Teenage Mental Health Charity Partners with New Southern Co-op Store

A teenage mental health charity has been selected as the fundraising partner for a new Southern Co-op store in at Ridgeway in Wimbledon, receiving a £1000 donation followed by a year’s partnership with the new store which opened on 25 August.

The partnership comes as part of Southern Co-op’s ‘Love Your Neighbourhood’ scheme.

Dr. Nihara Krause, founder and CEO stem4 said: We are delighted to be chosen as charity partner for Southern Co-op, Wimbledon. As a small, local charity, being affiliated with Southern Co-op makes an enormous difference in terms of the recognition it provides for the work we do with young people, their schools and families and their generous contribution will go towards strengthening our education programme in local schools. We are proud to be linked with an organisation that supports their community through their ‘Making a Difference’ programme and look forward to working with them.”

A Southern Co-op spokesperson said: ” We are delighted to be opening our first Southern Co-op store in central London.  Our colleagues in store are looking forward to getting to know the local community and begin fundraising for stem4 who do a fantastic job in improving teenage mental health.”

Southern Co-op’s new store is home to an extensive food offer with a great choice of fresh and chilled foods including meat and fish, pizzas and ready meals. A food to go selection includes Italian Lavazza coffee to takeaway and an in-store bakery will bake loaves and pastries fresh every day. Southern Co-op is committed to British farmers and all the fresh meat it sells is 100 per cent British, including the meat used in Co-op’s own label sandwiches, snacks and ready meals.

The store will also have a permanent food collection point for customers to support the local Wimbledon Food Bank.

‘Love Your Neighbourhood’ is Southern Co-op’s community engagement programme. This initiative addresses four key social themes, as identified by a survey of over 4,000 members and colleagues, for promoting: ‘Greener Neighbourhoods’, ‘Healthier Neighbourhoods’, ‘Safer Neighbourhoods’, and ‘More Inclusive Neighbourhoods’.

Charities and community groups can also apply for cash donations or goods in kind through the ‘Love Your Neighbourhood’ scheme, which is funded by the 5p single-use carrier bag levy. For more information on how to apply, please speak to your local store manager, or visit: http://www.thesouthernco-operative.co.uk/makingadifference/love-your-neighbourhood/.