Cookery classes run by Shaftesbury & District Carers Association supporting vulnerable residents for more than 10 years.

Co-operative Funeralcare staff in Shaftesbury donated £300 to support Hope 2 Bake, one of several projects run by the charity working for the benefit of those vulnerable and at risk within the community.

The charity, starting as a drop-in to provide a safe haven for those who need it, has since expanded to include a wide range of projects to help people learn new skills and enjoy life.

Michael Player, funeral co-ordinator at the Shaftesbury funeral branch – part of Southern Co-op, said: “This charity, and the groups it runs, make a difference to people who attend. It is really heartening to see it in action.”

The aim of Hope 2 Bake is to encourage people to explore and enjoy cooking and creating culinary delights.

The classes run from Monday to Thursday 10am to 4pm at Longmead Industrial Estate, Shaftesbury.

Eileen Crew, Founder of Shaftesbury and District Carers, said: “”We are grateful for the donations without which our projects could not continue.”

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Southern Co-op’s community engagement programme ‘Love Your Neighbourhood’ aims to make neighbourhoods greener, healthier, safer and/or more inclusive.

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