AS part of its drive to support the communities around its stores in Corsham and Pickwick, the Co-op is searching for people to work with local good causes and vulnerable people.

The successful Member Pioneer will receive full training and the business’ support helping groups and individuals while the pandemic continues and beyond. The Pioneer will cover a wide area, with Pickwick Road in Corsham at its heart.

The new position forms part of a drive to recruit 1,000 Pioneers across the country.

Existing Pioneers are currently involved in a wide range of activities including co-ordinating food drives and offering personal support to those who may still be unable to leave their homes.

Leading the new nationwide recruitment drive, Russell Gill, head of co-operative and local engagement at Co-op, said: “We’re looking for people who have the passion to bring communities together effectively, believe in the power of co-operation, and who hold the wellbeing of their community at the forefront of their mind, to truly make a difference.

“This has never been more important than recently.”

Earlier this year, the Co-op’s Community Wellbeing Index - which analyses data from postcodes across the country - identified that the area around Pickwick Road in Corsham performed well above the UK average for its culture, heritage and leisure facilities.

Russell continued: “The local area has so many strengths and we want to help communities be as resilient as possible, against the new challenges still posed by COVID-19. The new Pioneer should really spearhead our efforts, support great causes and think up new ideas.”

To apply to be a Member Pioneer, visit: The role is 16 hours each month.

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