#MoreThanAShop is an initiative to inspire & encourage rural community shops to welcome folk in for more than just their shopping. This can be vital social contact & knowing they are welcome to stay awhile can mean everything. Another way to #endloneliness

Are you a community store that is #MoreThanAShop?

Do folk know that they can tarry a little longer for a chat? For some people visiting their local shop is a huge part of their social contact, maybe their ONLY contact.

As the days draw in and the nights get longer, loneliness becomes ever more obvious and painful for those experiencing it. So we want to know where these wonderful shops are, what they do and then encourage and inspire others to do the same.

Suffolk County Councillors are willing to be approached for help from their locality budgets if you need some help to achieve your #MoreThanAShop status, and there are other small grants out there too.

All #MoreThanAShop stores will get a lovely window sticker and the chance to enter a competition next Autumn to be our #MoreThanAShop of the year 2020.

You can change someone’s life simply by offering a chance to stay awhile and have a chat. Those chats can lead to new friendships and open up a wonderfully reconnected life for isolated rural residents.

We’re about to launch our new initiative!

November 25th,  10am -11.30am at the Somersham & District Community Shop, Suffolk,

with the help of their MeetUpMondays™ group!

Stand by for more news.

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