Christmas comes early thanks to Co-op members

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Christmas is coming early for a variety of Kintyre and Mid Argyll causes as the Co-op supermarket has revealed a festive funding boost of £66,488.

This takes the total amount awarded across the area since the Local Community Fund began in 2016 to £338,662.

The festive funding will be shared by the following 12 causes: Core MMA Campbeltown; Meadows Under Fives Nursery; The Hub; Tarbert Enterprise Company; Tarbert Bowling Club; Loch Fyne Pipe Band; Mid Argyll Pipe Band; MS Centre, Mid Argyll; Mid Argyll Youth Development Services; First Aid 4 Gambia – Inveraray Project; Lochgoil Community Trust and Ardroy Outdoor Education Centre.

Data from the latest funding shows that community support is needed more than ever, with more than a million Co-op members across the UK selecting a cause in a single round of its Local Community Fund – the highest number since its launch in 2016.

A Co-op survey earlier in the year found that a huge 76 per cent of community causes surveyed expected demand for their services to increase dramatically – especially services that champion mental wellbeing support, opportunities for young people and provide access to food.

‘Throughout the pandemic we’ve seen more Co-op members than ever play an active role in supporting their community by selecting a cause,’ said Rebecca Birkbeck, director of community and shared value at the Co-op.

‘Our insight has told us that support for mental wellbeing, access to food and education and employment for young people, are key for helping communities as they get back on their feet.

‘We’re delighted to see the incredible amount Co-op members have raised over the past five years, by listening closely to our local communities and providing the long-term investment and support they need. Our members and customers have all helped make their communities places where we can all be proud to live and work.’

The Local Community Fund is generated by members trading across the Co-op’s businesses and supports grassroots projects across the UK, encouraging members to choose a local cause to support from a selection that are building stronger, more resilient communities.

To find out more about Co-op membership, visit www.coop.co.uk/membership