The Dorothy Parkes Centre in Smethwick has been chosen as one of the latest beneficiaries of the Co-op’s Local Community Fund. The way the scheme works, every time a Co-op member uses their card to buy own brand products, they receive a 5% reward with a further 1% going into a pot which will be shared amongst all the selected causes at the end of year. However, if members would like to see all of the money they generate for causes go to the Dorothy Parkes Centre then members can go online at www.coop.co.uk/membership and choose the Dorothy Parkes Centre as their preferred good cause.
The Dorothy Parkes Centre is a community centre based in Smethwick and is a place of welcome and opportunity, accessible to all, and open seven days a week. The centre aims to help address local needs by providing, or hosting, a wide range of activities and services for children and adults.
Robert Bruce, Chief Executive Officer at the centre, said:
“This is really good news because a few hundred pounds will enable us to carry out a refurbishment of the Centre with the foyer area, toilets and hall having a coat of paint. However there is the potential to raise several thousand pounds, which will allow us to do even more including the installation of energy efficient heating equipment and hand dryers, and we would urge you to shop at the Co-op to help us to achieve this.”
“If you’re not a member, please sign up at membership.coop.co.uk or call in to your local Co-op in Bearwood, Brandhall, Hagley Road or Harborne to collect a card. Your support is greatly appreciated.”