Colleagues of The Midcounties Co-operative are allowed up to three days to volunteer and help out within the community. On top of that Co-op Energy has fundraising events throughout the year to help raise money for our supported causes. Have a look at some of the ways we have helped our community this year, as we look back on some of our biggest achievements.
January - March
We announced our New Regional Community Charity Partner
In February we announced our new Regional Community Charity Partner, as voted for by our colleagues and members. Walsall Street Teams was chosen to be represented by our Walsall office and Warwickshire Young Carers nominated as partner for our Leamington offices. All money donated and fundraised at the relevant sites will go towards their respective charities.
We held fundraising events for Newlife; a foundation for disabled children. Following our work, we received some lovely news about how our donations have helped real people in our own community.
Five year old Ridwaan has autism and can only walk very short distances. Without a special buggy to help him walk, simple trips had become very challenging for his parents. Ridwaan from the West Midlands is now able to go out and about in comfort and safety thanks to his new buggy worth £309 funded by us and provided by Newlife.
Taaha is seven and has a condition that has resulted in him having a global developmental delay, breathing problems and brittle bone disease. He needed a special chair as he has low muscle tone and needs extra postural support to be comfortable and safe. His only option of seating was his wheelchair, which offered him little comfort, meaning he spent a lot of time in his bedroom away from his family.
Newlife provided him with a P-Pod costing £1,873 funded by us. Taaha is now able to spend more time with his family in comfort and safety, getting the essential support he needs to prevent further health issues.
We celebrated Fairtrade fortnight to raise support for better prices, decent working conditions, and fair terms of trade for both farmers and workers around the world.
April – June
World Book Day
Our dress down day raised £190 for our chosen charities.
Red Nose Day
We ran a series of challenges for our Energy managers to take on, raising over £400.
Bake off Bike Off
Our colleagues either brought in tasty treats to sell or did a stint on our exercise bike, who would win the great Bake off/Bike off? This event raised over £1,200.
Colleagues gave their time to help out at local school, Northleigh House. This school provides a safe, calm, and progressive learning environment for children who have had negative experiences in mainstream schools.
Ronald McDonald House
Some of our colleagues gave their time to help out at Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham. The charity provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation across the country to families whilst their child is in hospital.
Birmingham Children’s Hospital
Co-op Energy colleagues in Walsall also helped to brighten the day of patients at Birmingham Children’s Hospital by donating a huge 71 Easter eggs that were delivered to the children by Tinkerbell.
World Sickle Cell Awareness Day
Colleagues supported The World Sickle Cell Awareness Day. Colleagues have offered their skills for the charity: Ups ‘n’ Downs to provide them with help and support in contacting hospitals to collect the email addresses of midwives: a service which would otherwise cost the charity thousands of pounds. Ups ‘n’ Downs are very grateful for the support they have received so far, and we are very proud of the impact we have made.
Commercial food share day
Colleagues brought in an item of food to share with the office and an item of food to donate to the food bank. From this we collected over 120 items and donated them to those in need.
Colleagues from Co-op Energy completed a number of volunteering opportunities for local causes. Volunteers helped out at Dog’s Trust and Art in the Park festival as well as helping to paint and decorate local schools.
October – December
Warwickshire Young Carers
Energy Head Office celebrated Halloween with some of the children from Warwickshire Young Carers. We went all out: dressing up for the occasion, playing games with the kids, and turning our offices into Halloween hotspots. The young carers had a great time and even helped judge our pumpkin carving contest.
To make sure all Warwickshire young carers get an advent calendar this Christmas, Energy colleagues donated them. The young carers loved their advent calendars including some who had never come across them befo