Community projects in the area are set to share a funding boost as the Co-op welcomes the latest causes to its local community fund.

Six causes chosen in the area - including Nethermains Community Centre, Kilwinning Community Events and Artastic CIC Art of the Community - are set to receive vital funding to deliver projects.

The causes directly benefit from members trading with their Co-op across its food and funeral business areas. In addition to the personal benefits they receive for themselves, one per cent of the purchase value also goes into the local community fund pot. Members can decide how the money is allocated and are encouraged to select the causes they wish to support online.

Rebecca Birkbeck, director of community at the Co-op said: “Thanks to our members since 2016 more than £56 million has been raised for over 16,000 causes.

Whether it is by protecting and improving community spaces, helping people reach their full potential by developing their skills, or promoting health and wellbeing, the money generated by our local community fund changes lives in communities across UK.”