Co-op Local Community Fund benefiting Dorset causes

ORGANIZATIONS in Dorset stand to benefit as a supermarket chain welcomes the latest causes into its local community fund.

Thanks to Co-op members, over £84million has been raised for over 25,000 causes since 2016, choosing branded products and services.

Members are encouraged to choose a local cause to support each year in their community that supports access to food, support for mental wellbeing, or opportunities for young people, helping to build stronger, more resilient communities in across the UK.

Now 21 local causes have been hosted in Dorset, including Frome Valley First School PTFA, Project Linus West Dorset and Dorset Search And Rescue, which are set to receive a grant to help them carry out local projects in their community.

Rebecca Birkbeck, Director, Community and Co-op Membership, said, “We know this year will be another incredibly challenging year for local causes and communities. With the cost of living having already risen dramatically this year, charities are likely to bear the brunt of people becoming more conscious of their spending.

“We work hard to bring people together to ‘cooperate for a fairer world’. Our members focus their support on mental well-being, access to food and providing opportunities for young people, because we know that all of these contribute enormously to fairer, more resilient and happier communities. We are thrilled to welcome a new set of causes to our Local Community Fund, providing much-needed support to people in their local communities and making the world a fairer place.

In November, it was announced that 21 local causes in Dorset had received £47,698 from the Local Community Fund, bringing the total since 2016 to £347,714.