Five projects in Cambridgeshire share £4,245 thanks to Central England Co-op community fund

Five projects in Cambridgeshire are celebrating after sharing £4,245 in the latest payout from Central England Co-operative’s Community Dividend Fund.

A wide range of groups, organisations and charities were handed grants, with a total of £42,000 handed out to 36 good causes across 16 counties.

Highfield Littleport Academy caters for youngsters aged two to 19 with severe and complex needs and will use £2,000 to fund new science equipment.

Yvonne Skillern, Head Teacher, said: “The grant will make a huge difference to our students here at Highfield Littleport.

“Having specialist science equipment will mean that our students will be able to access science teaching and learning which would not normally be available in a special school setting.

“It will mean we will be able to forge collaborative learning links with our co-located secondary school in order to maximise our students’ educational experiences." 

The Royal British Legion Sawtry has been given £445 to buy a brand new gazebo to support events aimed at raising funds.

A total of £300 has been spent on new TV monitors by Holme Youth Club, in Peterborough, to keep youngsters entertained, in a safe environment, during bad weather.

Werrington Neighbourhood Council has been handed £500 to pay for equipment to help with the creation of a local wildlife haven.

Ramsey Neighbourhood Trust will use £1,000 to pay for much needed resources including footballs and bibs.

Val Fendley, from Ramsey Neighbourhoods Trust, said: “We are delighted to hear that we are receiving a Community Dividend Fund grant. This award will help us to purchase new equipment for our youth clubs, particularly sports equipment and some new ICT equipment.”

Littleport Food Store Manager Lynne Farrow 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 being a member and continuing to support Central England Co-op helps us as a Society continue to invest and fund vital projects in the local area.”

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/

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 groups in Cambridgeshire 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



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