From Stewart Aitken, Coop member pioneer –
Each year, in each of the areas they have food stores, the Coop partners with three local organisations to be their main local causes for a year – in this way, a pecentage of Coop’s members’ shopping is returned for community activities and services.
Digital platform showcases local groups
As part of the Coop’s committment to their communites , we have, during the lockdown period, created an information sharing digital platform https://co-operate.coop.co.uk, where groups can sign up and promote what they do – and where the general public can then see what is going on in their local area. This could be classes or sports to take part in, services across care, health and community events or volunteering opportunities.
To encourage the use of the site and enabling greater information sharing and availabiltiy, groups are now required to be signed up to the site before being considered for a grant or any level of support from the Coop. The form should only take about 10 mins to complete and the more groups that use it then the greater potential for more public use.
If you have any questions about the fund and other support from the Coop please contact the Coop’s local member pioneer for Stonehaven who makes the connection between the business outlets and communtiy groups. Details are: Stewart Aitken, Coop Member Pioneer, Stonehaven, firstname.lastname@example.org, 07971030291.Twitter: @CoopStn
For an overview of the priorities and processes for the community fund please click on the link coop local community fund.