2018 was a year to remember for the Co-op Foundation. With the support of Co-op colleagues and members as well as major new funding partnerships, we almost trebled our income to help us make a bigger impact than ever.
Find out about all our achievements in Our Impact 2018. Alternatively, read on for a snapshot on how our funding has supported young people and communities UK-wide.
Exceeding our targets tackling youth loneliness
“It’s so empowering to know I’m now doing something to change things. I want to make sure other people don’t do through what I went through.”
They’re now taking part in social action campaigns for LGBTQ+ young people and freelancing as an illustrator, specialising in designing zines.
We’ve now awarded £6.2 million to Belong projects tackling youth loneliness.
“Re-opening the community hall was crucial for local people who had been without a community facility for more than 10 years.”
We invested in improvement works at the Old School to help the team build a more sustainable future by raising income from a new guest house and community cafe.
In addition to strengthening physical spaces, we also helped community and charity organisations improve their digital connections by co-funding the Charity Digital Code of Practice, and partnering with The Federation, through funding from Luminate, to provide free co-working space for 14 social enterprise start-ups.
Support us in 2019
Thank you to everyone who supported us during our record-breaking year. You’ve made a huge difference.
Co-op Members can continue to help us tackle youth loneliness by choosing us as your Local Cause until October. This way, our Belong programme will get 1% of everything you spend on Co-op products and services.
You can also donate unwanted clothes and shoes to official textile banks at Co-op stores or give a one-off or regular donation online.