Choices Community Shop supports residents of Irvine
Posted on 7 Apr 2021
Residents in Irvine with a KA12 postcode can now get local access to a variety of low-cost food produce, ready-made meals and other essential items.
North Ayrshire Council has been supporting community organisations as they co-produce a North Ayrshire community food network known as “North Ayrshire Fairer Food,” following on from the initial coronavirus lockdown.
Choices Community Shop, on Fullarton Street in Irvine, is the newest community food project launched in partnership with the Council.
The facility works on a membership basis and provides a mini supermarket-like environment where residents have the opportunity to choose food specific to their own preferences, and dietary requirements. This is a dignified approach to food insecurity and helps money go further by giving access to quality food at a lower cost.
Residents visiting Choices will be asked to pay an annual membership fee of £1 and a weekly charge of £3 per week for individuals and £5 per week for larger families.
Unlike a food bank, Choices is not emergency food provision, and no referral is required to access the community shop. Residents in the KA12 area can apply for membership to access Choices by clicking on the following link: https://tinyurl.com/choicesfullarton
The volunteers at Choices Community Shop will also be able to signpost individuals and families to other services that can provide support on a range of topics including managing money, budgeting, cooking on a budget, accredited learning, community learning, volunteering opportunities and employability support.
Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, the shop is currently operating on an appointment-only basis. It will be open on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am – 1pm.
To make an appointment please call 01294 278207 or 01294 317156. Alternatively, you can email: Fullarton.Secretary@gmail.com.
Donna Fitzpatrick, from Fullarton Community Association, said: “During the pandemic there was a clear need for subsided food to help alleviate food poverty by providing food at a reduced cost to individuals and families.
“We would like to thank staff within North Ayrshire Council’s Connected Communities team for their support in getting our community shop open. We couldn’t have reached this stage without working in partnership with the Council.
“I would also like to say a special thanks to our dedicated volunteer teams who have been with us since we opened the community hubs in Fullarton and Vineburgh to support people who were shielding, isolating or needing a helping hand during the pandemic.”
Audrey Sutton, Executive Director of Communities and Education, said: “There is some fantastic work ongoing in North Ayrshire in relation to food provision, and we welcome this latest community food project to North Ayrshire’s Fairer Food network.
“It is inspiring to see the how committed the people in our communities are in making a real difference to the lives of families and individuals in the area. Well done to everyone who has played a part in the opening of Choices Community Shop!
“We will continue working in partnership with the amazing community organisations in North Ayrshire over the coming months, supporting them to provide food via community fridges, larders and pantries.”
If you would like to donate items to the shop or if you would like more information, please email Fullarton.Secretary@gmail.com or call either 01294 278207 or 01294 317156.