Inspiring young people

The Cooperative Membership Fund is a grant scheme, which helps local communities like clubs, community groups or charities throughout the UK. The funds are given by generous members by donating some of their share of profits, which is then given away in the form of small grants. For example, this year the members have donated £1.2 million to local community groups across United Kingdom. To qualify for a grant, the projects must address a community issue, provide long term benefit to the community, support the Cooperative values and principles and also be innovative. In this sense, it has to be mentioned that the Cooperative has real values and true commitments, not just empty corporate mission statements, trying to make the real difference. 

The Cooperative Membership Fund

What I liked most about this initiative was the program dedicated to young people ment to inspire them to volunteer in their community. They are supported to become active citizens, and at the same time ways for them to change their world for the better being opened through education or various opportunities. The entire work is set to direct benefit of 250,000 young people across the UK, but the vision is far higher: bringing a cultural shift in the way that young people are viewed and treated. To this end, from gaining qualifications, experience and self-belief, to bringing effectively the change in their communities, the Cooperative Community Fund offers the opportunity for young people to make real differences to their lives. More specifically, the young people are encouraged to enjoy sport, including kitting out 60,000 budding football stars with strips, and sponsoring the Netball Superleague and Activate Sport academies. It is also encouraged their passion for music through the sponsorship of the British Music Experience at the O2 Arena which is enabling 15,000 young people to visit this venue for free.

In conclusion, when you commit to change, you have to make it happen. There are some other great stories behind this project. In order to find something about them, all you have to do is to visit their website.

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