One Vision Housing is working in partnership with The Big Help Project to run a new Community Shop on Carr Meadow Hey, Bootle. Peter Dowd, MP for Bootle, attended the opening on Friday 17th November and cut the ceremonial ribbon to officially open the shop.
The Shop sells men’s, women’s and children’s clothes as well as furniture, household goods, paint and accessories, donated by local residents and businesses. It will also be a community hub, providing a space for local people to meet, get more information about help with employability, debt advice and access to food banks and help for new mothers.
Peter Dowd MP said: “It’s great to see a community resource that people can engage with, buy from, volunteer in and use for the benefit of the whole community. I’m really pleased that this has opened up on the estate I grew up on as a child.”
Roy Williams, Group CEO of The Sovini Group said: “We are really pleased to be working in partnership with The Big Help Project. This Community Shop gives people in the area a place where they can seek advice, get any help they need and also offers them the chance to give back to the community.”
The Community Shop employs local people in both paid and voluntary positions. Volunteer Julie Graham has lived in the area for over 7 years, as a tenant of One Vision Housing.
Julie said: “I was walking past and decided to come in to find out more. Once I knew what the Big Help Project and OVH were doing here I decided to volunteer. This is much needed on the estate as it provides an important focus for the community. Everyone knows someone struggling with debt or trying to get a better job, so the Community Shop is an important hub where people can get more help and information. I recently lost my husband and working here has given me focus and helps me give back to the community.”
The Shop is open Monday to Friday 9:30 to 5:00 and welcomes donations of all clothes and household items.