The Southern Co-operative’s Store in Frome Launches Fundraising Partnership with Oakfield Academy

As part of The Southern Co-operative’s Love Your Neighbourhood community programme, our food store in Frome has chosen the Oakfield Academy for its charity fundraising partner for 2016/2017.

Vanessa Wells, Store Manager and colleagues from the Frome store, will be hosting and supporting a variety of fundraising events throughout next year, to help raise money for the Oakfield Academy and enable them to continue to offer Breakfast Club and other facilities to its pupils.

Frome Store Manager, Vanessa Wells and colleagues, with pupils from Oakfield Academy

Dawn Warren, Marketing Officer at the Oakfield Academy, said: “All of the staff and pupils at Oakfield Academy were delighted to learn that we have been picked as the Frome Nunney Road Southern Co-op’s beneficiary from the ‘Love Your Neighbourhood’ scheme.  Any funds that we are lucky enough to receive will be used towards supporting our out-of-hours clubs, and helping to improve the environment that the pupils work in, as well as benefiting the local community that use the school’s facilities.”

The fundraising partnership forms part of The Southern Co-operative’s community engagement programme, ‘Love Your Neighbourhood’. 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’s manager, or visit: http://www.thesouthernco-operative.co.uk/makingadifference/love-your-neighbourhood/.