Cash boost for groups thanks to shoppers

TWO community groups in Northamptonshire have received grants of £2,000 thanks to donations by the Co-operative.

Life Music Northants was given the money to go towards music lessons and publicity for the musical activity group for people with learning difficulties. Young person’s group, The Voice that Makes a Difference, has been awarded £2,000 to host sign-language led workshops for young people trying to find jobs.

The groups received the money from The Co-operative’s Community Fund, a pot of money accumulated by member customers opting to donate all or part of their annual dividend to good causes in the area. The money is distributed by The Co-operative’s local area committees.

Mark Beaumont, from Life Music Northants, said: “Funding is becoming ever harder to secure. The cash has made a huge difference to our group, and it means all the more knowing that the money has been donated by local people.”

Dr Derek Pedley, chairman and trustee of The Voice That Makes a Difference, said: “This funding will make a real difference to young deaf and blind people, it will help them gain confidence and take the first steps into searching for work.”