Co-op Local Community Fund

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Welcome to the Co-op Local Community Fund

The Co-op Local Community Fund helps to support local projects that our members care about. Since its launch in 2017, Co-op members have raised £39 million pounds for over 12,000 local causes. We’re delighted that Sporting Challenge will now be able to access this funding opportunity.

How the fund works

Every time our members shop at the Co-op, 1% of what they spend on Co-op branded products and services helps fund community projects. Members can shop at any Co-op Group stores across the UK to raise money for your cause.

Members can choose which causes to support by signing into their membership account or by calling the membership helpline on 0800 023 4708. Your cause will be available for members to select until November 2019.

Your cause will receive two payments as part of the Local Community Fund. The first payment will be in June 2019 and the last payment in November 2019.

Your cause profile page

Every cause has a page on our membership website. This includes information about your cause and the project you want to complete. To encourage members to support your project, share the following link on social media:

Sporting Challenge:

https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/23966

The funds we receive are to help fund our sessions and next short break.

Your local stores

We ask colleagues in your community to help promote your involvement in the fund and support your cause for the next 12 months.

The stores in your community are:

  • Aughton –       Town Green Lane  Ormskirk           L39 6SF     Food
  • Ormskirk,       Wigan Road Ormskirk           L39 2AU     Food
  • Cookson Tyrer (Burscough)          Burscough       L40 5UU     Funeral Care
  • Ormskirk        Ormskirk        L39 2AU           Funeral Care
  • Plus Rainford, Skelmersdale, St Helens and more.

Visit: https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/23966 and www.sporting-challenge.org.uk

 

 

 

 

Funding for 2019 Sailing from Active West Lancs

Sporting Challenge have been awarded £200 worth of funding from Active West Lancs.

—‘Active West Lancs’ is a partnership commissioned by Lancashire County Council to deliver a three year programme to improve health and wellbeing across the borough.

—The five partners involved are West Lancashire Borough Council, Skelmersdale Community Food  Initiative, —West Lancs School Sports Partnership, —West Lancs CVS – Community Food Growing and —West Lancs Community Leisure Trust. They offer programmes of early intervention and prevention activities  for physical activity, weight management and obesity prevention.

—They target different sections of the community using local facilities and green spaces. Both medical referral and self referral are possible onto specific courses.

Sporting Challenge, are a group of Parent/Carers who from 2008 have been providing sporting activities for around 55 people with learning disabilities in West Lancashire to keep them fit and healthy. These evening and weekend activities include Ten Pin Bowling, Aerobics, Swimming and Boccia/Kurling at local Sports Centres.

Many people with a learning disability don’t take part in any exercise activity because the family/carers who support them are not motivated or are unable to take them on such activities and they can’t go on their own. We provide Sessional Workers who will collect them from where they live, support the people whilst they are at the sports centres and then return them home after the activities.

Edward McCarthy Sporting Challenge Activities Co-ordinator said: “This is great news and will fund our 2019 evening sailing activities in the future. It is great that Sporting Challenge are involved in this project.”

Visit – http://activewestlancs.org/

and http://www.sporting-challenge.org.uk

Contact Edward on 07971 299606 and email EdwardatEMSS@gmail.com

The Grey Court Trust

Sporting Challenge have been awarded £500 from The Grey Court Trust.

The Grey Court Trust were set up to provide relief to persons suffering from severe sporting injuries or mental or physical disabilities of any description through the advancement of education, music and the arts, and the conservation, protection and improvement of the environment.

Edward McCarthy Activities Organiser said: “A big thank-you to The Grey Court Trust this will make a huge difference and fund more of our popular sessions.”

For more information visit:

http://beta.charitycommission.gov.uk/charity-details/?subid=0&regid=1123422

For information on Sporting Challenge call 07971 299606, visit www.sporting-challenge.org.uk or email EdwardatEMSS@gmail.com

Funding Award from the Percy Bilton Charity

Percy Bilton Charity Funding Award

Sporting Challenge have been awarded £250 worth of funding from The Percy Bilton Charity. The funding is for boccia/kurling accessories and new musical equipment.

