Com­mu­nity Christ­mas cash

Argyllshire Advertiser - - YOUR VIEWS -

Sir, As re­ported in last week’s Ar­gyll­shire Ad­ver­tiser, Christ­mas came early for lo­cal causes in Ar­gyll re­cently when the Co-op re­vealed a £34,000 fes­tive fund­ing boost.

The money was shared by three or­gan­i­sa­tions, all of which are mak­ing a real dif­fer­ence to com­mu­ni­ties through­out the re­gion.

Th­ese are Ar­gyll and Bute Youth Fo­rum, Heart of Ar­gyll Wildlife Or­gan­i­sa­tion and Lochgilp­head Phoenix Project, which wants to build an in­for­ma­tion point on the front green in Lochgilp­head.

This is the lat­est round of pay­outs from the fund gen­er­ated by more than 26,000 Co-op mem­bers in Ar­gyll and Bute and means the Co-op has in­vested £73,750 in nine groups in Ar­gyll since the mem­ber­ship scheme launched in Septem­ber 2016.

Co-op mem­bers, who re­ceive a five per cent re­ward for them­selves with a fur­ther one per cent go­ing to lo­cal causes when they buy own­brand prod­ucts, have a say in how the money is al­lo­cated.

They are en­cour­aged to se­lect the or­gan­i­sa­tions they wish to sup­port on­line.

Since the launch of the lo­cal com­mu­nity fund, Co-op mem­bers have helped 12,000 or­gan­i­sa­tions make a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence in their neigh­bour­hoods and in the past 12 months alone £19m has been in­vested in lo­cal causes.

The fund is now sup­port­ing a wide va­ri­ety of lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions, from vil­lage halls and sup­port groups to ed­u­ca­tion providers and neigh­bour­hood watch schemes, all of which are help­ing to make Ar­gyll a bet­ter, hap­pier, and health­ier place to live. Re­becca Birk­beck, Co-op di­rec­tor of com­mu­nity en­gage­ment.

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