We have distributed over £35,000 across 30 local groups in Gloucestershire in 2016
Over £35,000 has been distributed across 30 local groups in Gloucestershire in 2016, including supporting Leckhampton Women’s Institute.
Colleagues contributed over 1,140 volunteering hours in Cheltenham.
Working with Charlton Kings School and Gloucester College to help develop over 180 young people,
Raised over £12,000 for your local charity partner, Riding for the Disabled, at our 2016 Gloucestershire Fun Day.
Cheltenham members, colleagues and customers have donated over 1,200 products to their local food banks, providing meals to over 40 families in need.
Our local charity partner in this area is Newland's Park
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Newland's Park is a sports and social venue that provides sporting facilities to enable people of all ages and backgrounds to be able to get outside and take part in sports with other people. Sports that take place at Newland's Park include rugby, football, hockey and tennis amongst others. Newland's Park prides itself on being inclusive to the whole local community from letting local schools use the facilities to doing “walking football” for older members of the community. The main aims of Newland's Park are: To invest and raise as much funding as possible to improve facilities; to promote and encourage healthy living for the community, to implement environmental projects for the good of the community and to provide excellent sporting and social facilities for all users.
Our local charity partner in this area is Riding for the Disabled (RDA)
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Their horses and ponies provide therapy, achievement and enjoyment to people with disabilities all over the UK. RDA’s network of 500 volunteer groups organise activities such as riding, carriage driving, vaulting, showjumping and Hippotherapy for up to 28,000 people each year.
RDA have been carrying out our life-changing activities for over 40 years, and take great pride in the exceptional standard of their instructors and volunteers (18,000 in all). They offer activities for all age groups and, wherever possible, to people with any disability.
Local Opportunity Partners
Gloucestershire Young Carers
Gloucestershire Young Carers is based in Gloucester and the main aims of the charity are to support young people in Gloucestershire who take on a responsibility to care for an ill or disabled family member. The main aims of the charity are to offer support and advice to young people in this position, offer some respite for young carers so that they can have time away from their responsibilities as a carer and enjoy fun activities with other young people in the same position as them and to give young carers the opportunity to seek advice from professionals to help them manage there lives as a young carer.
The Aston Project
The Aston Project is based in Cheltenham in 2011 in memory of neighbourhood Officer PC Lynn Aston. The projects main aim is to work with young people aged 9-17 who may possibly be struggling with their home life to identify their interests and engaging them in constructive activity within the community which in turn earns them credits which can be used in exchange for activity based rewards. These activities are things that most of the young people involved would not have the opportunity to experience otherwise.
Groups and Schools
Each store/branch within the Cheltenham Regional Community has a partner school with whom they work with by providing education to the children surrounding issues such as fair trad and what it means to be a Co-operative as well as supporting the school with fund-raising activities and sustaintability and environmentally friendly projects within the schools. A lot of work is looking to be done with regards helping to see how we can help to make our partner schools more energy efficient and how we can make them more self sustainable.
Volunteering and Fundraising Events
On the 20 and 21 of August we held our 3rd annual Midcounties Gloucestershire Family Fun Day at Newland' Park to raise money for our charity partner. The weekend included a circus, helicopter rides, fun fair, donkey rides, inflatables, arts and craft stalls, assault course, quad bikes, live music, a wide selection of food and drinks plus much more and was a huge success as were the previous two years. Over the two days 15,000 people attended the event and the event raised a grand total of £13,000.
Throughout July members of Cheltenham Regional Community helped to do some much needed decorating at the Newland's Park social club. Colleagues from several different stores helped with painting the toilets, bar area and the lobby to really spruce the clubhouse up and make it more appealing for people looking to hire the venue for events. In return for the teams efforts, Newland's Park board of directors organised a celebratory lunch for volunteers to attend.
Download the year-end impact report.