Local causes to share Co-op funding
Community groups are set to share a funding boost after the Co-op welcomed the latest beneficiaries to its Local Community Fund. In this area, 24 causes are will benefit, including Belford Arts Festival and Wooler Young People’s Association. Last year, 23 groups shared £76,965.
Co-op members, receive a five per cent reward for themselves with a further one per cent going to local causes when they buy own-brand products. Members can decide how the money is allocated, and are encouraged to select the causes they wish to support online.
Recent figures from the Charity Commission show that 40 per cent of all charities survive on an income of less than £10,000, meaning that the funding raised by Co-op members will have a significant impact on the difference causes can make in their community.
Rebecca Birkbeck, Director of Community Engagement at the Co-op, said: “The more people shop, the more we share, and the more impact we can have in communities. People can get involved by becoming a member, swiping their card, and choosing the cause they want to support. By choosing their local cause, our members are telling us what really matters in their communities.
“Last year we invested £19 million in over 4,000 groups UK-wide, supporting a wide range of initiatives from village halls and community spaces to skills initiatives and neighbourhood watch schemes, all of which are helping to make communities across the UK safer, happier, and healthier places to live.”
The beneficiaries in this area are:
Alexas Animals Dog Rescue
Chester Bears Swarland Pre-School
Mind and Sole
Belford Arts Festival
Friends of Belford First School
5th Berwick Upon Tweed Guide Unit
Chirnside Junior Football Club
Berwick Cricket & Sports Club
Coldstream First Rainbows
Coldstream Playgroup & Toddlers
Coldstream Christmas Lights
Duns Countdown 2000 Community Lights
Duns & District Mens Shed
Duns Swimming Pool
Cockburnspath/Coldingham/Eyemouth First Responders
Sea the Change
Friends of Eyemouth Primary School
Busy Bees Seahouses CIC Ltd
Seahouses & District Cancer Research & Relief Fund
Wooler Young Peoples Association
1st Wooler BP Scout Group
Wooler Parish Council