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.”