Local learners scoop £500 from Co-op

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THE Borders Adult Learning and Achievement Group (BALAG) has been awarded £500 from the Co-operative’s Community Fund, towards the cost of an event to showcase its work.

The fund, first established 15 years ago, is created by members of the Co-operative Group who elect to donate all, or part, of their twice-yearly dividend payments directly to the scheme.

The funds are then shared with local community projects and groups across the country.

Ken Greenshields, the Co-operative’s membership officer for Lothian and Borders, explained: “Because our members own the business, they get a share in any of the profits we make.

“It’s a scheme we’re very proud of, not only because it gives us the chance to thank members for shopping with us, but because so many people choose to give something back to local communities.

“There is over £300,000 available in Scotland each year from the Community Fund, and we welcome applications from local groups and projects for £100 to £2,000.”