Seven groups across Leicestershire handed £13,050 funding boost thanks to Central England Co-op

Two school in Leicestershire looking to teach youngsters and their parents about healthy eating were among several groups in Leicestershire who have shared a £13,050 community grant thanks to Central England Co-operative.

Seven organisations and charities shared the payout, with a total of over £44,000 handed out to 30 good causes across 16 counties.

Fosse Primary School, in Balfour Street, Leicester, has been awarded £5,000 to pay for a new kitchen for parents and their children to cook in.

It is hoped the new cooking area will allow families from deprived backgrounds, as well as different cultures and ethnicities, to come together to learn more about producing healthy and affordable meals.

A total of £4,000 will pay for a greenhouse and chicken coop at Meadowside Primary School, in Market Harborough, to encourage children to learn more about growing food and the outdoors.

Bookworms visiting Ibstock Community Library were left jumping for joy after the Melbourne Road facility was handed £1,000 to pay for a range of new books that cater for people with dyslexia.

The Broughton Astley branch of the Royal British Legion will have a new £1,000 gazebo thanks to the Community Dividend Fund to help raise funds for the Poppy Appeal in the local area.

Chris Shuter, Branch Chairman, said: “The funds will be used towards the purchase of a gazebo for use at local shows and fundraising events in the Broughton Astley area.

“With the procurement of these items we will be able to greatly enhance our fundraising capability to the benefit of our servicemen and women and their families as well as our great veterans living locally.”

Market Harborough Academy will improve its outdoor area with a shed thanks to a £1,000 grant.

Ellistown Football Club will use £900 to fund new play equipment to keep youngsters entertained while their siblings take to the pitch.

Desford Good Neighbours will used £150 to support people in need across the community with tasks ranging from getting to appointments to form filling.

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 Leicestershire 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 2019.

 

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 member 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 and James Brindle at Central England Co-operative on 01543 421390

 

Email –publicrelations@centralengland.coop