The Midcounties Co-operative has announced that it will focus on helping young carers and street pastors after identifying them both as priorities for communities in the Shrewsbury area.
A steering group made up of the Society’s colleagues, members and board members was previously tasked to research and identify issues affecting the community in Shrewsbury. Looking at the findings, the group then voted on where the greatest opportunities to make a lasting impact were, choosing these as their priority for the next year.
Shrewsbury Street Pastors patrol the town centre in the evening, offering support to people who have become vulnerable and distressed as a result of drink or drugs, or from difficult personal circumstances.
The Society will work to support this cause through fundraising and volunteering. Shrewsbury Street Pastors will also be invited to all Society-wide events, including the Churchstoke Fun Day, to promote its services to residents in the area.
Shropshire Young Carers will also be supported and colleagues recently raised money to fund two trips to Drayton Manor for the children. The team effort also saw Shrewsbury Street Pastors provide its minibus to take the children the on the day trips.
Young carers are typically aged from 5 to 18 years old, and take on the challenging task of providing full or part time support to family members.
The announcement forms part of The Midcounties Co-operative’s Regional Communities strategy, which sees members and colleagues come together to provide meaningful support for local community groups through volunteering and fundraising initiatives.
Alison Holmes, Leadership Team Ambassador at The Midcounties Co-operative in Shrewsbury, said: “Many local young people are taking on a big responsibility to provide support and care for their family members or guardians and, similarly, it’s important for our community to provide a helping hand to those who are vulnerable.
“Our work in the communities where we operate is about building a legacy to improve the lives of residents, and we’re confident that we can make a real difference to people in Shrewsbury and local community groups by focusing our support to young carers and street pastors to allow them to continue their vital work.”