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New round of the Community Cares Fund is now open!

The next round of the Community Cares Fund is now open for applications of grants between £1000 and £5000.

Find out more about how to apply

Meet some of our Community Cares Fund grant recipients

We've donated £112,000 to 30 local groups so far this year through the Community Cares Fund. We're really proud to support them to do amazing things

Find out more about all the Fund recipients

Keep Moving Suffolk

We're proud to be supporting the Keep Moving Suffolk campaign. The local campaign is to support & encourage people to get active and stay active during these unprecedented times

Find out more about our support

Tea 4 KeyWorkers

After a fantastic amount of nominations, we randomly selected and delivered festive tea packs to 30 keyworker organsations throughout our region.

Find out the winners here!

Win Christmas for your Community Hero!

We asked you to nominate your Community Hero to win Christmas on behalf of the East of England Co-op. Check out the winners and read their amazing stories.

Read their stories

Unpaid Carers Support

Recognising the contribution of unpaid carers and properly supporting them has never been more important than during this pandemic.

There are thousands caring round the clock without the practical support they would normally rely on to take a break, while others face increased costs accessing food and care products.

Read more about our support here!

Tea 4 Teachers ☕👩‍🏫

With the return of the school year in September, we wanted to show our appreciation for the dedication and hard work shown by our local schools and their staff.

With 50 packs of tea-riffic treats available we asked people to nominate their local schools for a chance to win one of these yummy packs.

See what schools won a tea pack!

Aldeburgh Food and Drink Weekend 😃😃

The Community Team were at the Aldeburgh Food and Drink Weekend at the end of September! The team ran a competition for attendees to win a Sourced Locally Hamper, gave out some Sourced Locally goodies and informed attendees of our support to local foodbanks and local producers.

A fantastic and well run weekend by the Aldeburgh organisers!

Don't Be A Tosser

BBC Radio Suffolk relaunched their Don’t Be A Tosser campaign in an effort to Keep Suffolk Clean.

The East of England Co-op were delighted to join forces and become official supporters.

We also co-ordinated a number of litter picks throughout the county.

Find out more here!

Helping to combat holiday hunger in our local communities 🥫🍽️

Despite the government announcement to extend the free school meal voucher scheme, it is likely the planned end to the job retention scheme and the impact of the coronavirus crisis on the economy and local businesses, will see an increase in demand for foodbanks over the summer holidays.  

See how we have supported local foodbanks through our Holiday Hunger Campaign.

Find out more here!

Thank you to Stoke Farm Orchards who donated their delicious fruit for local foodbanks! 🍐😀

The Community Team picked the fruit & delivered the product to foodbanks in our region.

Click the link to hear from David Upson from Stoke Farm Orchards.

Hear from David Upson

Dedham Litter Pick

Roger Grosvenor, Joint Chief Executive and Mark Lewenz, Retail Project Manager, braved the wet and windy weather and managed to collect a wide variety of litter as part of our support for the BBC Suffolk's Don't Be A Tosser Campaign.

#DontBeATosser

Click on the link below to see what they collected in Dedham.

Watch the video!

Pickerel Project - Stowmarket Litter Pick

25 volunteers from the Pickerel Project in Stowmarket were joined by our Community Engagement team to carry out a socially distanced litter pick and clean up along the River Gipping in the town. Over 140 kg of waste was collected.


#DontBeATosser

Suffolk Army Cadet Force

We’re thrilled to have been able to donate some goodies to the Suffolk Army Cadet Force! 😄😄

The Cadets have been working tirelessly in the past months to support their communities during the lockdown. In the below video you can see Lt. Carlton explaining some of the fantastic things the Cadets have been doing.

We hope that the cadets enjoy their well-deserved treats! 👏👏

Unsung Community Heroes Competition

To celebrate Co-op's Fortnight, we awarded inspirational 10 heroes who went above and beyond for their local community.

Read their stories here!