Community shop in Speke needs volunteers!

SLH is addressing a gap between foodbanks and poverty by opening up our own community shop this summer – and we need local volunteers to help it open its doors!

The shop, which is due to open on Western Avenue in Speke this July, will sell fresh food and essential household goods all at a fair price for SLH tenants who are on a low income.

Over £1 million people in the UK accessed local foodbanks in 2015-16, an increase in 2% on the previous year according to the latest figures released by Trussell Trust.  Whilst this is an invaluable facility for the local community, it only acts as a short-term solution for those in need. The community shop will act as an intermediary between the foodbank and the large supermarkets and, once open, customers will be able to shop there regularly at prices they can afford.

The shop will be an integral part of the Speke Garston community, using local suppliers as much as possible to provide the food and other items. Fareshare Merseyside, which operates from Speke, is just one of the organisations who will supply food to this new initiative.

“The shop is a fantastic initiative and we’re not aware that there is anything else like this in the Merseyside area.” says Claire Ryan, SLH’s Director of Business Assurance.  “Recruiting volunteers is a crucial part to the shop’s success and it’s fair to say that it won’t be able to operate without volunteers.  We are looking for local heroes who will be able to give up some of their spare time to help us provide this unique service to our tenants.”

Volunteering can be hugely rewarding; it is a great way to learn new skills, make new friends and give something back to the community as well as gaining valuable work experience.  Here are some of the volunteer roles on offer:

  • Helping with the set-up of the shop before launch
  • Controlling and managing stock levels
  • Serving in the shop and helping with queries
  • Receiving deliveries and stocking shelves
  • Keeping up to date with special promotions and putting up displays

Full training is given, so all that is required is a few spare hours, bags of enthusiasm and a friendly manner.

Sound like you? To find out more, call South Liverpool Homes on 0330 303 3000 or email communityshop@slhgroup.co.uk.