MaD Theatre Company was one of the many causes to receive a share. Rob shares his experience of being part of our fund.
As a small charity we’re always on the lookout for funding opportunities to help with the work we do with the North Manchester community. I discovered the Local Community Fund last year when a member of staff in my local Co-op told me about the fund and recommended that we applied. Looking at the application form online I saw we were the type of cause that the Co-op might fund and luckily for us, we were successful.
Being part of the Local Community Fund has been amazing in so many ways. One of our highlights was being chosen to feature in Co-op’s national advertising campaign directed by the legendary Shane Meadows. It was great to have a national profile for our organisation and many of our members have been recognised in the street afterwards. A great thing to happen was that many our our members have since signed up to become Co-op members so that every time they shop there they donate to our fund.
We even got the chance to perform at the Co-op AGM at Manchester Central to hundreds of Co-op members, this was a huge honour for us.
The funds we received have enabled us to tour a play we created about community cohesion around 12 sheltered housing schemes in North Manchester. Our actors are young people so it’s been a fantastic opportunity for them to interact with an older audience – it’s really helped to break down generational barriers.
I would definitely recommend to other causes to apply. For us it wasn’t just about the funds we received, it was about the support we got from a huge company like the Co-op, the ability to network with other like-minded groups and it was a fantastic opportunity to raise our profile.
The Co-op Local Community Fund is now open for new applications. Applications are open until 8 August 2017. Find out more and apply at www.coop.co.uk/causes
Artistic Director MaD Theatre Company