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Community Shop recognised for local impact by Lambeth Council


06/09/2016


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Community Shop in Lambeth is celebrating being nominated for ‘Best Food Growing Project’ in this year’s Lambeth Community Awards, after it created a community garden by transforming an unused car park into a community hub for growing food.

Community Shop recognised for local impact by Lambeth Council

Community Shop in Lambeth is celebrating being nominated for ‘Best Food Growing Project’ in this year’s Lambeth Community Awards, after it created a community garden by transforming an unused car park into a community hub for growing food. 

Community Shop utilises surplus food for social good. It takes food from the manufacturing supply chain, which is perfectly good to eat but for a range of reasons didn’t make it to the mainstream supermarket shelves, and sells it to its members for a significantly reduced price – preventing food waste and helping to stretch family budgets in tough times.

Membership to the store is open to those living locally who are in receipt of some form of income support. In addition to providing access to fantastic food, Community Shop also gives its members access to ‘The Success Plan’: a tailored self-development programme to help individuals kick-start positive change in their own lives. From debt advice to home budgeting, CV skills to confidence building sessions and community events, Community Shop is proud to be having a transformative impact in the local community.

Community Shop members and staff together started a food growing space at a former car park, with generous funding from Incredible Edible Lambeth. The growing project is part of Community Shop’s food mentoring programme which seeks to repair relationships with food after members have experienced a period of food poverty – just one of many programmes it offers.

Together they have transformed the space, which once was an unused part of a car park, into an impressive and lush garden used for growing food.

The garden now offers a diverse range of activities to members and their children, including planting sessions, and provides members with the opportunity to learn new skills and then share them with others; building their confidence in the process. 

The winners of this year’s Lambeth Community Awards will be announced at an awards ceremony in September.

Clara Widdison, National Growth Manager at Community Shop, said:

“We are all delighted to have been nominated for this award. Community Shop colleagues and members together have put an extraordinary amount of work into creating this brilliant space, and it is fantastic to have this recognised by Lambeth Council.

“The garden has been a vital space for our community, in which people build great relationships with food and learn new skills – and it has given members the opportunity to embrace taking on responsibility and share what they have learned with others.”