Future Proofing St Dominick Community Shop

Future Proofing St Dominick Community Shop

Lead Organisation: St Dominick Community Shop Ltd

Investment Priority: Community and Place

Fund: Community Levelling Up

SPF awarded: £21,812

Location: St Dominick, Callington

St Dominick Community Shop was established as a response to the closure of the village shop and Post Office in 2019. After wide consultation, a Community Benefit Society was formed and the shop opened in 2020 in a converted second hand metal cabin. The shop was so successful that a second new cabin was added in the summer of 2022. The shop opens 7 days a week, employing two part time managers and is run by 52 local volunteers.


Since opening, the community shop has become a social hub for the community where people meet and stay for social time. The shop hosts a visiting Post Office service on two days each week and a visiting fresh fishmonger from Looe every two weeks together with being an outlet for local producers.


The project will improve and enhance the shop’s credentials as a sustainable and carbon-low retail and social hub. Part of the project is to install 15 solar panels to the roof of the building together with fitting cladding to the external walls of the original cabin, making it more energy efficient. The solar panels will also support the business with the running of a total of 8 display fridges and freezers and reducing the overheads.


The shop also plans to establish a new volunteer-run delivery service, to help those who cannot visit the shop in person, this will help those whose access is impacted by their health or disability and will improve the lives of elderly residents in this rural location.


The Community Shop’s constitution as a Community Benefit Society means they aim to redistribute a proportion of surplus for the social benefit of the village community so a reduction in energy costs will result in additional surplus which will translate into social benefit into the future.


The shop is situated in a poorly lit area, as there are no streetlights. This project will fit external lighting to the front and side of the shop as a safety measure, as, during the winter months, the volunteers to the shop are arriving and leaving in darkness. Also, at present, fewer customers visit the shop in the winter before 10:00am or after 4:00pm which loses custom, but by fitting motion sensored lighting to the shop, the safety will be improved and therefore, it is expected that customer numbers will also improve.


The shop has purchased an A3 standing noticeboard to display any promotions, but these need changing regularly and there are frequent trips to a local printer to obtain new posters. As part of this project, they will be purchasing their own laptop and A3 printer so that they are able to create and print their own posters. The printer will also be offered for use by the community at a small cost.





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