Musicians hit the right note thanks to cash boost

Jim Lee (centre, with guitar), from The Co-operative Group's Glasgow and Lanarkshire Area Committee, visits Reeltime Music.
Jim Lee (centre, with guitar), from The Co-operative Group's Glasgow and Lanarkshire Area Committee, visits Reeltime Music.

NEWARTHILL’S Reeltime Music has been awarded £1,916 from The Co-operative’s Community Fund, towards the cost of music events aimed at disadvantaged young people.

The Community Fund, first established 15 years ago, is created by members of The Co-operative Group who elect to donate all, or part, of their twice-yearly dividend payments directly to the scheme.

The funds are then shared with local community projects and groups across the country.

Carol Jones, of Reeltime Music, said: “We are thrilled with the generous grant we have received from The Co-operative, which will help us towards the cost of our projects to help young people in North Lanarkshire.”

Co-operative members receive a payment twice a year based on the points they earn when they trade at any of the Group’s businesses, including The Co-operative Food, Travel, Pharmacy and Funeralcare, as well as The Co-operative Bank, Smile and The Co-operative Insurance.

Carol Donaldson, The Co-operative’s Membership Officer for Glasgow and Lanarkshire, said: “Because our members own the business, they get a share in any of the profits we make.

“It’s a scheme we’re very proud of, not only because it gives us the chance to thank members for shopping with us, but because so many people choose to give something back to local communities.

“There is over £300,000 available in Scotland each year from the Community Fund, and we welcome applications from local groups and projects for £100 to £2,000.”

Awards are allocated by local Co-operative members’ committees, based on a set of values and principles such as social responsibility and caring for others.

Community Fund application forms are available online at www.co-op
erative.coop/communityfund
or by phoning 0844 262 4001.