29.04.2021 - News
Hat-trick for Company Shop Group, as Community Shop wins Queen’s Award
Community Shop, the UK’s first social supermarket chain, has today been announced as a winner of the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise, in the Promoting Opportunity category. The award makes it a hat-trick for Company Shop Group after winning the Sustainable Development accolade in 2015 and 2019. It recognises the deep impact of Community Shop’s intense, sustainable support model in helping to change lives and empower communities for the benefit of generations to come. Situated in some of the UK’s most deprived communities, Community Shop’s network of six social supermarket stores are open to individuals and families who are in receipt of welfare support and are motivated to make a positive difference to their lives. Community Shop provides members with immediate access to high-quality, low-cost food and essential products. To address the physical and psychological impact that a prolonged lack of food access can bring, it also offers life-changing personal development support – helping to rebuild lives and develop long-term aspiration change in communities. A snapshot of Community Shop’s positive impact for its members, recognised by today’s Queen’s Award, includes:
- Supporting a total of 7,882 families across England.
- Providing over 30 million meals, helping members to reconnect with food.
- Supporting 642 members back into employment, and 809 into further education.
- 7,120 people have engaged with Community Shop’s personal development programmes.
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