The Big Help Project has extended its retail outlets to the wider city region this November, with the opening of the charity's first Sefton-based store at Carr Meadow Hey in Bootle.

The Community Shop, which is being delivered in partnership with One Vision Housing, was officially opened by M.P. Peter Dowd before a crowd of friends and well-wishers on November 17th. The Community Shop forms part of a network of stores across the Liverpool region, and sells quality, pre-loved items men's, women's and children's clothing, as well as bric-a-brac, booked, toys and small electricals.

All funds raised going towards the work of the Big Help Project, which supports people with a range of issues including debt management and help with finding work. The Big Help Project now delivers projects to a range of client groups including people needing support with debt management or looking for work, and new mums through the BabyBasics scheme.

Upon opening the Carr Meadow Hey Community Shop, Peter Dowd MP for Bootle said "It's great to see a community resource that people can engage with, buy from, volunteer in and use for the benefit of the whole community. I'm really pleased that this has opened up on the estate I grew up on as a child."

Roy Williams, Group CEO of The Sovini Group said "We are really pleased to be working in partnership with The Big Help Project. This Community Shop gives people in the area a place where they can seek advice, get any help they need and also offers them the chance to give back to the community."

Carr Meadow Hey Community Shop is also a point of contact for anyone wishing to access any of the Big Help Projects services, and a drop-off point for donations for the shops, South Sefton Foodbank and BabyBasics.