A colleague recently shared an initiative with me that’s being piloted in Barnsley and it’s such a great concept that I wanted to share it with you. It’s called Community Shop and, like most good ideas, it’s remarkably simple. It’s basically a member’s store that offers food and other products (such as toiletries) at up to 70% less than retail prices. The shop is open to people on benefits.
The Community Shop can offer savings by selling products that other retailers can’t use for a variety of reasons e.g. short sell-by date or mislabelling.
As well as having social benefits, the store has clear environmental benefits too. If the goods weren’t sold through Community Shop, they’d just end up in landfill.
I think that this initiative has clear links to soup kitchens and food banks in Wolverhampton. I wondered if anyone wanted to take the initiative and take something forward here?
If you want to know more check it out here: http://community-shop.co.uk/