It has now been two months since the launch of The Community Grocery in Wythenshawe.
And as we head into the festive season at full speed, after what has been an undoubtedly turbulent year due to ongoing restrictions amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the services provided by this charity-led initiative could not be more vital.
At a time when the stigma around the use of food banks seems to be almost as high as the rates of unemployment and the level of economic struggle, The Community Grocery is here to help.
Its mission is simple, but profound.
The Community Grocery exists to bridge the gap between supermarkets and food banks to allow people left in a vulnerable position as a result of the pandemic to have independence and dignity.
And it’s really taken off.
The shop – which is part of The Message Trust’s site in Sharston – has been overwhelmed by the response since opening, and during the first couple of months alone has had over 750 families sign up to use the grocery system each week.
Of these members, over 100 register for debt relief courses and over 200 request mental health support.
If all of that wasn’t amazing enough as it is, The Community Grocery’s impact has also extended to protecting the environment, by managing to save a whopping 84 tonnes of surplus food that would have otherwise gone to landfill.
But just how did this groundbreaking initiative start though?
Well, it turns out The Community Grocery is just one cog in the wheel of the lifesaving work that The Message Trust has been carrying out this past year.
With the pandemic sadly pushing families closer to the poverty line than ever before, what began as a move by The Message Trust to re-purpose its community kitchens to feed the most vulnerable members of the community while the hospitality industry was temporarily closed back in April, saw The Mess Cafe – the community cafe which gives training and employment to ex-offenders, or those at risk of offending – become a hub for preparing and providing healthy meals to children missing out on their free school lunches, with a total of 60,000 meals sent out to those who need them most.
The support didn’t stop there either.
After realising that the need for such services was only increasing, a more sustainable and long-term option was brought about, and so, The Community Grocery was born.
The Community Grocery is passionate about individuals maintaining agency and continuing to support the local community beyond their primary needs.
A shopper who signs up for a membership not only has access to The Community Grocery, but can also make the most of a range of wider support services, including debt relief, mental health services, job clubs, and cooking and life skills classes, as well as exploring a selection of Christianity courses provided by The Message Trust.
And now, with a growing community of families signed up and a capacity of 1000 members, The Community Grocery is reaching out and encouraging those who live locally and may have recently lost their job, are entitled to the free school meals programme, or are simply just struggling, to access the support.
You can pop by the store anytime during opening hours – 9:30am – 4:30pm – and the team will walk you through your first £3 shop.
Looking ahead to the future, The Community Grocery has now managed to successfully secure funding to expand its offering across the North West region and is committed to launching another four groceries around Greater Manchester over the next four months.
The Community Grocery team is “so pleased” to be able to further serve local people in partnership with churches in the community to provide more available space.
And this also means there will be the opportunity for members to access the benefits of The Community Grocery across multiple locations over the next few months, so keep your eyes peeled and be sure to stay up to date on both Facebook and Instagram.
You can also find more information via The Community Grocery website here.
The Community Grocery, Message Enterprise Centre, Harper Road, Sharston, Manchester, M22 4RG.
A company is looking to pay someone £400 a month to relax in the bath
There’s nothing more perfect at the end of a long day than running a nice warm bath and getting some good relaxation in, right?
Well, get this – there’s actually a company out there who’s willing to pay you to do just that.
If you’ve ever wondered whether the dream job actually does exist, then here’s your question answered, as bathroom wholesaler, Bathroom Deal, is currently on the look-out for a ‘Bathroom Quality Assurance Tester’ to help it take customer satisfaction and quality assurance one step further.
The company says the customer experience is one of its “top priorities”, and that its mission is to make sure every customer is “more than happy” with the quality and functionality of the products it sells, as well as being satisfied with its our affordable prices.
But to do this, it’ll need a helping hand from one big bath-taking fan first, which is why the company is currently hiring for the coveted new role.
From luxury freestanding and fun whirlpool baths, to classic P-shaped tubs and corner baths, Bathroom Deal’s new ‘Bathroom Quality Assurance Tester’ will be expected to test out the quality of all the company’s different kinds of baths, so that it can be confident in the products it’s putting online for its customers.
The successful applicant will be asked to assess their time spent in the tub based on how comfortable they found it, how relaxed they felt, how easy it was to run the bath, and a whole load of other questions about the standard and practicality of the tubs.
“This new role is paramount to ensuring the high quality levels of our products,” the company said in the job specification.
Whilst in the bath, the lucky bather is welcome to watch Netflix, enjoy a bath bomb, listen to the radio, and ultimately, do all they can to simply try and relax, as this way, the company reckons they’ll be able to “authentically assess” both the comfortability and functionality of the products.
Applications for the coveted ‘Bathroom Quality Assurance Tester’ role are now open / Credit: Karolina Grabowska (via Pexels)
Oh, and did we mention you’ll get paid £400 a month for the ‘work’? Well, you will.
Does this sound like the ideal job for you? Of course it does, so if you fancy sticking an application in, all you need to do is be able to commit to between one and four hours a week to the position, and have strong written communication skills for completing feedback assessments.
You’ll also need to have a bathroom in your home that’s large enough to have Bathroom Deal’s fitters install baths of various sizes, up to one type per month.
Rudy’s is launching a Leap Day competition to win FOUR YEARS of free pizza
One of Manchester’s best-loved restaurants is celebrating this year’s Leap Day with an absolutely unmissable competition.
We’re talking FOUR YEARS worth of free pizza kind of ‘unmissable’.
In what is, quite literally, a once-in-a-four-year opportunity, Rudy’s has announced that it’ll celebrating the upcoming Leap Day this Thursday (29 February) by giving one lucky – and hopefully hungry – pizza fan the chance to win one of its elusive ‘Famiglia Cards’.
The popular pizzeria chain’s – which has Manchester city centre sites on Peter Street, Portland Street, and in Ancoats, alongside suburban restaurants in Chorlton, Didsbury, Sale, Warrington, and soon-to-be Prestwich, and loads more cross the UK – ‘Famiglia Cards’ are very rare.
Rudy’s is launching a Leap Day competition to win FOUR YEARS of free pizza / Credit: Rudy’s (via Instagram)
So rare, in fact, that according to Rudy’s, there’s apparently only 30 of them in circulation nationwide at the moment.
Each card usually entitles its owner to two free Rudy’s pizzas per week for a whole year… but this ‘Leap Day Famiglia Card’ is taking things one step further.
That’s because, the foodie lucky enough to secure this special card will be awarded the one-off opportunity to tuck into two free Rudy’s pizzas per week for the next FOUR years.
This equates to more than £4,000 or 16 Rudy’s pizzas between now and March 2028.
There’s said to only be 30 rare Rudy’s ‘Famiglia Cards’ in circulation across the UK / Credit: Rudy’s (via Supplied)
How amazing does this sound? To be in with a chance of claiming the coveted card, all pizza lovers have to do to enter the limited-time-only competition is look out for the dedicated post set to be shared on the official Rudy’s Instagram page @wearerudyspizza at 5pm this Leap Day (29 February).
With the competition only open for 24-hours, you’ll just need to make sure you’re following the Rudy’s account, then tag the friend you’ll be inviting to join you for free pizza in the comments.