Stockport Homes: Pantry volunteers named Community Group of the Year
A group of volunteers from Brinnington Pantry, a community-led food store in Stockport, have been awarded the Community Group of the Year award at the ‘Make a Difference’ awards.
The volunteers won the award for giving up their free time to work in the shop or on deliveries ensuring that the local community has access to this valuable resource. The “Your Local Pantry” scheme was founded by Stockport Homes in 2013.
For £2.50 per week, local residents can choose at least 10 items of food which include fresh fruit and vegetables, milk and bread and all the usual store cupboard favourites. The average shopping basket is often worth in excess of £10.
The group received a number of nominations from customers of the Pantry, friends and family.
The judges felt that the pantry should be singled out for an individual accolade as it is the local residents that help run the pantry. It was recognised that a project such as this would cease to exist without the valued support of their volunteers. The judges said they hoped that it would show the group how valued they are in their local area.
David Wright, Chair of Stockport Homes’ Board said, “Our volunteers play an integral role in helping to support Stockport Homes’ customers. The Brinnington group provide valuable help to benefit their local community by willingly devoting their time and effort. We are grateful for all the work our volunteers do and are thrilled that Brinnington Pantry volunteers have been recognised for all their hard work.”
The winners were announced at a ceremony at the Brinnington Community Centre on 17 March 2016 which was attended by Ann Coffey MP, Cllr Chris Murphy and Cllr Andy Sorton.
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