Community Cares Fund

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In April, we set up the East of England Co-op Community Cares Fund to support community groups and charities to provide much needed services to local people.

To kick start the fund we donated over £230,000. This was quickly added to by our generous members who donated almost £140,000 from their dividend.

The total fund stands at nearly £370,000.

We’ve donated over £250,000 so far to groups and charities who are looking to adapt and create services to support local people in our focus areas of young people’s mental health and wellbeing, food poverty, reducing food waste and supporting our ageing population. 

If you are a community group, local good cause or charity based in our region and are looking for funding support, to adapt and create services to support local people in one of our focus areas set out above, please email us at to see if we could help you.

How our Cares Fund has helped our local communities

  • £57,000 to support local unpaid carers some as young as four years old

  • £22,500 to local foodbanks to help support families over the school holidays

  • £45,000 to support children and young people affected by domestic violence

  • £75,000 to Age UK, local foodbanks and community foundations in our region

We have also made a series of smaller but no less valuable donations

to a variety of charities and good causes including:

  • YMCA Essex 

  • Re-engage

  • Suffolk Baby Bank

  • St Aubyn Centre

  • Toy Like Me

  • Grocery Aid

  • YMCA Norfolk

  • Suffolk Libraries

  • FACTs

  • Karalius Foundation

  • Tea Pot Project

  • Martham Good Neighbourhood Scheme

  • 4YP

  • Lighthouse Aid 

  • Hewett Academy

  • Ipswich Academy

  • Box of Hope Project 

  • EACH Hospice

Keep up to date with how we have supported your community with our community blog!