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Residents help promote store

Residents help promote store

News of co-production activities, events and engagement from Adullam’s projects across all locations is pouring in.

Kings Church in Bolton opened a community grocery store yesterday and Adullam resident representatives from Fleet House and Chorley Old Road went to the grand opening with members of staff.

The store is a variation on food banks; you pay £5 membership and then can do a weekly shop for around £3.

On arriving at the store, the Adullam visitors were introduced to some of the volunteers over a cuppa. They then all went into the community room where a member of staff explained the idea of the community store.

Having heard how it works the residents were registered and went to shop in the store. They were also given the opportunity to volunteer for courses at the church which include money management, cooking and mental health wellbeing.

One of the Fleet House residents, Shannon, volunteered to help out at the youth club run at Kings.

On returning to Fleet House, Shannon did a presentation about the benefits of the grocery store for other residents. It was clearly a success, as at least two residents made their way to the church afterwards to register themselves.

Commenting on the experience, Life Skills Coach Chantelle who works at Chorley Old Road said: “Honestly my heart melted; everything was fresh produce, all in date too. The look on the residents’ faces including mine was priceless, all of them were so happy.

“My client Leon and I chatted to the other residents when we got back and showed them the pic of some of the things you can get. Other residents informed staff they will be going and signing up. The welcoming from the people that work there was amazing.”

Over in Salford at Adullam’s Liberty House, lots of work is going into preparing for an outdoor event at the end of the week. Young residents are taking part in discussions about staffing, services standards and accommodation standards and planters in the back garden are being filled ready for vegetable growing.

In Derbyshire, co-production has seen a colourful calendar created with a year of plans put in place as a result of staff and residents discussing activities. Among things to look forward to all being involved with are football in Buxton, a home cooking day with everyone preparing food from their hometown, a sparkle night walk in Chesterfield and a barbeque at Woolley Bridge.

Adullam’s National Co-production Week is going well and there’s lots more to come!