Local causes in Tenby and Narberth will receive funding from Co-op after being chosen to take part in its Local Community Fund.

The money is raised by Co-op members when they buy selected own-brand products and services. This year, local causes have been chosen in the Tenby area, including Tenby Sea Cadets, RNLI Tenby Beach Lifeguards and Ffrindiau Ysgol Arberth / Friends of Narberth School, who will receive funding to deliver local projects.

This support comes at a much-needed time, with insight from more than 3,000 local community causes across the UK showing that more than one-in-two projects have experienced a shortfall in funding over the past 12 months, while over four-fifths of local causes have seen an increase in demand - particularly those providing support for people through the cost-of-living crisis.

Rebecca Birkbeck, Director of Community and Member Participation at Co-op said: “We know that the cost-of-living crisis is making it incredibly challenging for many local causes. Our Local Community Fund promotes the development of stronger, more resilient, and fairer communities. Our community groups and local organisations are providing valuable services and support to people at a time when they need it most. Our Co-op membership is a powerful way for people to make a difference simply by shopping at Co-op.”

Members can choose the local cause they would like to support through their membership.

More information about the benefits of Co-op Membership including its exclusive offers and deals is available by visiting https://www.coop.co.uk/membership .

Co-op members have helped raise £117 million for local communities since 2016, including support for over 30,000 projects across the UK through the Local Community Fund. The Local Community Fund supports grassroots projects to help deliver Co-op’s vision of co-operating for a fairer world, bringing people together to provide access to food; access to mental wellbeing; and access to opportunities for young people, as well as protecting local biodiversity or reduce carbon emissions.