Sporting Challenge, are a group of Parent/Carers who from 2008 have been providing sporting activities for around 54 people with learning disabilities in West Lancashire to keep them fit and healthy. These evening and weekend activities include Ten Pin Bowling, Aerobics, Music, Swimming and Boccia/Kurling at local venues.

Many people with a learning disability don’t take part in any exercise activity because the family/carers who support them are not motivated or are unable to take them on such activities and they can’t go on their own. They provide Sessional Workers who will collect them from where they live, support the people whilst they are at the sports centres and then return them home after the activities.

Edward McCarthy Sporting Challenge Activities Co-ordinator said: “This is great news,  a big thank-you on behalf of the group. We will enjoy using our new equipment for many years to come, they will greatly enhance our sessions.”

Visit – http://www.percy-bilton-charity.org

and http://www.sporting-challenge.org.uk

Contact Edward on 07971 299606 and email EdwardatEMSS@gmail.com

 

 

Waitrose Green Token Scheme Funding Award

Sporting Challenge have been awarded £290 from the Formby Waitrose “Green Token” scheme.

By placing a token in the Community Matters box at your local branch you’re helping your community. Since its launch in 2008, the scheme has donated around £35 million to good causes in store and online

At the end of your shop in branch, you’ll receive a token to place in a box of the good cause you’d most like to support. The more tokens a cause gets, the bigger the donation they receive. Each month every Waitrose branch donates £1,000 (£500 in Convenience shops) between 3 local good causes that you choose.

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Online, Waitrose.com also shares a donation of £25,000 between 3 national causes. After checkout, you will be asked to vote for one of the national causes we are supporting. Each cause will receive a share according to the number of votes – just as we do in our branches.

Edward McCarthy Activities Organiser said: “I would to thank Waitrose for this very kind funding award.”

For more information visit www.sporting-challenge.org.uk or call 07971 299606 or email EdwardatEMSS@gmail.com

For more info on our venue visit: https://www.waitrose.com/content/waitrose/en/home/inspiration/community_matters.html

 

Furness Building Society Funding Award

Sporting Challenge have been awarded £150 from the Furness Building Society.

The Furness Community Awards Scheme gives local people the chance to apply for £150 to give them a helping hand with the fantastic work they already do to help others in their local community. So whether you need a new kit, want to give your youth club or nursery a lick of paint or simply need help with a fundraising event they could help.

Edward McCarthy Activities Organiser said: “I would to thank the Furness Building Society for this very kind funding award.”

For more information visit www.sporting-challenge.org.uk or call 07971 299606 or email EdwardatEMSS@gmail.com

For more info on our venue visit: https://www.furnessbs.co.uk/furness-community-awards-scheme/

 

Castle Head Holiday 2018

Sporting Challenge’s Second Holiday has just took place, between 31st August to 2nd September 2018.

The group went to Castle Head Field studies Centre near Grange Over Sands.  Charlton Mini Coaches based in Burscough took the group to the centre.

The group had a great time and tried: team challenges, low ropes, a day on Lake Windermere including canoes and outdoor art, a bush craft and campfire night, some football and crate stack.

The accommodation was great and the group enjoyed the food which was fantastic.

Edward McCarthy Activities Organiser said: “The venue was fantastic. Our group had a brilliant time. Everyone relished the opportunity to try new outdoor challenges. Some of out group had never been away for a weekend before. The centre was brilliant and had much to offer us. I would like to thank the Sporting Challenge staff who came the weekend. I would to thank our funders who made the weekend possible.”

The holiday was funded by grants/ donations from:

  • Bickerstaffe Boat Company Donation.
  • Hedley Foundation £1,000.00.
  • Morrison’s Foundation.£1,000.00
  • Ormskirk Rotary Club £250.00.
  • Skelton Bounty £400.00.
  • Yorkshire Building Society £500.00

For more information visit www.sporting-challenge.org.uk or call 07971 299606 or email EdwardatEMSS@gmail.com

For more info on our venue visit: https://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/castlehead.aspx

Photos of holiday are below: