A local Shirebrook food bank has now opened a new community shop in the town thanks to £33,000 worth of grants from Bolsover District Council and Bolsover Partnership.
The Brook Centre has been at the heart of the community providing assistance and support to local residents for many years, but since the pandemic demand for food has been on the increase.
The grants have helped the centre transition from a food bank to a community shop where for a £5 minimum membership local people can obtain a large bag of food of their choice from the shop on site each week for a minimum donation of £5.
Council Leader, Councillor Steve Fritchley said, “This is a great community project and one that we are delighted to have been able to support with both grants and advice.
“The past twelve months have been very challenging for some and the Brook Centre has been at the heart of that challenge in Shirebrook. Amanda and the team do a great job in helping those in need and this shop is a way for local families to invest in their community and reap the benefits of a sustainable way to access food and support beyond the pandemic.”
For those who struggle to afford the donation or membership a full wrap- around support service is provided with an on-site provision from the Citizens Advice Bureau to help people access to benefits, housing and wellbeing services.
The grants have been provided by our Business Grant Scheme (£10k) and Bolsover Partnership’s Public Health Locality Funding (£22k).