Community groups in the West Midlands received a welcome boost after grants totalling £16,323 were awarded by The Midcounties Co-operative from the Society’s Community Fund.
Twelve local good causes were each presented with a donation of up to £2,000 by Ruth FitzJohn, president of The Midcounties Co-operative. Among the West Midlands organisations benefitting from a grant is the Women of Wolverhampton, who will use the funds to provide a weekly singing session for up to 40 socially isolated and disabled adults.
The Bilston & Willenhall Lions Club also received a donation, which they will be using to support the Springvale Carnival taking place in May this year.
The donations are part of the Society’s on-going commitment to give back to the local communities in which it trades, and this round of presentations has seen £84,824 donated to recipients in The Midcounties Co-operative’s trading areas.
Local groups and charities in the West Midlands are being urged to apply for the next round of the Community Fund to support their activity, which is now open for applications.
Tarra Simmons, deputy group general manager for co-operative social responsibility at The Midcounties Co-operative, said: “Community groups and charities provide essential education, support and social activities for the local area, and we are proud to provide these West Midlands organisations with funds to support their work.
“Our co-operative values mean we are committed to helping to build sustainable communities, and we are urging local groups to apply for the next round of funding before it’s too late.”