We Believe in you
We’ve distributed over £390,000 across 500 local community groups and good causes through grants and carrier bag monies.
Learn more about some of the community groups that have benefited through the Society's Regional Community Programme
Regional Communities is a focussed, measured approach to supporting communities in an identified geographical location where the Society has a strong trading presence. Measured, with clear KPIs, Regional Communities is a programme that puts Midcounties at the very heart of local life, ensuring that we are truly community owned, community led, and community rewarding.
Colleagues and members work together to support local community projects that matter to those who work, live and learn in the local community.
Type in your location below to learn where your nearest Regional Community is
The following has been achieved across the Regional Communities in 2016
Over 70,000 Products Donated to Local Foodbanks
Members, colleagues and customers have donated over 70,000 products to the local foodbanks (increase from 24,000 in 2015) providing enough meals for over 1,000 families in need.
400 Press Releases
400 Press Releases with a potential audience reach of almost 50 million.
We’ve engaged with over 9,000 young people (increase from 1,000 in 2015) through a wide range of interventions.
We have a local charity partner in each Regional Community.
We’ve raised a total of over £130,000 for local charity partners and will continue to support them as they grow.
Colleague Volunteering - Find out more
Last year our colleagues across the Society completed 36,100 volunteering hours (compared to 26,000 in 2015). If this work had been paid for it would have cost the beneficiaries over £500,000. 21,000 of these hours were completed in Regional Community areas (increase from 10,800 in 2015).
We believe that volunteering gives our colleagues a fantastic opportunity to develop individually and as part of a team while making a real difference to their community. Colleagues taking part in our volunteer programme have participated in numerous activities – anything from painting a church hall, to supporting employability events or one-to-one mentoring for young people.
Every colleague has an entitlement to take up to three days a year to volunteer within their normal working hours.
If you would like to find out more about the scheme and how our colleague volunteers can make a difference at your community group, click and contact the Community team from the email link below
We offer work experience and work placements to young people and adults returning to the workplace.
Developing employability skills and experiencing the world of work, young people and those returning to the workplace, have a better understanding of what they can do and how we support colleagues and serve our customers.
We will do our best to find a suitable work experience placement that meets your requirements. If, for any reason, we are not able to meet your requests, for business reasons or because places have been filled, we will let you know and look for alternative placements within our business to consider.
Join your Community
Circa 10,000 members involved in identifying local community opportunities.
Members of the Midcounties Co-operative can get involved in the following ways:
Join your local Regional Community Steering Group as one of our active members and contribute to the strategic planning of our local community programme.
Attend our member events including half-yearly meetings, AGM and member days.
If you would like to get involved in any of the above or would like to learn more, please contact 0800 435902 or via email: Member.firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
If you're already part of a community group
Pop into your local trading site to learn how to apply for a low-level grant to support your good cause.