health charity handed major funding boost thanks to Central England Co-op

A charity which provides vital support to people trying to experience better mental health has been awarded a £2,600 funding boost from Central England Co-operative.

Burton and District Mind, based in Branston Road, has been handed £2,600 to buy sofas, chairs and tables to revamp its group therapy room.

The room is used to provide group work sessions and relaxation classes for anyone in the area who is experiencing emotional distress or mental health difficulties.

The idea behind revamping the room is to make sure that visitors feel safe to talk about and share difficult and distressing issues.

Lynne Barrell, centre manager at Burton and District Mind, said: “We provide mental health support to anyone over 18 years of age (with no upper age limit) living in East Staffordshire.

“Our main base is in Burton and we operate six days per week and evenings through face-to-face counselling, telephone and email. In 2018 we supported over 3,300 individuals within our local community.

“Central England Co-operative has kindly helped us to replace some much needed upholstery in our counselling rooms.

“As our rooms are used for face to face counselling, it is important that our clients feel safe and comfortable to work through difficult and at times distressing issues.

“This grant will enable us to refurbish two of our many counselling rooms to a really comfortable standard.”

The charity was one of 24 good causes across 16 counties to share a payout of £42,000.

Grants of between £100 and £5,000 are handed out every three months to a wide range of applicants.

The fund guarantees that at least one per cent of the Society’s trading profit is reinvested in local communities in a bid to help projects to thrive across its trading area of 16 counties from the Midlands to the east coast.

People can apply for funding by visiting https://communities.centralengland.coop/

Central England Co-operative Store Manager Rhianne McLean said: “We are delighted that these great projects and good causes have been handed a grant for the fantastic work they do in the community.

“Community Dividend Fund grants like this showcase how by being a member and shopping at your local Central England Co-op store allows us as a Society to continue to invest and fund vital projects in the area.”

Becoming a member of Central England Co-operative offers a whole host of benefits ranging from collecting points every time you spend in store to earn a share of the profits, access to members activities and community initiatives including the Community Dividend Fund, which hands out grants of up to £5,000 to charities and good causes across the Society’s trading estate.

Find out how to become a Central England Co-operative member by calling 0800 0501 601, emailing members@centralengland.coop or visiting https://www.members.coop

 

Notes to editors

 

Picture caption: Members of Burton and District Mind celebrated being handed their grant from the Central England Co-operative Community Dividend Fund.

 

About Central England Co-operative

 

Central England Co-operative is one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK. 

 

It is a modern, forward-looking organisation employing over 8,000 staff, with the Society’s principal areas of activity being food, funeral services, travel shops, and property investment.

 

Central England Co-operative has over 400 trading outlets across 16 counties including; West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.  The Society has an ambitious food store development programme for 2018.

 

Central England Co-operative is proud of its reputation for ethical business practices and corporate responsibility.  It is a member of Business in the Community, the membership organisation that stands for responsible business, and has also won many business awards for excellence.  The Society supports a number of charities including Dementia UK and invests a percentage of its trading profit into local communities.

 

Becoming a member of Central England Co-operative offers a whole host of benefits ranging from collecting points every time you spend in store to earn a share of the profits, access to members activities and community initiatives including the Community Dividend Fund, which hands out grants of up to £5,000 to charities and good causes across the Society’s trading estate.

Find out how to become a Central England Co-operative member by calling 0800 0501 601, emailing members@centralengland.coop or visiting https://www.members.coop

 

For more information visit www.centralengland.coop, follow Central England Co-operative on Twitter: @mycoopfood, and on Facebook: facebook.com/centralenglandcooperative

 

Rob Smyth at Central England Co-operative on 01543 414140

 

Email –publicrelations@centralengland.coop