Community shop opens at Dovecote Meadow

Community shop opens at Dovecote Meadow

A new community shop based in the Dovecote Meadow Extra Care development in Sunderland is now open for business.

The shop is managed by the voluntary organisation the Pallion Action Group, which successfully applied for funding from Sunderland City Council’s West Area Committee. They are employing people from the local community and providing training in stock control, customer care, bookkeeping, marketing and publicity.

Community development officer at Pallion Action Group, Karen Wood, said: “With continuing support from Sunderland City Council through the West Area Committee, the community is working together and achieving a great deal.

“The new community shop at Dovecote Meadow is a great example of what can be done, and will provide a wide range of opportunities for a wide range of people.”

Designed and built in partnership with Sunderland City Council, developers Keepmoat and Housing & Care 21, Dovecote Meadow provides 175 apartments as well as community facilities including a hairdressers, beauty therapy centre and restaurant.

Maureen Hall, Dovecote Meadow manager said: “The shop is a wonderful resource for our residents, and also shows the great relationship we have with the local community here.”

The shop, which has been named ‘Nostalgia’, was officially opened on Tuesday 10 February by the Leader of Sunderland City Council, Councillor Paul Watson. He said: “This new community shop demonstrates how much we can all achieve working in partnership. It will not only provide residents of Dovecote Meadow with their own local shop, but also create jobs and the chance for local people to develop and increase their personal skills.

“Training and volunteering are great ways of increasing your employment prospects, getting involved with your friends and neighbours, and helping to create a stronger community.”

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