What is a Community Shop
A community shop is a business owned and controlled by a large number of people from within the community and for community benefit.
Community shops are owned by members (sometimes known as shareholders) and are run democratically on the basis of one member one vote.
Membership is voluntary, affordable, and open to all in a community, and is the mechanism for ensuring the community has a genuine say in how the business is run.
Once in community ownership, an elected committee or board will continue to represent the wider membership and determine how the business is managed.
The committee will either delegate the day-to-day management of the business to a team of paid staff and volunteers (a managed shop
Community shops often go beyond providing basic retail provisions, and provide a wide range of additional services such as post offices and cafes. In addition, they become a hive of community and voluntary activity, providing a focal point for community events and services.
Community shops actively promote inclusion and take care to involve people of all ages and backgrounds and particularly look out for those most vulnerable in society.
They play an active role in addressing isolation and loneliness through the creation of employment and volunteering opportunities.