The Marketplace takes shape

Published: 6 September 2016

TIMELAPSE: The Marketplace springs to life in 37 seconds! But it took a lot longer to create the brand for our new South Liverpool community shop.

The shop, which is due to open soon on Western Avenue in Speke, 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 poverty and hunger charity 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.

Liverpool designers NONCONFORM and Envision Media helped us transform the vacant shop into a space befitting such an innovative community project, staffed by local volunteers and run on a membership basis.

How to become a member

Contact us on 0330 303 3000 or email themarketplace@slhgroup.co.uk where we will ask you to fill out an application form. We will then review your application and let you know if you meet the criteria for membership.

How does the membership work?

Once you become a member, you will receive a membership card. You can then go along to the shop with your card and in exchange for £2.50 you will be able to choose goods to the approximate value of £15. Food, toiletries and household cleaning products will all be available.

Who is eligible?

Any SLH tenant who is on a low income and is struggling to pay for rent, food, household bills. This may include people who are working and those receiving benefits. When you apply for membership, there will be questions on the application form about money that comes into and out of your home. We will use your answers to these questions to assess if you are eligible for membership.

What are the opening times?

The shop will be open for two days a week, Tuesday 10-1pm and Thursday 3-6pm.

Find out more about The Marketplace by emailing themarketplace@slhgroup.co.uk