Community Shop Delivers Greater Impact Than Ever
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Lords, MPs and food industry leaders celebrated the impact of Community Shop, the UK’s first social supermarket chain, at a high-profile event in the House of Commons. The event was held to launch Community Shop’s 2017 Impact Report, which celebrates the positive outcomes that the pioneering community food hubs have had by helping thousands of people across the country.
Lords, MPs and food industry leaders celebrated the impact of Community Shop, the UK’s first social supermarket chain, at a high-profile event in the House of Commons.
The event was held to launch Community Shop’s 2017 Impact Report, which celebrates the positive outcomes that the pioneering community food hubs have had by helping thousands of people across the country.
The launch was hosted by John Healey MP and attended by senior figures representing over 100 food manufacturers, retailers, members of both Houses of Parliament, and other supporters of the Group.
The 2017 Impact Report, which includes commendation from the University of Sheffield’s Dr Megan Blake, tracks the positive impact that has been achieved in the last year across Community Shop’s four stores in Goldthorpe, Athersley, West Norwood and Grimsby.
Community Shop was founded in 2013 by Company Shop, the UK’s largest redistributor of surplus food. Community Shop’s unique model comprises a store, a mentoring and learning Community Hub and a Community Kitchen and cookery school. In these spaces each member accesses the Success Plan, a tailored pathway of personal support to help them achieve their potential.
The revenue raised from Community Shop funds this activity, fulfilling the vision to be about more than just food and create stronger individuals and confident communities.
Highlights from this year’s report include:
- Nearly 10 million meals have been made using food from Community Shop in 2017, serving 14,000 individuals in four communities spread across the UK
- 2,804 tonnes of surplus food have been saved from going to waste, equivalent to 350 8 tonne skips
- 453 members have moved in to full time work since joining Community Shop– 69 in the last year
- 526 members have progressed into learning and development – 352 in the last year
Looking towards the year ahead, the Community Shop team were joined by Lord Mawson of Well North and Gary Ellis of the Coalfield Regeneration Trust. In partnership, they announced plans for two new Community Shops in the Liverpool City region.
The event also marked the announcement of Community Drop, a new initiative to bring even greater impact to even more communities. Community Drop will be a high quality home delivery programme connecting people with great food, the existing support on offer in their communities and community based meals, using the successful model of Community Kitchen.
The Westminster event was brought to a close by Rachel Brammah, one of almost 5,000 members of Community Shop. Rachel spoke passionately of how Community Shop had enabled her to become a Community Leader.
Rachel Brammah, Community Leader, said:
“Community Shop has changed my life, my perspective and my hope for the future. I would not be where I am today without the space it has created for me to reach my full potential.”
John Healey, MP for Wentworth and Dearne, said:
“I was honoured to host the launch of Community Shop’s Impact Report.
Since Community Shop Goldthorpe opened in my constituency in 2013, I have seen first-hand the transformative impact that the stores are generating for local people.
But there is potential to help so many more. I am fully supportive of the Group’s efforts to expand its reach right across the county.”
John Marren, Chairman and Founder of Community Shop, said:
“We are so proud of the countless lives we have been able to change over the last year. On every metric, Community Shop has improved on last year’s outcomes, which only motivates us to do more and grow further.
“I am grateful to our food industry partners and everyone who supported us, without whom we would not have been able to achieve such positive outcomes.
“2018 looks set to be another incredible year for Community Shop with new stores in the pipeline and exciting innovations on the horizon, I am more hopeful than ever. There is so much more we can do to help the food sector unlock the full potential of their surplus, and in turn empower people to make positive changes in their lives.”