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Community Shop officially opened by Department of Health

Thursday, 09 August, 2012 - Modified on Thursday, 09 August, 2012 at 2:51 pm


Bilbrook AT Home Shop was recently visited and officially opened by Stephen Johnson, Deputy Director and Head of Long Term Conditions at the Department of Health. Mr Johnson cut the ribbon in front of a number of representatives from South Staffordshire Community & Voluntary Action (South Staffs CVA) Staffordshire Fire & Rescue, Staffordshire & Stoke on Trent NHS Partnership Trust, local Housing Associations and the Carers Association South Staffordshire amongst others. Mr Johnson was clearly impressed by the strong partnership of organisations which came together to help support the project.


Emily Simmonds, Outreach Officer from South Staffs CVA, the charity which runs the shop, said the opening is a prominent point in the life of the project “This is a very high profile opening for the shop. It means a lot for the project to have Mr Johnson’s support at such an early stage, especially as the shop has only been open for a few weeks.”


The shop has received positive feedback from customers from “It’s amazing to have this around the corner” to “very helpful”. And with the mobile shop-in-a-box (the Box Of Trix) going out to community groups & venues in South Staffs the benefits will be spread even further than Bilbrook, reaching those in more isolated areas who may not be able to travel to the shop.


The Shop & Box Of Trix provide low cost, simple to use gadgets to help people in their daily life. A select range of items are available off-the-shelf at reasonable prices (mostly under £10), and if they don’t have what you need, staff are happy to order them in.


Items proving popular so far have been one-touch can openers, one-touch jar openers, long handled shoe horns, radar keys (for access to disabled toilets) and sock and stocking aids to help you get dressed in the morning.


As the Shop & Box Of Trix is run by a charity, all income is reinvested to support and develop the project further. The Bilbrook AT Home Shop and Box Of Trix is funded by the County Council’s Community Wellbeing Fund, Health & Social Care, Staffordshire Fire & Rescue and Housing Plus.


For more information or to book a Box Of Trix Visit contact Emily on (01902) 851675, email: emily.simmonds@sscva.org.uk or visit the shop on Friday mornings (9am-1pm) at Bilbrook House, 10 Carter Avenue, Bilbrook, South Staffs WV8 1HH.


Picture below shows Stephen Johnson from the Department Of Health opening Bilbrook AT Home Shop with Emily Simmonds (Outreach Officer Bilbrook AT Home Shop), David Leese (Chief Officer South Staffs CVA)