Western Isles groups windfall of £3,500

Donations amounting to £3,500 from The Co-operative’s Community Fund have helped three community groups in the Western Isles.

The North Lochs Amenity Group has been awarded £2,000 towards the cost of a new minibus, Barra-based adult learning classes Learning for Fun has received £1,000 towards the cost of a women’s day event, and land ownership group Urras Tac Chalanais has been given £500 to help market new camping pods.

The Community Fund is created by members of The Co-operative Group who elect to donate all, or part, of their twice-yearly dividend payments directly to the scheme. The funds are then shared with local community projects and groups across the country.

Co-operative members receive a payment twice a year based on the points they earn when they trade at any of the Group’s businesses, including The Co-operative Food, Travel, Pharmacy and Funeralcare, as well as The Co-operative Bank, Smile and The Co-operative Insurance.

Melanie Newdick, The Co-operative’s Membership Officer for Northern Scotland and Islands, said: “Because our members own the business, they get a share in any of the profits we make. It’s a scheme we’re very proud of, not only because it gives us the chance to thank members for shopping with us, but because so many people choose to give something back to local communities.

“There is over £300,000 available in Scotland, each year, from the Community Fund, and we welcome applications from local groups and projects for £100 to £2,000.”

Community Fund application forms are available online at: website or by phoning 0844 262 4001.