When Co-op members buy selected Co-op branded products and services, 2p for every pound spent goes to community causes, targeting communities that need the extra help the most.  

And it soon adds up, because thanks in-part to members’ contribution over the last year, this week Co-op are celebrating a £15 million Payout for over 4,500 local causes! 

Here in Milnrow they have been very grateful to support three wonderful local causes who have done some fantastic work over the past year. Hear more about what they do in their own words…

Belfield Art Group

Raised: £1,905.37

‘We are a non-profit making art group and our aim is to help reduce loneliness and isolation by bringing together like-minded individuals, offering a warm welcome to all. We provide tuition on three out of four weeks, covering various topics and using different mediums, such as watercolours, acrylic and pastels, etc.  We have capacity to accommodate 19 artist and we provide materials at a minimum cost.’

Butterworth Community Hall

Raised: £2,288.33

‘Butterworth Hall Community Centre enables a wide variety of community and voluntary organisations, and agencies, deliver a range of activities and services to the Milnrow community. We also host the Pennines Business and Tourism Forum to raise awareness of our independent businesses, such as through our Small Business Saturday. We also promote our local heritage, celebrating Milnrow’s famous son John Collier (aka Tim Bobbin) with an annual Tim Bobbin Festival.

Rochdale Foodbank

Raised: £2,168.31

‘We are a foodbank under the umbrella of the national network of Trussell Trust foodbanks. We provide food for our clients in the Rochdale area when they are in temporary crisis. Foodbank was established in 2012 and is still serving a considerable need within the borough. As an example, in the last month we honoured 348 vouchers, up 6% on last year. These provided food for 434 adults and 164 children, 600 people in total. This was made possible by the generous donation and purchase of food which Foodbank receives, sorts and packs, in excess of 4.5 tonnes.’

Watch this space to learn more about the local causes that Co-op will be working with over the coming year!