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Charity appeals to shoppers to support their cause

Posted by: Belinda Hargreaves

Tue 24th October 2023

A charity which supports youngsters with autism and mental health conditions is appealing for shoppers to support their cause.

Callum’s Voice is one of the latest charities being supported by Co-op shoppers.

It is a small registered charity, which is based at Alfreton House in High Street, and supports children and young people with autism and mental health conditions.

A spokesman for the charity said: “We are delighted to let you know that Co-op Members can officially support Callum’s Voice (cause ID: 82780) as part of the Local Community Fund.

Funds raised will be used to provide funded private counselling/psychotherapy sessions for children, young people and young adults, a much-needed service in our community.

The funding period will run until next year closing on October 19, 2024.”

People can find out more about their project athttps://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/82780.

The charity spokesman continued: “We have already been able to provide 12 (on average) fully funded counselling sessions for almost 50 young people, with sessions for almost 20 young people funded thanks to funding from The National Lottery, which we are extremely grateful for, however due to the high need for this service our funding quickly ran out.

We would therefore be most grateful if Co-op members could choose Callum’s Voice as their local cause, we are certain Callum would too.

You don’t have to live locally to us to support us, to find us as a cause type in our postcode DE55 7HH and choose Mental-wellbeing, please ensure you scan your membership card when shopping to ensure we receive donations from your shop. Thank you kindly in advance.”

The spokesman further explained: “Co-op membership costs just £1, you can sign up by visiting coop.co.uk/membership or by downloading the Co-op App at coop.co.uk/coop-app.

When you buy selected Co-op branded products and services, 2p from every pound you spend goes into your membership account, as your local cause Callum’s Voice will receive 1p from every pound spent on Co-op branded products and services.”

Founded in memory of Callum who was tragically lost to suicide at just at 18 in April 2019, Callum’s Voice was originally a Community Interest Company (CIC) and then became a fully registered charity in February 2020.

The charity spokesman explained the mission of the charity: “To enable children and young people with Autism and mental health conditions to lead happy, healthy, fulfilling lives by: Improving public understanding of Autism and mental health conditions; Empowering children and young people with Autism and mental health conditions to build on their strengths to achieve their potential; Promoting good mental health for children, young people and families.”

To find out more, go to: https://callumsvoice.org.uk/ or https://www.facebook.com/callumsvoice.