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As a non-profit organisation that invests any income into the on-going development of the local communities, Thanet Community Development Trust welcomes funding from members’ shopping in Minster and on Grange Road in Ramsgate.

The community fund kick started our transformation

We’ve been able to draw up new plans, after money collected through Co-op’s membership scheme helped us to provide arts and crafts materials, meaning they can make anything from greetings cards, mosaics, flower arrangements, cloth dolls, curtains, and wooden engravings.

This has really changed our craft group from a small group of people using a space to do their own hobbies, to a thriving club with people of all ages and backgrounds taking part in any craft they can do in a room. Many of the members ‘skill swap’ – teaching each other how to do their hobbies.

Co-op Membership has changed

Delivering services and projects that are changing people’s lives.

Our group, ‘Get Connected’ brings together people suffering from social deprivation and loneliness. The project helps to combat this problem by helping them to forge new friendships by giving members a safe environment to socialise.

After the successful Christmas lunch we were told by several members this was the highlight of their Christmas and they were unlikely to have spoken to anyone over the holidays if not for this event.

Supporting a cause in your local community

It’s great to see people coming together from deprived local areas and spend their time talking, drinking tea and making their own arts and crafts. It benefits those who want a social life but have no way of achieving this on their own and helps combat social exclusion and loneliness in the Thanet area.

In Kent, there is still just under £190,000 waiting to be allocated to groups in the area.  If you’re a Co-op Member there is still time to select a cause on the Co-op membership website and make a huge difference to your community.

Ramsgate’s Craft Club meets weekly at the Hereson Family & Community Centre on Lillian Road.

Andrew Morris
Head Tutor and Heritage Manager
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