This year, we have donated 1.5% of our wage bill, which equals £10,000, to local, national and international causes nominated by co-op members. Each of the following organisations received £1,000:
Megan nominated FoodCycle, who provide nutritious meals for unhoused people and anyone living in food poverty using excess ingredients from local supermarkets, along with good company for anyone experiencing loneliness.
Jodie nominated Tiny Tickers, a charity dedicated to improving the detection, care and treatment of babies with serious heart conditions, as well as providing support and information to their families.
Phil nominated the Vegan Land Movement, a community interest company focused on buying land used for exploitative farming practices and using it for rewilding projects.
Kate nominated Age UK Cheshire East, who support older people in the Macclesfield area. They provide support for people living with dementia and their carers, household help, counselling, and advice on finances, accessing government and local help, among other things!
Scott nominated Middlesbrough Foodbank, who provide packages of nutritionally balanced foods to people in crisis.
Genny nominated Manchester Action on Street Health, a charity providing support, advice and health services to sex workers in Manchester via a drop-in centre, a clinic, counselling services, and a van offering similar services at night to look out for people working on the street.
Jacob nominated Refugee Aid Chorlton, who provide aid for asylum seekers in the North West, particularly clothing. In 2023 they provided clothes for more than 1000 asylum seekers!
Jed nominated Yalla Co-operative, a web design and development agency owned by members between Gaza and Europe founded with the aim of using technology to solve societal problems and create bonds which transcend borders. They are currently raising money to support their members in Gaza, both to access necessities now and to rebuild their homes and lives after the war.
Simon nominated Médecins sans frontières, an organisation providing medical treatment to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from healthcare.
Adam nominated Salford Women’s Aid, a charity based in Salford offering secure temporary accommodation to women and children who have been affected by domestic abuse, or who are at risk of forced marriage or honour-based violence. They also provide support around health, employment, finances, and legal matters.