Love Your Neighbourhood
Supporting our local communities makes Southern Co-op stand out from the crowd; in 2014 we invested over £630,000 and gave 4,700 hours of volunteering time to local good causes.
We have listened to the views of over 4,000 of our members, our colleagues and our partners. We have thought about how we affect our communities, and how changes in our communities might affect us. The one thing that has come through loud and clear as most important for everyone is our support for local communities.
With this feedback in mind, Southern Co-op is launching a refreshed new community programme; ‘Love your Neighbourhood’, which builds upon our history of supporting local groups and replaces our community support scheme that’s been running for 10 years. This should increase the positive impact and difference we make to our communities, reinforcing all three of our sustainability priorities to SHARE, PROTECT and SUPPORT.
As part of the community investment programme, Southern Co-op will be supporting projects/causes falling under one or more of our Key Themes:
||More Inclusive Neighbourhoods
|Helping people to live more sustainably and support, for example, recycling, saving energy, reducing waste, water conservation etc
||Encouraging engagement in sports and physical activities
||Addressing the root causes of anti-social behaviour
||Supporting people to become more engaged with their local community, improving outcomes for them and promoting greater social integration. Examples of groups are those linked to: Disability, Special Educational Needs, Young People who are Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET), the elderly, Mental Health, Homelessness
|Supporting the creation and/or maintenance of Green spaces. For example, Supporting the creation and/or maintenance of Green spaces. For example: Community gardens, Regenerating urban areas, Wildlife conservation, Wildlife education, Encouraging increased engagement with nature
||Improving peoples’ diets and encouraging healthy eating habits
||Supporting people through alcohol (and substance) mis-use
||Education around food provenance
||Educating young people about underage drinking
||Promoting neighbourhood safety initiatives, such as Promoting neighbourhood safety initiatives, such as: High Vis jackets for school children, Road safety education
The new programme includes (click on icon to go to section):