Twelve Liverpool volunteers are uniting to reopen the CAFOD support charity shop in St John's Road, Waterloo. The shop, which was set up by keen members of the community 26 years ago, has raised more than three quarters of a million pounds for the international Catholic development charity. In December 2018, it was forced to close due to a shortage of key volunteers.
Over the years, the shop has made an enormous difference to communities around the world by donating its profits to CAFOD, while offering support to local people with a friendly smile and the sales of affordable household items while helping local people to reuse valuable materials.
CAFOD, which works with people of all faiths and none worldwide, has agreed to support the Shop to get back to opening its doors again before 31 March.
Shop manager, Wendy Francis-Rowe, said: "The CAFOD support shop is a part of the life of the area and has changed hundreds of thousands of lives people living in some of the poorest communities overseas.
"We were so sorry it had to close and hope it's temporary so we're back on solid ground soon. Together, we are confident that we can soon be back up and running and making a difference. Local people have the power to help."
CAFOD's local representative in Liverpool, Ged Edwards, added: "The CAFOD support shop provides such fantastic support locally and you couldn't find a friendlier group of people! The volunteers are great fun, really dedicated and it's a real example of what volunteering can do! People around the area donate to the shop because they trust it goes to the right place.
"If you'd like to help revive the shop by volunteering or giving other support, we would love to hear from you."
The shop is looking for a shop manager/coordinator, two different day managers, and some shop assistants.
If you can help or you'd like to find out more, please contact: [email protected] or call 0151 228 4028.
To find out more about CAFOD's work, visit: cafod.org.uk
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