CO-OPERATIVE Action has produced a new leaflet to highlight the support it has given to help develop new and existing co-operative solutions to community challenges and to demonstrate how others could benefit.
Since it was launched in April 2002, Co-operative Action has donated almost £ 700,000 in grants and over £ 100,000 in loans to a wide range of initiatives working in a co-operative way for the good of their communities.
Recently Co-operative Group Director Graeme Reynolds, who sits on the Scottish Board, made the first personal donation to the fund. He is pictured being thanked for his £ 1,000 donation by Co-operative Action chair Keith Darwin, chair of the Co-operative Group.
Among the grants its has provided in its first year, Co-operative Action has donated £ 40,000 to the Baywind Energy Co-operative in Cumbria, which was formed in 1996 to generate energy from renewable sources and to promote energy conservation.
It has also provided a grant to workers' co-operative, Dynamix, based in Swansea. The group is using the money to develop fun-focused training techniques to raise the awareness of co-operative values and principles in secondary schools.
Stephen Youd-Thomas, from Co-operative Action, said: "Whether it's childcare provision or healthcare, the management of your local leisure centre, protecting the environment or even keeping a business alive, the answer is increasingly the same ? it's the co-operative answer."
If you think Co-operative Action could help you or your group, go to www.co-operativeaction.coop to download a grant or loan application form call 0161 827 5879 or e-mail [email protected].