Community groups in Bicester are celebrating funding support they received thanks to Co-op members.

Local causes in Bicester are set to receive a share of £11,734 this month, thanks to money raised when Co-op members buy own-branded products and services.

The money raised is being shared by projects to support services in the community, including Dementia Active, Friends of Steeple Claydon School and Alec’s Angels.

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Since the Community Fund was launched in 2016 some 28 causes in Bicester have benefitted.

Rebecca Birkbeck, Director of Community and Member Participation at Co-op said: “I am delighted to see the incredible amount Co-op members have raised, simply by choosing Co-op.

“We know that the cost-of-living crisis is making it incredibly challenging for many local causes.

“I’m proud our Local Community Fund can be a lifeline, not only promoting the development of stronger, more resilient and fairer communities but also helping people cope with what life throws at them.

“By listening closely to our local causes, along with data from Co-op’s Community Wellbeing Index, and our network of member pioneers, it’s helped us bring to life Co-op’s vision of ‘co-operating for a fairer world’.

“Our members have all helped make their communities places where they can be proud to live and work.”

The latest round of Co-op’s Local Community Fund has supported 4,500 community projects UK-wide.


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This story was written by Matthew Norman, he joined the team in 2022 as a Facebook community reporter.

Matthew covers Bicester and focuses on finding stories from diverse communities.

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