Village Shops and Post Offices
ORCC’s Community Development Worker (Village Retail Services) provides information, support and advice to village shopkeepers and community owned shops to help maintain the network of shops and post offices in rural Oxfordshire.
ORCC’s Village Shops service can assist:
• Village shops owned by independent shopkeepers
• Community owned village shops
• Villagers that no longer have a shop and want to set up a community owned shop
• Communities wishing to consider alternative ways of providing and accessing mail collection and other post office services
ORCC’s Village Shops service provides:
• Regular visits to rural shops and post offices
• Retail and business advice and information
• Mentoring of community groups setting up a community shop
• The Village Shops Handbook
• A quarterly Shops Newsletter
• Small grants from the Village Shop Small Grants Fund
• Oxfordshire Community Shops Network
• Oxfordshire Village Shop of the Year Competition
• Membership of the Rural Shops Alliance
ORCC recognises how valuable it is for local people to be able to purchase supplies and access banking and postal services without having to travel outside the village, particularly those who rely on local facilities for their everyday supplies. The shop and post office are also important social hubs in a village – a place to share information and meet with friends and neighbours.
For further information contact Stefan Wathan on 01865 883488
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