The Blackpool Fairness Commission is an independent body, established by Blackpool Council to develop and implement ways to make Blackpool a fairer place to live, work and learn.
Update for the Fairness Commission Board – March 2015
The project originated with a Fairness Commission Steering Group discussion, from members who had noted the opportunities for providing well-priced, good-quality food in areas of Blackpool that don’t have access to such provision. A community shop may also provide a more long-term solution for residents accessing food banks.
A community shop working group has been set up to explore the feasibility of the idea. Joining Steering Group members Tracy Hopkins (Chair), Arif Rajpura and Mark Fitzgerald, are community representatives, Blackpool Food Partnership representatives, Council staff and ward councillors.
The venue will be the City Learning Centre (CLC) at Grange Park.
Key elements will include:
Key areas of output to be measured would be:
Support from the Plunkett Foundation
At around the same time as the discussion at the Fairness Commission Steering Group, the Plunkett Foundation launched a national funding and business advice programme to support the development of urban community shops (they have a track record of supporting community shops in rural areas).
CVS led a bid to the Plunkett Foundation and secured an initial £5000 of business support. This supports communities to explore feasibility of a community shop prior to bidding for further capital funding (also from the Plunkett Foundation). Blackpool’s Citizen’s Advice Bureau will be leading the bid for further funding.
The group will be carrying out some market research, led by community members – this will include: