Volunteers’ new shop to help Boothtown’s community work

A SHOP that will help the Halifax community of Boothtown has been officially opened.

Halifax TV star Paul Opacic, with help from Fax mascot Halicat, opened the Boothtown Partnership’s charity shop in Boothtown Road. Volunteers will staff the shop where local residents can donate and buy items such as toys, clothes, books, CDs and DVDs to generate cash to benefit the local community.

Vicky Robertshaw, of the partnership, said: “We’d like to say a massive thank you to our volunteers who helped with sorting out the shop for its grand opening this week. It was a great day.

“Everyone braved the weather, which wasn’t so good, but people still came to support us.

“There were loads of people there and we even managed to make £47 on the day which was really good.

“The community shop is all about improving the area and making it a better place to live.

“We want the shop to be a ‘hub’ so people can call in and see if there is anything they can do to improve the area or if they have any ideas or contributions to local projects.

“They can also see what projects are going on in Boothtown.”

The partnership plans to use cash raised through the shop to build a MUGA court - a Multi Use Games Area - in Grantham Road, where people can play sports, including basketball, football, tennis, cricket and hockey.

Mrs Robertshaw said: “We are working with Calderdale Council and local sports clubs to achieve the court and have put in a number of bids for money.

“Hopefully in the new year we will be some where near our £80,000 that we need. We wanted something for the younger people and teenagers to try and get them off the streets. The court would also service the school and community.”

The shop was created using cash awarded to the Boothtown Challenge project, one of 17 across the country currently piloting the new Neighbourhood Challenge programme.

The project was awarded more than £140,000 following a successful joint bid by Calderdale Council, Pennine Housing, Voluntary Action Calderdale and the Boothtown Partnership. Mrs Robertshaw urged local businessmen or women to offer advice on how the partnership can raise money.

Anyone who can help, or who can volunteer at the shop, can contact her on 07861 450916 or call into the shop, which is open 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday and Saturday 10am to 2pm.