The Southern Co-operative Food Stores on the Isle of Wight Are Looking for a New Charity Partner!

The Southern Co-operative’s food stores across the Isle of Wight are looking for a charity partner based on the island for the stores to fundraise for throughout 2016/17.

As part of The Southern Co-operative’s new ‘Love Your Neighbourhood’ community scheme, the convenience stores are encouraging charities, community groups and good causes to apply before 2nd September to become their official Isle of Wight fundraising partner.

Jessica Hughes, Communications and Community Engagement Manager for The Southern Co-operative said: “The Southern Co-operative is run by local people, for local people, and after consulting with over 4,000 members and colleagues about our community engagement, we have developed our new localised ‘Love Your Neighbourhood’ community scheme. Love Your Neighbourhood focuses our community activity on benefiting the communities we serve at a much more local level and gives all stores, funeral homes and other areas of our business the opportunity to choose their own fundraising partner.”

The Southern Co-operative - Love Your Neighbourhood

Love Your Neighbourhood will address four key themes, promoting: ‘Greener Neighbourhoods’, ‘More Inclusive Neighbourhoods’, ‘Safer Neighbourhoods’ and ‘Healthier Neighbourhoods’. Charities applying for a fundraising partnership need to demonstrate how they support one of these categories.

Once a local cause has been chosen through a colleague vote, The Southern Co-operative’s Food store colleagues, customers and members across the Isle of Wight will begin fundraising for the charity. Previously, colleagues have engaged in a variety of different sponsored activities for charity including sky dives, abseils, runs, weight loss challenges and much more!

As part of the Love Your Neighbourhood programme, all of The Southern Co-operative Funeralcare homes on the island will be on the hunt for a local fundraising partner in the near future.

To apply, please pop into a Southern Co-operative food store to collect an application form or visit http://www.thesouthernco-operative.co.uk/makingadifference/local-partnerships/ and fill in the downloadable form which will need to be returned to your local store. Alternatively, you can e-mail: community@southerncoops.co.uk for further assistance. The deadline for applications is 2nd September 2016.