Central Co-op Supports 32 charities and good causes with £27,750 in latest Community Dividend Fund

Posted by sam bishop | Published: 10/01/2023

Central Co-op has revealed that its Community Dividend Fund has awarded £27,750 to 32 charities and good causes, supporting communities with access to food, health and wellbeing, inclusion and the environment. 

As part of the Fund, groups can apply for between £100 to £5,000 every two months to support all manner of projects. All details on the Community Dividend Fund can be found on the Central Co-op site. 

Included among the recipients is Beyond the Horizon in Billesley, providing play therapy and counselling to young people who have experienced domestic abuse, bereavement, and family separation. Along with therapists, this fund is supporting creative resources for young people, clinical supervision costs, and travel costs of the therapist travelling to different areas.  

“This festive season has seen so many incredible causes apply for the Community Dividend Fund,” commented our Society Secretary, Andy Seddon. “The fund benefits communities across our operating area, and as we head into 2023 we will continue our support for meaningful causes. Winter has been a tough time for many, and we’re honoured to be able to make a difference in our communities.” 

For further details, head to the Central Co-op website, Facebook, and Twitter. 


CARESCO, Sawtry - £500 – Supporting the local community, with funds supporting running costs 

Colne Caring Community 3C's – £1,000 – Storage shed and four raised beds for community project reducing loneliness  

Diamond Hampers CIC, Huntingdon - £500 – Food support for local communities 

St Neots Man Cave CIC, St Neots - £1,000 – Combatting loneliness in local men, including upcycling furniture and repairing bicycles 



Rebuild East Midlands, Derby - £1,500 – Bus tickets for participants to attend wellbeing groups, along with room hiring 

RK Judo, Swadlincote - £750 – Judo mats and gym equipment 

Sahahra, Derby – £1,000 – Provides advice, information, advocacy and day care services for local elderly and their carers, with funding going towards food, materials, and utilities 

The Samba Foundation CIC, Chesterfield - £1,000 – Sports and physical activities for young people, with funding supporting workers and equipment 



Allexton & New Parks Football Club, Allexton - £250 – Training tops and raincoats for children’s sports 

Elohim Christian Church, Barlestone - £500 – Food hampers during the school holidays and emergency food for food banks 

Eyres Monsell Club for Young People, Leicester - £500 – Financial support for youth and community centre distributing food parcels 

Keanan Bartram, Community and Communications Manager, said: “The Eyres Monsell Club for Young People is a charitable youth and community centre, offering community activities that benefit both local residents and young people. These include a community café, adult inclusion group, bowls club, youth club sessions, food bank, community pantry, Bounceback mental health group, and community gym. We have been supported by the Community Dividend Fund to provide vital food services within Eyres Monsell. This funding ensures residents in the local area who are in financial need can access high quality food and essentials from our centre free of charge.” 

Mountsorrel FC, Mountsorrel - £750 – Kit and equipment to help children learn to play football 

New Parks Community Panel, Leicester - £1,100 – Local food bank and lunch club, providing provisions for preparation and food 

Read Easy Leicester & District, Leicester - £1,000 – Continuing to support adults who struggle to read 



Mundesley Collective, Mundesley - £500 – PC to make therapy videos as they continue to provide therapeutic music and art 

Wighton Village Recreation Hut Committee, Wighton - £500 – Provides recreational village activities, with the money going towards a kitchen 



Teamwork Trust, Kettering - £2,500 – Assisting the support for those with mental health needs, including training  



Borrowash Repair Café, Borrowash - £600 – Volunteer repairers and visitors gather to assist the community, and funding will assist with training and rental of space 

Orchard Extras Out of School Club, Kirkby in Ashfield - £500 – Food vouchers and childcare support for over 80 families 



Stapenhill Rainbow, Burton – £250 – Sports, baking, and art equipment for Girl Guiding 

Whittington Craft Club, Lichfield - £100 – Funding towards Christmas projects and venue costs, continuing project of providing a facility for Whittington residents to expand and develop craft skills 

Winshill Neighbourhood Resource Centre, Burton - £500 – Food and toiletries for local communities 

You 1st, Burton - £500 – Food bank for local community, receiving funding for tinned items, toiletries, and sanitary products 



The Rifle Hall Trust, Halesworth - £2,000 – New accessible toilets for the community hall 



Rugby St. Andrews, Rugby - £500 – Kits for the rugby club  


West Midlands 

A Way Forward Foundation, Birmingham - £2,500 – Funding workers, facilities, and training as the foundation aims to promotes the well-being of young people, providing mentoring support 

Arts in the Yard, Birmingham - £500 – Various costs covered as the group develops arts in the community 

Beyond the Horizon, Billesley - £2,500 - Provides play therapy and counselling to children and young people who have experienced domestic abuse, bereavement and family separation. Funding will assist with resources, therapists, and travel costs 

St Edburgha's Church, Yardley – £850 – Gardening materials to support the local community  

Urban Devotion Birmingham, Birmingham - £100 – A project coordinator to assist in areas of statistical disadvantage in the district of Erdington 


About Central Co-op 

Central Co-op is one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK, with a heritage stretching back over 175 years and interests in food, funeral, floral and property investment.    

Owned by hundreds of thousands of members, its 7,700 colleagues serve customers across 440 plus trading sites in 19 counties in the East and West Midlands, Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.   

Its purpose is to create a sustainable Society for all.     

It actively campaigns for food justice and works with FareShare Midlands and a network of local food banks. It also adds £1 to every Healthy Start Voucher redeemed in store and supports six schools in partnership with Magic Breakfasts.

The Society embraces inclusivity and equality and is a signed-up member to the Business in the Community (BITC) Race at Work Charter. The Society is also a member of Diversity in Retail and it is fully committed to addressing the impacts of climate change by reducing carbon and food waste, increasing recycling and investment in community Sustainable Spaces funded by the carrier bag levy. It recently launched its Malawi Partnership to support farmers and producers in the country through the Co-operative International Trading Development Fund.  

It invests a percentage of its trading profit into local communities through its Community Dividend Fund scheme which has seen over £109,769.25 shared out between 121 good causes in 2022. 

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