A craft shop will be opened next week (September 12) in Ardrossan’s Glasgow Street, with profits from the sale of goods going to help fund the work of the North Ayrshire Food Bank, which is located at the Church of the Nazarene in the same street.
The craft shop initiative is the work of Barbara McCulloch, her brother Richard Wilson and his wife Janice, who are all retired. They set up Community Crafts to help local ‘crafters’ sell their products and have decided money raised will go to the food bank, which provides emergency food to people in crisis.
The shop will be officially opened by North Ayrshire Provost Joan Sturgeon who told the3towns, “Barbara, Richard and Janice give their time freely to run this shop, which not only helps the local economy but supports the food bank.
“Thousands of people across the country are turning to food banks to help feed their families because they’ve found themselves in financial difficulty. It’s a great testament to the community that they have banded together to help, and I would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to contribute to this worthwhile cause.”
Cllr Sturgeon added that supporting the work of the food bank through shopping at the new craft outlet would “stop local people going hungry”.
The North Ayrshire Food Bank at the Church of the Nazarene is open between 11:00am and 1:00pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of every week. Care professionals, such as doctors, health visitors, social workers, Citizens Advice Bureaux and police identify local people in crisis and issue them with a food bank voucher. This can then be redeemed for three-days of emergency food. Volunteers at the Food bank meet clients over a cup of tea or free hot meal and are able to offer advice on which agencies can help solve longer-term problems.