The Deptford-based Evelyn Community Store which offers discount produce to families on lower incomes has celebrated winning the Travis Perkins Managed Services Award for Community Health and Wellbeing.
At the ceremony which took place on 26 September the store was awarded a cheque for £5000 in recognition for their achievements. The initiative is funded by Travis Perkins Managed Services.
Based in Deptford’s Evelyn Community Centre, the Community Store was set up as a partnership between the Evelyn Tenants and Residents Association (TRA), Lewisham Homes and food waste charity FareShare. It’s currently staffed by 15 volunteers from the local community. The Evelyn Community Store operates a service based on a membership basis, offering approximately £30 worth of goods for just £3.50 per week.
The award acknowledges that the store supports individuals and fosters a healthy, resilient and connected community. Accepting the award were residents from the Evelyn TRA, including Chair Keith Walton, who said: ‘We’re ecstatic to receive this award. It shows that we are valued beyond belief by all concerned with the project.’
Margaret Dodwell, Chief Executive of Lewisham Homes said: ‘When I visited the Community Store, I saw at first-hand not only the impact it has on participants but also the passion the volunteers have for making a difference in their community. Congratulations to everyone who works on this great initiative.’
Rita Lad, Account Manager at Travis Perkins Managed Services said: ‘We are delighted that the Evelyn Community Store won the Health and Wellbeing Award at our My Community Awards last month. The awards exist to celebrate amazing projects such as these – projects that engage communities and enrich the lives of local residents. We hope the £5,000 award means that Evelyn Community Store can continue to support residents and give them the opportunity to make a difference to even more people living in food poverty.’
Find out more about the store here.