Co-op Payout helps vital local cause Visyon

The Co-op Local Community Fund has helped so many organisations up and down the country.

Visyon in Congleton has definitely felt the benefit of this fund.

Visyon is a mental health charity that supports local children and young people when they need it the most.

So the latest payout from Co-op’s Local Community Fund will come as a welcome boost for the charity.

Laura Whitaker, Head of Service Development & Deputy CEO of Visyon, said: "We want all children and young people to be able to talk openly about their mental health and emotional needs – and have access to appropriate support locally when they need it."

Laura highlighted that being a Co-op local cause had enabled them to promote their work to members of the community who may not have heard of them.

Laura continued: "The staff at the Co-op, in particular Louise at the Funeralcare store, have been amazing supporters. They helped promote our cause in store and fundraised for us, it was a fantastic partnership and helped to ensure we connected better with the community as well as helping us raise much-needed funds."

Visyon have opted to use the funding for their Open Access Service which is their first contact with a young person and where they can engage with young people and/or their families before their problems overwhelm them.

How does Payout work?

When Co-op Members buy selected Co-op branded products and services, 2p for every pound spent is split between community organisations and local causes.

And it soon adds up. These members have helped raise £15 million for 4,500 causes this year.

From supporting projects that improve access to food and mental wellbeing, to education and employment opportunities for young people, the Local Community Fund has never been so vital.

Visyon are just one great example of a community group that have been helped by the fund.

Find out more about Visyon, by clicking here.

And to find out more about the Co-op Membership, click here.

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