Connect: Community One Stop Shop

Community One Stop Shop have been short-listed to become the latest recipients of funding from Scotmid’s Community Connect – potentially being awarded up to £15,000 by members to fund a key project.

Launched in 2017, Community Connect enables Scotmid members to award good cause groups in their local area with a share of £25,000, generated via the sale of single use carrier bags.

In Scotmid’s East Member Region – encompassing Edinburgh, Fife and the Lothians – Community One Stop Shop, Kids Love Clothes and Street Assist are the good cause groups, who have been short-listed by a Scotmid member selection panel to receive funding of either the top award £15,000 or two runners-up awards of £5,000.

Scotmid members collect votes by swiping their Community Connect card after every in-store purchase and then cast their votes for their preferred good cause group either in-store or at Scotmid’s East Region Annual General Meeting at Murrayfield Stadium in April 2020.

Based in Broomhouse, Community One Stop Shop aims to alleviate the effects of poverty, deprivation and support people through times of crisis.

Community Connect funding would allow the charity to operate at weekends and open one night during the week – demand for their services increases every year and more than 3,000 people relied on their help during the past 12 months.

Community One Stop Shop Project Manager Carol Swann said: “We are excited to be shortlisted for the Scotmid Community Connect Funding.  Community One Stop Shop is committed to helping our clients fight the effects of poverty. We are seeking funding to extend our opening hours so we are able to reach more clients in crisis.”

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