More than 400 people supported by Winter Warmers pop-up shop

A project set up in Clacton to help vulnerable residents and those in need through the festive period has supported more than 400 people in two weeks.

The Winter Warmers pop-up shop opened earlier this month and its services have been in great demand.

The shop has now been closed in Clacton and will reopen in Harwich.

The scheme is a joint initiative between the Princes Trust, Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) and Tendring District Council (TDC).

It has been collecting clothes, blankets and other goods such as food and toys to hand out from its premises in the town’s Pier Avenue.

Lynda McWilliams, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Health and Community Safety, said the project is already a great success and is likely to be replicated elsewhere.

“In just two weeks Winter Warmers has helped more than 400 individuals on benefits and low incomes,” she said.

“There have been huge donations of clothes and there are stocks in reserve. The shop has also received a £500 donation from a local organisation which wants to remain anonymous and this money will be used to support people in need.”

The pop-up shop is now going to be opened in Harwich to support residents on the other side of the Tendring District.

TDC has also been contacted by Colchester Borough Hones and CAB Southend who are keen to establish a similar operation in their areas.

“This idea has been welcomed by the agencies in support of the hardship being faced by families and individuals in the community,” added Cllr McWilliams.

The project came about under the Community Builder Trial which received £53,000 from Essex County Council in a bid to develop stronger communities in Tendring.

A Community Builder, Diane Boyd has been employed to work with two Apprentice Community Connectors to identify examples of good practice and areas where communities need support.

The aim is help them to become more resilient and sustainable, and ultimately less reliant on statutory services.

Last updated on: 17/09/2014 - 12:54