Central England Co-op partners with Blaby District Council for ground-breaking scheme to get food and essentials to vulnerable people

Central England Co-op has teamed up with Blaby District Council to launch a ground-breaking project aimed at getting vital food and essentials to vulnerable members of the local community.

The retailer will link up with council workers to create a community hub at its Whetstone Food Store.

Blaby District Council will then identify vulnerable community members, gather orders and pass them onto the store. Central England Co-op colleagues will then create a package and take payment from the customer over the phone before the council delivers the goods.

The launch of this project comes after the scheme was successfully trialled in Lichfield, Stafford, Derby and Burton. It has already helped deliver over 650 parcels in just four weeks.

The rollout of the project in Leicestershire is part of plan to create similar projects based out of Central England Co-op community hub stores across the 16 counties it trades in and even farther afield on a national scale.

Debbie Robinson, Chief Executive of Central England Co-op, said: “Co-operation is key to our communities coming together during this uncertain time and this is why we have linked up with Blaby District Council to launch this pioneering scheme during this uncertain time.

“This unique project will see the council contact vulnerable people in the community and work with us to deliver food and essentials to them.

“This is a great example of communities and organisations coming together at a time of need and creating a solution that will make a difference.

“Our schemes in Lichfield, Stafford, Derby and Burton have been and continue to be a great success. This is why we have now been able to launch in Leicestershire with our great partners Blaby District Council to help more people in the local area.

“We have further plans in place to rapidly roll this out across other locations to make sure we support as many people as we can in the coming weeks.”

Councillor Sharon Coe, Health, Wellbeing and Regulatory Services Portfolio Holder at the district council, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be working in partnership with Central England Co-op.  Our priority is to support the vulnerable during the Covid-19 outbreak and this arrangement will ensure that we can quickly get food to those desperately in need during these difficult times”



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Picture caption: Central England Co-op launches new food scheme to help the vulnerable with Blaby District Council.


About Central England Co-operative


Central England Co-operative is one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK with interests in food, funeral, floral, travel and property investment.


Co-operatives have always been there for their communities; they were formed to protect them and help them flourish. 


Our 7,900 colleagues serve Members and customers work hard to ensure that co-operative values, principles and spirit flow through everything we do to help support and improve our local communities.


Owned by hundreds of thousands of Members, we have over 430 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. 


We are proud of our reputation for ethical business practices and corporate responsibility.


We invest a percentage of our trading profit into local communities through our Community Dividend Fund scheme, have donated over £1.3 million to our corporate charity partner Dementia UK and also operate a pioneering food redistribution partnership with FareShare Midlands so unsold food goes to those in need.


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