Last week saw 4,500 local causes receive a payout from Co-op’s Local Community Fund.
Payout day was celebrated across the nation and, while previous years have had celebrations in stores and cause centres, this year celebrations were enjoyed remotely.
Last week we caught up with one of Crewe’s local causes, South Cheshire CLASP, which has been supporting families for 20 years after it started out as an informal meeting group for single mothers, led by Angie Bartlett.
The cause is vital to the community as it runs emotional wellbeing groups for both children and parents, parenting courses and one-to-one support sessions.
These sessions aim not only to help with practicalities, but also to offer a safe and understanding space for lone parent families to chat with staff when they’re under pressure.
The financial support that the cause has received from Co-op Members has been put to good use helping South Cheshire CLASP staff deliver their services to families. The money has also bought emotional wellbeing goody bags, which are packed with nice treats to lift the mood of all those who receive them.
South Cheshire CLASP Chief Executive, Julia Wood, said “We are thrilled to know that Co-op Members have chosen to support us. It helps to spread the word about what we do and who we are, and about the families that need our support on a regular basis.
“The goody bags have been really well received so far and we are looking forward to providing more families with them, particularly as we are not seeing them face-to-face in the same way as we used to."
How does Payout work?
When Co-op Members buy selected Co-op branded products and services, 2p for every pound spent is split between community organisations and local causes.
And it soon adds up. These Members have helped raise £15 million for 4,500 causes this year.
From supporting projects that improve access to food and mental wellbeing, to education and employment opportunities for young people, the Local Community Fund has never been so vital.
If you want to find out about the work of South Cheshire CLASP you can see its website at www.southcheshireclasp.org.uk . The charity is also on Facebook and Twitter.
And to find out more about Co-op Membership, click here.
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