Approximately 4,000 charities will benefit from the £9 million scheme
Around 4,000 charities, ranging from Scout groups, walking clubs and brass bands to those providing a social service such as helping with bereavement, will benefit from the £9 million scheme.
Every time one of the Co-op's 4.3 million members buys an own brand product or service, they receive a 5% reward, with a further 1% going to local charities.
Fascinating images show the history of the Co-operative Group Thu, March 9, 2017
It is well established that 28 weavers and artisans got together and established a co-operative shop in Toad Lane, Rochdale in 1844, and this went on to kick-start a global co-operative movement that is now a billion members strong
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Packing fancy tins with biscuits in the Co-operative Wholesale Society biscuit factory at Crumpsall, near Manchester. – 1929
Walking clubs, scout groups and brass bands are among the beneficiaries
Chief membership officer Rufus Olins said: “Many of the 4,000 good causes we are supporting operate on a shoestring, so the money they will receive from the Co-op in the next few days will be vital.”
A fifth of the charities to benefit from the first round of the Co-op's membership scheme support young people.
The average amount going to a charity will be more than £2,200.