Members are helping Active and InTouch to support people who have become lonely or isolated in the community

Co-op local causes

£19 million for local causes

Thanks to our members, together we've helped raise an amazing £19 million for local causes since November 2017.

We give 1% of what members spend on Co-op branded food products in our stores and selected services, as well as money raised from sales of carrier bags and Co-op scratch cards in our stores, to local projects – from improving community spaces or helping school leavers learn life skills, to simply connecting people.

So just by buying a pint of milk from one of our stores, you could help make things better in your community.

Members can sign in to see the causes their local Co-op is supporting and choose which one they want their own money to go to.

Thanks for helping us tackle loneliness

Active and InTouch are based in Frome, Somerset and are a befriending volunteer scheme, supporting lonely and isolated people. They tackle loneliness with weekly social events and connect people with hairdressers, doctors and opticians when they need it. The charity has almost 70 volunteers who help to bring people together by organising activities such as health walks, a local cookery club and afternoon tea dance.

The Co-op local community fund helped to recruit and train more volunteers so we can continue to reach out to more lonely, vulnerable and elderly people in the community.

Lucia, Project Co-ordinator
Active and InTouch work in partnership with Frome Town Council and other local businesses to provide activities such as health walks, a local cookery club and afternoon tea dance.
Volunteers meet isolated, elderly and vulnerable people and spend time with them. They find out their needs and interests, and help them find their own place in the local community.

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1%: Members earn 1% for local causes when they buy selected Co-op branded products and services from selected Co-op Group businesses. 1% cannot be earned in independent societies including Midcounties, Central England, Southern or Chelmsford Star co-operatives or in the stores of affiliated retailers (such as NISA or Costcutter) that do not operate under the Co-op brand. Exclusions and restrictions apply.

£19 million: The amount raised and given to local causes has been generated between November 2017 and October 2018 from the 1% members earned, proceeds from the carrier bag levy, Co-op scratch cards and profits from the sale of our reusable bags. This doesn't include purchases made in non-Co-op branded stores (such as NISA and Costcutter) or independent socities including Midcounties, Central England, Southern or Chelmsford Star. Membership terms and conditions apply.

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