Co-op boost for causes in Deeside

Co-op members can choose which cause they support
Co-op members can choose which cause they support

Community projects in Deeside are set to share in a major funding boost.

It comes as the Co-op announces the latest causes to benefit from its Local Community Fund.

A total of 27 groups have been chosen and these include the parent council of Finzean School and Ballogie Nursery, GCRA (Grampian Cardiac Rehabilitation Association) and Aboyne Gymnastics and Trampoline Club.

They are poised to receive vital funding to deliver local projects in their community.

In November last year, 27 causes in Deeside shared £77,000.

The organisations directly benefit from members trading with their Co-op across its food and funeral business areas.

In addition to the personal benefits they receive for themselves, one per cent of the purchase value also goes into the local community fund pot.

Members can decide how the money is allocated and are encouraged to select the causes they wish to support online.

Nick Crofts, president of the Co-op Council, whose representatives are voted for by the millions of members it represents, said: “As a member-owned business with a presence in every community across the UK, the Co-op is continuing to create value for millions of members and thousands of local causes.

“By becoming a Co-op member not only are you receiving great personal rewards and benefits, you are directly helping to support vital community groups in your area.”

Rebecca Birkbeck, director of community and shared value at the Co-op, added: “Thanks to our members since 2016 more than £56 million has been raised for over 16,000 causes that make a real difference in their local communities.

“Whether it is by protecting and improving community spaces, helping people reach their full potential by developing their skills, or promoting health and wellbeing, the money generated by our Local Community Fund changes lives in communities across UK.”