Tell us which voluntary organisations deserve our support’ – Tamworth Co-op

This is your chance to nominate a worthwhile voluntary organisation for a cash hand-out from the Tamworth Co-operative Society. For the sixth year running, the Society has decided to hand out money to a raft of good causes in the areas it trades in. 

Tamworth Co-op Community Dividend Fund presentation

Coton Green Primary School received a bumper cheque for £1,300 from the Tamworth Co-op in 2014 to brighten up its play area with a series of colourful board games.

Shoppers at Tamworth Co-op food stores have until December 1, 2014 to nominate a worthy organisation or charity to receive funding from the Society’s Community Dividend Fund.

Nomination forms are available at all Tamworth Co-op outlets and you don’t even have to be a member to nominate a good cause. Customers can only vote once and at just one location. You can also download a form by using the link on the home page slideshow.

The money is raised by shoppers donating the dividends that they have earned on purchases to specific causes supported by each Co-op branch.

The main department store, Tamworth supermarket, and Tamworth Co-op convenience food stores will be involved.

Shoppers will be able to donate their dividends to nominated organisations at the stores between January 25, 2015 and January 23, 2016. Cheques will be handed out in the early part of 2016. Until then customers can continue to support the organisations currently in place.

Tamworth Co-op chief executive Julian Coles says the success of the popular scheme is down to the generosity of customers.

“Because of their kindness we have once again been able to hand out a five-figure sum to local groups in 2014,” he said.

“The scheme is proving to be a huge success. I’d like to thank everybody who has supported the initiative and ask that they once again back deserving organisations. We take a lot of satisfaction from supporting organisations such as schools, playgroups, clubs for the elderly, or specific interest groups that carry out important functions. However, national charities will not be eligible as we are looking to help doorstep initiatives.

Mr Coles added: “We’re in the process of building a new store in Dosthill and I’m delighted that organisations in that area will now be able to benefit from this scheme. Throughout our history we have had a tradition of supporting the community and this initiative helps us to live up to our mantra – we’re local, we’re independent and we care.”