Collyweston Community Shop stocks a variety of items alongside standard produce, ranging from pressed cordials and homemade bread to freshly picked vegetables and delicious impulse snacks.
The layout of this shop is well thought out. Fresh produce and snacks are located at the front of the store and less popular items are round to the back of the store. Collyweston caters for the affluent locals who take joy in purchasing own brands and yummy favourites and passing trade who are in need of a grab and go snack.
Sandra invests her time in giving the elderly social opportunities with door to door visits and delivers fresh produce to her community when they cannot get to the larger shops outside of the village.
The shop’s most recent donation was a contribution to the funding for a defibrillator, which is located outside the shop, with more ideas in the pipeline to better their village.
A range of services are also offered, including mobile top-ups, bill payment facilities, dry cleaning and shoe repairs. Sandra also understands the benefit of social media and likes to keep her shoppers up to date on Twitter and Facebook.
Sandra ensures that all her staff feel confident in their positions, whether it be delivering products, stocking up or serving customers. For some, helping out at the community shop gives them a sense of meaning and belonging.
As all staff are volunteers, Sandra is less affected by wage increases and focuses more on the shop’s profit flowing straight back into the community.
We would like to thank Sandra for her hospitality on our visit to the beautiful village of Collyweston and what a delight it was to experience a true sense of community through her village shop.