NSI’s community shop has reopened

Newton Stewart Initiative (NSI) has announced that its popular community shop in Dashwood Square has now reopened as restrictions ease.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 10th May 2021, 4:16 pm
Updated Monday, 10th May 2021, 5:00 pm
NSI community shop volunteers Marie Sargent, Rosemary McArther, Linda Woodfield
NSI community shop volunteers Marie Sargent, Rosemary McArther, Linda Woodfield

NSI is run by a small, but friendly group with lots of plans to make Newton Stewart a better place to live and work.

Any income made from the shop, which will be open every day expect Wednesday and Sunday from 10am-4pm, goes straight back into the community

Volunteer Linda Woodfield said: “We are fully stocked and look forward to welcoming customers back, and we have lots of quality items for sale at affordable prices.

"We are also very happy to accept donations of clothes, bric a brac, household goods etc.

"However, we need more volunteers to keep the shop open, just a few hours would be great if anyone can help.”

Money raised by the shop is given back to the community via grants for local voluntary groups.

Linda confirmed that last year despite the shop being closed during lockdown, NSI distributed a total of £3500 in grants.

One of the recipients was the WOMANS group, whose volunteers have been working hard to improve the look of the town with plants and clearing away litter.

The group have also been tidying up an overgrown area in Douglas Park and used the donation from NSI to buy more plants and materials.

Linda added: “NSI are proud to be able to support our community in this way and the fund will be open for applications again later this year.”

For more information, to become a member or trustee or help in the community shop call Katrina Dick on 07757 684938 or [email protected]artinitiative.net.

Alternatively visit www.newtonstewartinitiative.net or follow at www.facebook.com/newtonstewartinitiative.

Last NSI entered into a partnership project with D&G Youth Team with funding from the Holywood Trust to start a Climate Awareness programme.

This will involve young people building a path in Douglas Park which will link up with existing paths.

They will also create some interpretation panels which will inform people about Climate Change and about wildlife.