Central Co-op Supports 31 Charities and Good Causes with £43,230 in latest Community Dividend Fund

Posted by sam bishop | Published: 21/02/2023

Central Co-op has revealed that its Community Dividend Fund has awarded another £43,230 to 31 charities and good causes, supporting communities with access to food, health and wellbeing, inclusion and the environment.  

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

One cause supported this time around is Right Resolution CIC, a youth work project helping young people on their journeys into education, employment and training. 

“Through this project we support young people who are Care Leavers to access practical support and participate in positive activities. We also support those young people who now have children of their own too,” commented Peterborough Project Manager Cherry Lester.  

“The cost of living crisis has had a major impact on young people’s lives. This grant will enable us to deliver groceries and toiletries, along with much needed purchases, such as coats, underwear, towels and bedding to those most in need.” 

For further details, head to the Central Co-op website, Facebook, and Twitter. Details on becoming a Member can be found on the Membership site. 

Picture courtesy of Revive Project at New Life Church.


Ingleborough Care Farm, Peterborough - £2,750 – High quality therapeutic farming interventions for vulnerable people, with this funding covering a water storage tank for the solar powered pump system. 

Right Resolution CIC, Peterborough - £2,000 – Supporting young people who are care leavers, helping them on their journey to education, employment, and training. This funding will assist with goodwill parcels for these people.  

St. Ives & Warboys Cricket Club, Warboys - £500 - External coaching, equipment, and ball costs. 

Club Chairman Martin Croucher said: “Our junior section, which provides cricket to both girls and boys aged between 5 and 16 is something we are particularly proud of, and we are pleased to have around 100 junior members from around the local area.” 

“Whilst we have many volunteers who assist with our junior training sessions and matches, to help accommodate such large numbers, we do need to supplement this with specialist external coaches. The generous grant of £500 from the Central Co-op Community Dividend Fund, will enable us to help fund these specialist coaches.” 


Derby Co-operative Bowls & Social Club, Derby - £1,500 – Boiler for the club. 

Heage Primary School, Heage - £1,000 – Raising funds to enrich pupil life, including a climbing frame and equipment.  


AFC Market Bosworth, Market Bosworth - £750 - Kits for players.

Barrow Pre-School Playgroup, Barrow Upon Soar - £200 - Persona dolls and specialised training, encouraging inclusion and participation as well as the celebration of diversity and challenges to inequality and discrimination. 

The Centre Project, Leicester - £2,500 – Free and accessible community facility to reduce isolation and provide support. Funding goes towards staff and a food bank coordinator.  

Coalville CAN, Coalville - £1,250 – Funding will help the community cooperative in a number of ways, including two groups of young people to be involved in creative activities.  

Evington Youth Club, Evington - £2,500 – Providing a safe space for youths and elderly to socialise, including three new projects - Keep Warm, a social event to provide a warm space for the elderly; Mums and Babies event; and youth sports and fitness classes. 

Ahmed Yusuf from the club said: “The Evington area of Leicester has high levels of deprivation with a large multi-cultural demographic. The Central Co-op Community Dividend Fund will enable us to host activities that allow kids to participate in sports and fitness led by an FA-certified coach. The activity will present kids with a safe environment to keep fit, make new friends and learn how to become positive contributors in the local community. Evington Youth Club are grateful to the Central Co-op Community Dividend Fund.” 

New Life Church, Coalville - £1,000 – Revive Project to help parents struggling with the education system, including weighted lap blankets, sensory toys including sensory pods, and various fidget toys. 

Sapcote Memory Hub, Leicestershire - £2,040 – Supporting those living with dementia, including a weekly core programme of activities around mental and physical wellbeing through music, movement, and food. 

South Leicestershire Mobile Toy Library, Lutterworth - £2,000 – Mobile toy library for children.  

St. Josephs Catholic Voluntary Academy, Leicester - £1,500 – Greenhouse and accessories for the school, including raised beds, cold frames, seeds, compost, and topsoil.  

St. Martins Church, Desford - £2,480 – Rear area of the church and playground resurfacing at the Community Hall. 

Thringstone Toddlers Club, Thringstone - £1,000 – A meeting place for parents and children, funding to help pay for rent for the room hire. 

W.I.L.E (Wombles In Litter Education), Leiciester - £1,500 – Visiting county schools to educate children about the harm litter does. Encourage children with litter picking kits and fuel being funded.


St. Barnabas Hospice, Lincoln - £500 - Providing support for those living with life-limiting and terminal illnesses, with support including comfort bags, Lego tables, art supplies, and more. 


Dersingham Village Centre, Dersingham - £2,000 – Maintaining the centre and providing social and recreational facilities, including replacement chairs.  

Get Me Out The Four Walls, Norwich - £1,000 – Reducing social isolation among parents and carers, including recruitment of volunteer ambassadors for six months, wages, venue costs, and more.  


St. John Ambulance The Mill, Northampton - £2,000 – Induction of 10 new young people into the units for Northampton, along with developing the 2023 programme to work with external awards like Duke of Edinburgh. 


Heydays Activity Hub CIC, Hucknall - £2,500 – Supports vulnerable adults living with dementia, including room hire for mental and physical stimulation.  

Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum, Nottingham - £1,000 – Supporting asylum seekers and refugees to rebuild lives and integrate into society, with this funding going to the Anti-Destitution Project.  

Support Through Sport Youth CIC, Nottingham - £860 - Funding for sports equipment including skipping ropes, kit bags, balls, and more.  


Beacon Junior Parkrun, Lichfield - £1,000 – Assisting with the running of parkruns for children aged between 4 and 14.  

Cherishers CIC, Lichfield - £1,000 – Non-profit organisation that employs disadvantaged individuals, and funding will help run a lunch club for six months.  


Halesworth Day Centre, Halesworth - £1,000 – A warm room for the community, along with activities, food, and refreshments.  


Nuneaton Men & Women in Sheds, Nuneaton - £1,500 – Inclusive space for people to combat loneliness and provide mental stimulation, with funding providing a downdraft extraction table to deal with sawdust along with better lighting.  

West Midlands    

Northfield Baptist Church, Birmingham - £400 - Providing fridge, microwave, toaster, and kettle to serve the community.  

Spaghetti Pantry, Birmingham - £1,000 – Food and hygiene products for the food pantry.  


72nd Doncaster Brownies and Rainbows, Doncaster - £1,000 – Purchasing equipment including kitchen utensils, fire pit, baking trays, and more.  

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 21 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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