The Evelyn Community Store in Deptford held its official opening event last week.
Created to support residents from the Evelyn estate on low incomes, the store operates on a membership basis at a cost of £3.50 a week. In return its 40 members are provided with approximately £30 worth of high-quality food and groceries.
The event was attended by local families and residents, who heard speeches from our CEO Margaret Dodwell, Board Chair Ainsley Forbes and Cllr Jonathan Slater. The store’s volunteers were then presented with certificates in celebration of their commitment to the initiative, followed by an official ribbon cutting. Festivities got underway with food and free family entertainment, including face painting, a ball pit, a bouncy castle and back massages.
Community Relations Manager, Alys Exley-Smith, said: “It’s great to see so many people who’ve come to celebrate the opening of the community store. Though it’s unfortunate that something like this has to exist, we’re grateful that we’re able to provide the residents of the Evelyn estate with affordable and healthy food options.
“Thank you to the Evelyn TRA and everybody involved in making this a possibility, and for making today’s event such a success.”
Natasha Ricketts, one of the store’s co-ordinators, said: “It was fantastic to be able to bring volunteers and members together to officially open the store on such an amazing day. It’s also incredibly gratifying to continue to receive such strong backing from partners such as Lewisham Homes. A massive thank you to everyone who came along to show their support.”
You can find out more about the store, including how to volunteer or become a member, here.