FIVE community groups could be in line for a funding boost as part of a scheme urging members of the Co-op to support them.
Co-op members can raise cash by buying products and nominating recipients as part of the firm’s membership scheme.
The groups set to benefit include the Dearne Electronic Community Village, Wath Hall, Activate Rawmarsh, Headway Rotherham, and Netherlands Dog Rescue in Mexborough.
Co-op members buying own-brand products from food stores or a funeral plan or funeral from Funeralcare earn a five per cent reward for themselves with a further one per cent going to local good causes.
The members can choose which of the causes they wish to support by logging on to the Co-op’s membership website at www.coop.co.uk/membership.
Money will be raised over a six month period.
Pay-outs will be made at the end of October and if members don’t choose a specific cause their money is split equally between the causes.
Chief membership officer at the Co-op, Rufus Olins, said: “The more people shop, the more we share and we’d really like to increase the amounts that we pay out. So the way communities can help to achieve this is to become a member and shop with the Co-op.
“In April we paid out £9,000,000 to over 4,000 good causes, and that money has gone on to fund some fantastic projects in communities throughout the country, from a simple lawnmower to help maintain a children’s park to a new pony for a riding school for the disabled.
“By voting for the good causes that they want to support, our members are telling us what really matters in their communities, and great things are happening as a result.”