Cosy up this winter at community changing pop-up shop in Enfield opening 10 November
Cosy Cove, Enfield’s only pop-up shop powered by volunteers on the Retail Ready People project, will be open and ready for business in the heart of Enfield town centre at 11am on Saturday 10 November for three weeks only. Cutting the ribbon will be Nick de Bois, MP for Enfield North and he will be joined by Mark Rudling, Enfield Town Centre Manager, to celebrate the town’s involvement in the project.
Cosy Cove marks the beginning of pioneering voluntary project Retail Ready People, a FREE 12-week skills development and volunteering programme giving 16 – 25 year olds the chance to set up and run a pop-up shop in their local area.
The volunteers are creating a space where locals can celebrate the Enfield community, helping to repair some of the damage done to the area’s reputation following last year’s riots. Throughout November, Cosy Cove will be located at 16 Burleigh Way, and will be open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am until 5pm plus evenings where the creative hub will come alive with workshops.
The Enfield volunteers have opted to provide their customers with a space where they can relax and check out the range of seasonal offerings, homeware, natural skincare products and other handmade products made by local people.
Mark Rudling Enfield Town Centre Manager, Enfield Business and Retailers Association said: "Retail Ready People will provide a timely boost to the local area supporting young people, local employers and the community as a whole. It’s a fantastic initiative and we are really proud and honoured that Enfield has been chosen by Retail Trust and vInspired as one of the first locations. I would encourage everybody in the community to get involved.”
Ellen Louise Patmore, who is heading up the News and Promo team, said: “Following the riots last year, we want to challenge people’s negative perceptions of young people stereotypes about young people. What better way than creating a relaxing comfortable place where the community can get together and get kitted out for winter at the same time?”
Keep up to date with Cosy Cove on Twitter @cosycoveretail and #retailready, or to register for the workshops call 07960 594 681.
The first pop-up shop, Make Away in Brighton, in the pioneering project Retail Ready People opened on Saturday 3 November. Live screen-printing in the shop window attracted shoppers who customised their own t-shirts designs from local artists. Other items include artists’ prints and hand-made jewellery. Find out more at www.make-away.com or on Twitter @make_away and #retailready. To see photos from the launch of Make Away, see www.retailtrust.org.uk/makeaway or to view a video to see how it all works, visit www.youtube.com/retailtrust.
Official launch: Saturday 10 November
Shop idea: Cosy Cove is a pop-up shop for the people of Enfield and London to come and experience something cosy and chilled in winter, but more importantly it’s all about rebuilding the community following the riots.
Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10am - 5pm
Location: 16 Burleigh Way, Enfield, EN2 6AE
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Retail Ready People
Delivered in partnership by vInspired and Retail Trust, Retail Ready People is a FREE 12-week skills development and volunteering programme which gives 16 – 25 year olds the chance to set up and run a high street shop in their local area. Retail Ready People provides training and support as well as practical skills and experience to help young people find out more about retail careers, progress and get promoted. www.retailtrust.org.uk/rrp
Retail Trust (registered charity numbers 1090136 and SC039684) is the only charity that looks after the needs of all 3 million people working in retail and currently provides grants and services of approximately £1.5 million per annum to people who are working in or have worked in the retail industry or associated businesses. www.retailtrust.org.uk
vInspired helps young people to discover the value of volunteering - for themselves and for others. It uses the power of online to inspire offline actions - offering easy-to-access opportunities and support for young people to get involved with good causes in their communities. Since its launch in May 2006, vInspired has worked with over 500 charities and community organisations and 200 businesses to create over 1 million youth volunteering opportunities. www.vinspired.org