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We know that community spirit and collective commitment is stronger than ever, but unfortunately the lasting impact of the Coronavirus crisis has the potential to further divide the nation, whilst the devastating impact of the pandemic has shone a light on some of the inequalities which exist in our country. It’s clear there is an overwhelming desire in our customers and members to take action to make positive impact on the causes which mean the most to them, but it isn’t always easy to do so.

The big issues which matter most to you now

Coronavirus has altered most of our world-views, putting sharply into perspective what’s important to us, our communities and to the world we share. Our latest independent study* found the issues we care most about include:

  • mental health (56%)
  • unemployment (49%)
  • food poverty (35%)
  • youth inequality (25%)

Worryingly, 40% of respondents felt that services to tackle these key issues, have become harder to access in the last six months. During lockdown we saw communities’ step up to support local people and our membership programme will enable local causes, partners and community groups to do even more.

Co-operating towards a common solution

By becoming a Co-op Member, you can be part of the solution. When our 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. The funds raised by members will be split two ways, supporting the:

  1. Local Community Fund, helping thousands of grassroots community causes
  2. Community Partnerships Fund, creating lasting change on big issues like access to food, mental wellbeing support, and education and employment for young people, in partnership with like-minded organisations. 

As we strive to support the recovery of all communities over the next 10-years, co-operation will be key. There is still more to do. Join us.

Rebecca Birkbeck
Director of Community, Co-op

* Independent survey conducted by Co-op, September 2020: 2,000 respondents of all ages

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Join the conversation! 5 Comments

  1. I run a community project. It’s in the process of becoming a charity. How do I apply for funding?

  2. Hello,
    I have been a member of Coop for around 3 years now, to be completely honest i have been procrastinating about sending a letter or doing something about it so i’ve deicided to do it, i have been and i am still very worried about the amount of plastic used in the fruits and vegetables packaging, (and everything else tbh but let’s start one by one…) it is really hard for me and really causes me anxiety to keep buying food from companies like Coop (and all the supermarkets and groceries stores) where i find almost every package is not recyclable or it’s just unnecessary, i understand that in this modern human’s world, companies really don’t care about this as much because “money first” right? it might be more expensive to implement better eco friendly packages, or even just don’t use them at all in the fruits and vegetables areas? it is ridiculous, every item in the store is wrapped in plastic and most of it is single use!
    I think you guys could be selling even more if you reduce plastic use or at least use recyclable plastic in your stores, or installing specific bins outside your stores for the customers to put back the plastic bags or food packaging so you guys take responsibility for the plastic you sell us and recycle it.
    The way we humans are treating the planet is not going to last for much longer and the only ones affected are going to be US, the planet is going to be here with or without us, and as a customer i find it very difficult to make a change if the places i buy my food are not even trying to help, i’m seriously thinking about just stop buying from Coop (and other companies) and encourage more people to do the same.
    Maybe trying to fight loneliness by inviting those lonely people and the rest of us to cleaning/recycling campaigns could be a way to get them to know each other? and help the planet a bit? i don’t know, i’m just trying to think of solutions as i have been and still feeling very bad about the whole situation.
    anyway i hope with this letter i can start a little change as i’m ready to act and to help.

    Kind Regards.

  3. Hey there!
    If you could DM us with your full name, home address, email address and membership number I can do that for you.

  4. Hello how do I change my address on your records please

    Debbie Flint Sent from my iPhone


  5. Yes, all these things, plus spirituality, which rarely gets mention. The other point I have not seen raised it that I stopped using my co-op card early in March when I began to have to use shops that deliver to ones home only. Indeed I have not been into any shop since then. So I was only able to give my rather feeble accumulated co-op discount money when we were asked to help out by giving permission for this to be given to a foodbank.
    So if you were able to deliver that would be great for me, other people and the food banks. I would joyfully hand over whatever money was eligible to be taken off my bills. Also I have discovered that several of the people who deliver for other shops are, or at least were, things like airline pilots until recently! Food for thought maybe?!


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