Co-op pays dividends for Corby school

Back row, from left, Lauren Dunn, Sean Clothier, manager of Midlands Co-operative Society, Tracy Keogh, Jessica Bryan, five months,and Danielle Markham. Front row, from left,  Daisy Dunn, six months, Ellis Markham, six months, and Jacob Tulloch, 10 weeks, in the community room
Back row, from left, Lauren Dunn, Sean Clothier, manager of Midlands Co-operative Society, Tracy Keogh, Jessica Bryan, five months,and Danielle Markham. Front row, from left, Daisy Dunn, six months, Ellis Markham, six months, and Jacob Tulloch, 10 weeks, in the community room
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Children at a Corby school and their families are celebrating after receiving £4,467 from Midlands Co-op for equipment and toys.

Oakley Vale Primary School, in Cheltenham Road, caters for more than 360 children ranging in age from four to 11 years.

It is also used by a number of local community groups and has close links with Exeter Children’s Centre, Corby.

The school has a room set aside for one-to-one mentoring sessions where young people can talk about a variety of issues including dealing with loss or upheaval.

The room is also used by the community for group work activities including baby massage, a support group for parents of children with special educational needs, a coffee morning drop-in session and family support.

Although the school had a room available for the one-to-one mentoring sessions and group activities, it did not have the furnishings and equipment necessary to make it welcoming.

It approached local businesses for support and Midlands Co-operative, which has a food store nearby, was happy to help.

The school’s family support worker, Tracy Keogh, said: “We wanted to change a cold, impersonal classroom into a warm and welcoming space for families who wanted support. Thanks to Midlands Co-operative we now have a facility that is fit for purpose.”

Midlands Co-operative donated the money from its Making a Difference Community Dividend fund, which guarantees that a percentage of its trading profit is donated to local groups in its trading area.

Joy Welch, of Midlands Co-operative, said: “This is a very worthwhile project, which will provide an invaluable service to the children and families of Corby. As a community retailer Midlands Co-operative is proud to support this initiative.”