Street Co-operative, part of The Radstock Co-operative Society, recently launched an initiative to help raise money for a local school. Parents, guardians and friends of pupils at Brookside School were issued with their very own Community Dividend Card which they can use when making purchases at the local co-op to raise funds for the school. All purchases using the cards generate points that are pooled together, converted in to a cash amount and returned to the school in the form of a cheque. The school is free to spend the money on whatever they wish from sports equipment to musical instruments or towards field trips and outings.
Don Morris, chief executive said, “As a community focused consumer co-operative, we are always looking for ways in which we can support local groups and good causes. Although the co-operative dividend payout has been around since the birth of the co-operative, a shared card is a new concept. It allows groups and communities to work together with their local co-op for the common good to achieve a far greater reward. . When we approached the head teacher, Clare Axton, she was very receptive to the idea and quickly gave her support. Within a few weeks we had the cards produced and delivered to the school by the store manager, Wayne Chapman and with the support of the school, pupils were handing the card to parents. A day or two later, points were already being earned for Brookside School. I’m sure this initiative will be a great success and generate much needed extra income.”
Don Morris added, “We hope to extend the scheme to other schools and community groups within our trading areas providing them with the opportunity to generate much needed extra funds.