New Shop Opens For Those Struggling To Make Ends Meet
A new shop aiming to provide help and support to people in the borough struggling to make ends meet has just opened in Redcar.
The Next Step Shop, based on Queen Street, is being run by local charity Footprints in the Community as an additional outlet to its Redcar Area Foodbank. This new shop has a focus on people that regularly go to the foodbank, with a ‘members only’ policy running.
The idea is that members will pay £2 a week and will be able to choose ten items of food to a value of £10-£15, with the hope being that the numbers of people using the Foodbank will reduce while giving them a self-esteem boost at the same time.
As well as support from the Council, Footprints in the Community received funding from Awards for All – a National Lottery scheme – which will see the shop open two days a week on a Tuesday and Friday 11am-1pm initially during the pilot scheme, which runs until January 2016.
Customers who are looking to use the shop will need to complete an application form which needs to be counter-signed by an agency before it is submitted.
It's hoped that if the pilot is a success the charity will seek funding to keep the shop open for longer.