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A new Salvation Army shop and church launched on Saturday 1st July in Lime Square Shopping centre, Openshaw, Manchester.
This is the first time the Salvation Army’s Trading Company has opened a charity shop in the same building as one of its churches.
Trevor Caffull, Managing Director of Salvation Army Trading Company Ltd, said:
“This is an incredibly exciting project for us as the shops we operate are normally run in separate locations to Salvation Army corps. It will be great to see what opportunities arise as a result of working from the same building.”
The Salvation Army has been working and worshipping in Openshaw for well over 100 years and the corps previously ran its own shop for six years, serving the community.
Captain Jon Bishton, church leader at Openshaw, said: “We’re delighted to move into the new space. We will continue to run our full programme which supports the community.
“We spend time with local people, understanding their needs and work with them during times of crisis in a range of ways which include providing emergency food provision. Our new space means we can expand our offer of community activities and run our youth club.”
“The new shop will offer extra volunteering opportunities and will connect to more local people who may need our support.
“Our door is always open and we would also like to encourage local people to join us in worship on Sundays.”
The new project was officially opened by the UK’s Territorial Leader, Commissioner Clive Adams.
For more information on how you can get involved with The Salvation Army in Openshaw contact Jon or Jane Bishton email@example.com