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17/05/2017

Date of issue: 17 May 2017

Shoppers can support charitable causes close to their home and hearts thanks to the Co-op Local Community Fund.

It’s the Co-op’s way of giving back to local communities, and members have already earned over £9 million for over 4,000 local causes.

As a member, every time you shop at Co-op, 1% of what you spend on own brand products and services goes to the Co-op Local Community Fund. Along with money raised from carrier bag sales, this is used to support local projects that benefit the community close to where you live, and members can choose which cause their own 1% goes to.

One of the local causes seeking support is a social inclusion project called People and the DALES which provides fun, thought provoking day visits to the beautiful Yorkshire Dales for deprived and excluded individuals, people from ethnic backgrounds and people with a disability or experiencing mental health problems.

Judy Rogers from People and the DALES, said: “This year the project aims to run 25 activity days to enable 300 disadvantaged people to get out and about in the Yorkshire Dales to experience something new and positive, and improve their physical and mental well-being. It is so rewarding to see the difference a day in the countryside can make. We’re delighted to be involved in the Co-op Local Community Fund, and would really appreciate any support from Co-op members.”

Funding will help support activities such as nature discovery walks, farm visits, conservation work and crafts, providing opportunities for a wide range of disadvantaged groups to learn new skills, relax, enjoy the fresh air and explore the beautiful Yorkshire Dales landscape, often for the first time.

Co-op members can choose to support People and the DALES online here.

The People and the DALES project is run by Clapham-based charity Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust.

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