Community Christmas cash
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.