Photo taken by Tim Finch
In September 2014, Telford Crisis Network partners; Age UK, Salvation Army, British Red Cross, Shropshire Community Project, Stay, YMCA, Citizens Advice Bureau, Maninplace, Thrive, Impact, and Telford Crisis Support, teamed up to create Telford Community Store – a huge space offering every type of advice and support possible for those in crisis
At the heart of the store is Shropshire Community Project, a social enterprise that donates 70% of its profits to Telford Crisis Support to fund partner projects. We can’t thank Matt and the team enough for all of the support that they have given to us in the past 3 years. If you want to keep up with their progress and their move visit www.shropshirecommunityproject.org.uk or call 01952 291 569
Being based at the store has enabled people in crisis to be able to be referred in quickly by a partner organisation and access advice and support, get food, clothing, crockery, cutlery, bedding and receive other items that are essential if they have nothing.
Photo by Ollie Locker
The store has provided young people with work experience and new skills, we’ve given food to those in need, we’ve supported various local projects by fund raising and hosting events, we’ve given blankets and tents to the homeless as a temporary measure as well as linking them with Telford’s homeless support links, and we’ve managed to raise a lot of money to support local charities the give back to our community.
Unfortunately, the sad news is that the Unit in which the Telford Community Store occupies is to be taken over by a new company meaning that we have to leave. We have a new site ready to go and we will still run a drop in hub at the Park Lane centre in Woodside. From the 17th July we will be operating out of the TCS hub at Leegomery Community Centre.
Between September 2014 and July 2017 at the Foodbank at the Telford Community Store, our fantastic volunteers have put together in excess of 3500 emergency food parcels. That’s over 25000 meals!
We cannot thank everyone that has supported us during our time here, whether it be donating food or clothing, to volunteering, to just spreading the word about the great work that has been able to take place here. It has been an amazing journey.
Thank you Telford!