Community Shop is about more than just food. We offer low cost food and support services for people who are at risk of or experiencing food poverty. Our members shop for good food at great prices, which eases pressure on their family budgets, and access tailored, professional development programmes to kick-start positive change in their own lives. We're aiming to empower individuals, and build stronger families and stronger communities using surplus food that would have otherwise ended up in landfill.
We are passionate about personal development and each person being their best self with the will and skills to succeed. Through the four week Kickstart sessions, we come together to look at the person we want to be, the relationships we hold and the life we want to have and how we can use our membership at Community Shop to get there.
Kickstart helps us identify any barriers in the way of the future we want and gives us the confidence and tools we need to move them. The sessions are also about meeting other people in the community and using our experience and knowledge to make our community the most confident it can be.
Money Matters is a conversation through which we can take a gentle look at money, the part it plays in our lives, the joys and sorrows it can bring and how to take control of it as part of a happy life. We chat about our relationship with money, what we value and need, making the most of money with brilliant budgeting, and tools for basic banking and saving.
Additional one-on-one debt and benefit advice is available so that members can control their money, and not let it control them. Our Skills Workshop supports members in building stepping stones towards their career goals. Additional one-on-one training is available in application writing, CV building and interview skills.
Our Business Insight group meet to explore the joys and challenges of operating a business and support one another in planning a business start-up. It’s a great stepping stone towards moving onto the New Enterprise Allowance, but it's also perfect for exercising the brain with some creativity! We work with lots of organisations, both locally and nationally, that support start-ups to get going and make them a success.
Our Peer Mentors are members who share our passion for their community. They commit themselves to support people on their personal development journey and host groups of members with shared aims and interests. Each Peer Mentor receives training from Community Shop, a formal qualification in adult mentoring, as well as on-going support from the lead mentor. Peer Mentors are central to the community that makes up Community Shop, welcoming and guiding new members, and becoming connectors within their local area.
Cooking and eating together are two things that build strong individuals and confident communities. All of our members have experienced, or been at risk of, food poverty. Cook Club brings members into our kitchen, a space in which they can examine their relationship with food. We talk about our favourite food memories, replicate recipes of childhood favourites, taking foraging walks and try new foods together.
Growing Space is our growing area where members plant, grow and harvest together. All of the edibles, such as courgettes, beans, tomatoes and herbs, are used in our Community Kitchen. Our Growing Space also creates a welcoming environment for members to spend time together. We all communicate with each other using food. It can mean, ‘I care about you’ or ‘I want to share with you’. Through food, we can learn a lot about other people and their backgrounds.
Melting Pot brings together a diverse group of members to create a menu using their own recipes that they then cook and serve as a community meal for other members to enjoy. Each quarter we celebrate food in a different way. Recent Feast Days have included community Christmas lunches, markets and themed communal cooking sessions and workshops. The emphasis of these occasions is to come together around great food to celebrate all the wonderful and amazing things happening in the community.
All Sessions are part of a four week course that are delivered monthly at either 10am - 12pm or 1pm - 3pm
Contact name: Lead Mentor; Debbie Seward
Phone number: 0800 024 6691
40-42 Barnsley Road, Goldthorpe, Rotherham, S63 9NE
Published: 09 August 2019