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Support for community groups


Since the Community Champions scheme launched in 2013, we’ve helped a wide range of local groups and charities to make life better in their communities.

The Community Champions scheme is just one of the ways that we share our profits with the community. Every time a member shops at one of our branches using their dividend card, a donation is made through the scheme. Proceeds from the carrier bag levy and fundraising by colleagues also go into the pot.

How do I become a Community Champion?

Applications for the next community quarter are now open.

Click here to download an application form.

How has our fundraising helped so far? Take a look at a few of our case studies below...

Newark Community First Aid provide vital first aid services to Newark and the surrounding area. They volunteer at events in the area as well as providing first aid training. Money from the Community Champions scheme has helped them purchase vital equipment which can help save lives.

Operations Manager, Philip Jessop, shares how your donations have helped and will continue to help. Watch the video below to learn more.

Gainsborough Heritage Association, run by Andy Birkett and other volunteers, helps preserve valuable moments in the town’s history.

Once inside, it’s like stepping back in time. With the help of our Community Champions scheme, the group has created an old-fashioned street and they’re now hoping to provide memory boxes to older people to help them relive the past.

Step back in time in the video below.

Alford Dementia Group have benefitted in so many ways thanks to the funds raised through our Community Champions scheme. Money raised has benefitted all of their guests, their clients living with dementia and their carers.

They have used the donation towards trips out for the group. Anne, Chairperson for the group let us know about the fantastic trips they have managed to go on thanks to the funding.

"We had a wonderful summer trip last year when we took 20 people on the bus from Alford to the Wolds Railway for a train trip and lunch. It was a lovely sunny day and we had a very happy time.

The Christmas treat was a trip to the Embassy at Skegness for a relaxed performance of Jack and the Beanstalk; ice creams included! Oh yes they were!

We have a very happy group and often when members have passed on, we find that their cares become our volunteers."

Alford Dementia Support Group

St Barnabas Hospice in Lincoln was a Community Champion during our Spring 2020 quarter. During these challenging times funds raised are more important than ever. They've shared how money raised will help them.

“Thanks to the incredible £456.68 raised by Lincolnshire Co-op members in the Burton Road store, we are able to fund four visits from nurses to patients being cared for at home, or eight hours of specialist care in our Inpatient Unit. We know that many local residents in the Burton Road area will have experienced either our care at home or our inpatient care, and sadly we are likely to care for many more in the future. Community Champions is a wonderful scheme that means residents can invest directly into their local area when shopping at the Co-op. We feel privileged to have been part of the scheme this year and hope to be selected again in the future.”

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Little Conkers Pre-School, Ruskington at Chestnut Street CofE Academy received their donation in summer 2020 and they couldn't be more thrilled.

"We were over the moon with our grant which enabled us to purchase a woodwork bench and child sized tools – our 3 and 4 year olds love their woodworking sessions! Thank You!"

Little Conkers Pre School Cc Group

Louth Men’s Shed aims to tackle the issues of social isolation and related mental health concerns for vulnerable adults. The group previously received more than £540 through our Community Champions scheme and according to Chairman Martin Peck, these donations fund services that can be a lifeline for some people.

“We’ve created a space where men can socialise and learn new skills but, more than that, a place where people can find a listening ear when they need it,” said Martin.

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Newark in Bloom were Community Champions during the first community quarter in 2021, and with the donation, the group hopes to purchase planters and flowers for Newark Castle train station, so tourists are greeted by impressive floral arrangements as soon as they step onto the platform.

The group also plans to buy seeds to create wildflower patches in parks and schools to encourage butterflies and bees which they hope will bring families to engage with the local environment.

Grantham RiverCare, has big plans for the donation it’s set to receive. Co-Leader Ian Simmons says: “We hope to purchase educational tools such as a ‘riverfly monitoring kit’ which will allow us to engage with groups to study the ecology of the river.

Additionally, we plan to buy equipment for the future to ensure we can carry on our essential work on our 1.8 mile stretch of the River Witham.”

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Horncastle Community Primary School PTA were community champions from September - November 2019.

They applied to the cause to help raise money so that they could help the school to fund the redevelopment and modernisation of the Nursery Outdoor Play Area.

"It takes quite some time to get projects like these done in the school environment, and then when the Covid-19 pandemic hit at the beginning of 2020, it slowed things down again. The area was actually completed in the summer last year.

The Nursery children love it, and thank you for enabling this to happen."

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Check out more of our amazing case studies here.

Has your group benefited from our Community Champions scheme?

We'd love to know how the donations has helped your local good causes. Send an email to with details of how the money raised has helped and any pictures you may have. We'd love to feature your stories on our website and social media channels! You can find us on: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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What type of groups do we support?

We fundraise for different causes every three months - it can be good causes tackling a local topical or social need, health groups, environmental groups and local community groups and good causes.

If you want to know who your latest Community Champion is then you can look on your till receipt, on the stand in your local branch or find out more here.

Holding a fundraiser and looking for a raffle prize?

As well as Community Champions we also offer support with fundraising by donating raffle prizes or refreshments. If you have fundraising event coming up, then please take a letter in to your local food store to ask for help.


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