Co-op launches campaign to save at-risk community spaces
The Co-operative Group has launched a new campaign aimed at supporting at-risk community spaces across the UK.
The 'Endangered Spaces' initiative sees the group pledge support to 2,000 community spaces by 2022.
The Co-op Foundation will make available £1.6 million to community groups, secured through a partnership with government. A free advice service will also be offered in tandem with Locality, a national network for community organisations.
Endangered Spaces follows research from the Co-op suggesting that 16,000 "community gathering points" around the UK are currently under threat.
The project forms part of the Co-op's three-year community plan, Co-Operate 2022.
Created by M&C Saatchi Public Relations, the campaign also includes a series of short films highlighting some of the projects the Co-op will support.
The first film explores Byrne Avenue Baths, a leisure centre in Birkenhead that is being restored and reopened after a decade, with support from the Co-op Foundation and Locality.
Commenting on the launch, Co-op’s director of community and shared value Rebecca Birkbeck said: "We know that people need community spaces to learn together, play together and just be together. This is why we are making this commitment with Locality and why we know that our communities will be healthier, happier and safer places as a result."