Co-op is the key to Stanford park’s future


Co-op_S_06Friends of Hardie Park in Stanford- le-Hope have joined the Community Card scheme run by Chelmsford Star Co-operative Society, who opened a co-op convenience food store last year in the Sorrells.

The scheme has been run by the Society for over 15 years and today over 300 Essex community groups use the scheme as a tool to help them raise funds.

The initiative works by groups issuing cards to friends and supporters. When they shop in any of the Society’s 50 outlets across Essex, they can collect points on the majority of purchases. The points then convert into cash to be used as each group see fit.

Shane Ralph who fundraises for Friends of Hardie Park said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to develop a relationship with the Star Co-op. They will work with us to help raise funds and awareness of a number of initiatives that we have for the park. The Community card is a great way of getting everyone involved.”
The Hardie Park group was formed with the aim of developing a neglected park into a recreational space for local people to use and be proud of.
Meanwhile, in another initiative, Volunteer Centre Thurrock is recruiting volunteers for the Friends of Hardie Park to help out at their Easter Event taking place on Tuesday, 31 March at Hardie Park, Stanford-le-Hope.
There are a number of roles available including setting up and dismantling tables/shelters/equipment, hiding Easter eggs, running stalls and much more.
Time Bank Thurrock is supporting the recruitment of volunteers by donating time credits to those people who are Time Bank members and get involved. Time Banking is a new project where people can offer help to other people or local projects, and choose help they’d like in return. For every hour, equivalent to one time credit, someone ‘deposits’ in a Time Bank, they can ‘withdraw’ the equivalent time back in support when they need it. Each person decides what they can offer and everyone’s time is equal. But even if you are not a Time Bank member you can still volunteer for this fun filled day.
Laura Hudson, Volunteer Coordinator for ngage said: “We’re also looking for volunteers 18+ for Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions as part of their six month rolling volunteer programme to provide support and assistance to people with disabilities in the Stanford Centre at The Sorrells.”
For more information about volunteering at the event, TLS or for general volunteering enquires call Laura on 01375 389853 or visit


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