What is it?
One of the Co-operative values is self-help which was the reasoning behind the development of the Community Card as a fair tool to aid any local community group that needs to raise ongoing funds for whatever reason.
Launched in July 1999, the Community Card Scheme has grown from strength to strength with many local groups reaping the financial benefits. Today over 300 local community and charity groups have opened a Community Card account, amongst them are schools, playgroups, sports clubs, charities, churches, scout groups and many others.
To join this free scheme, simply register your group and you will be given a membership account number. You may then request a number of cards which will be personalised to your group, just hand them to your supporters and ask them to present them at the till every time they shop in any Chelmsford Star Co-operative store.
You can download an application form here.
‘Last year we successfully raised over £500 using our Community Cards, providing the school with much needed outdoor play equipment.’
Danbury Park School
Qualifying purchases you make will earn your group for 2 points per £1 spent which can be converted into cash at a rate of £5 for every 1,000 points. Funds can be withdrawn on a quarterly basis or carried over. When you cash in your points we will donate an extra 50% to your group. This is how that compares with loyalty schemes.
Our Memberhip department can also help you by promoting fund-raising events, offer press and PR support and customer awareness campaigns through our trading outlets.
‘With no outlay and easy administration the card is a great scheme’
Friends Of Tyrells School
How much could we earn?
The success of the Community Card is dependant upon you and your organisation getting behind it. Our best performing group has now earned over £6000 and we have a number who have recently hit the £2000 and £1000 mile stones.
This scheme is designed to provide continuous additional funds. For a list of groups we currently support, click here.
Points can be earned on the majority of goods sold from our food, department, travel and funeral outlets. It all adds up no matter how large or small the purchase.