Memory Café Receives Grant From Co-op Fund

The Memory Cafe

The Older Persons Support Group on the Isles of Scilly, which is linked to the Memory Café, has received £2,000 from The Co-operative Membership fund.

Five local groups were shortlisted to go forward to an online poll, and members of the supermarket chain were asked to vote online for their favourites.15,000 votes were cast nationally and Scilly got 31% of the votes in our region.

There was a £80,000 pot of cash available for the whole of the UK from the Co-op, which posted record profits of £400m last year.

Jenny Byers says she’s not exactly sure how the money will be spent in the new home of the Memory Cafe at Carn Gwavel. The cash could go towards cooking facilities, since Jenny would like to put on a Sunday lunch club and show old movies in the afternoon.

The money may also go towards a sensory garden as memory cafe users have expressed an interest in sitting outside and enjoying wildlife and flowers.

Andrew North, Regional Secretary claims The Big Community invited customers to join a “democratic process and have a say in where money is spent in their local area, and vote for causes close to their hearts.”

But the retailer has been criticised by islanders recently who argue that a lack of island-based representation means local views are not being taken into account. Former Scilly representative Sue Williams says it is the head office that is creating problems by not listening to local requests and then St Mary’s staff have to deal with complaints over stock decisions made outside Scilly.