What we do
Maslow's Community Shop was set up in February 2016 as a not for profit community interest company (CIC) and has since provided immediate relief to people in need with toiletries, clothing, and household goods. We are conveniently located in the Govan area of Glasgow, where many asylum seekers are first living after arriving in Glasgow.
We have ties to local community initiatives, Migrant Help and the Red Cross, who refer persons in need to us. We give everyone monthly vouchers they can spend on items in the store, and also give out free food. But Maslow's is more than just a shop. We run English classes and help our volunteers find training that prepares them for the job market. With an international team of volunteers covering many languages, we can also help asylum seekers orientate themselves in the city and point them towards other groups that can help.
From April to July, we welcomed about 60 single persons and 60 families from over 30 different countries, including the UK. Their reasons for needing our support range from destitution and hardship, not being allowed to work in the UK as asylum seekers, family reunions, and emergencies such as the flooding of a house. Maslow's is trying to help all by providing people with toiletry bags, socks and underwear when they first arrive, to give some immediate relief for basic needs.
Why we need your support
To keep the shop open and running, we rely on people donating clothes and household items we can then pass on in the shop. We also depend on selling items to cover our expenses, such as rent and utilities, but also volunteers' expenses, toiletry bags, and items such as nappies, new underwear and socks. While a higher number of people have been referred to us between April and July, we sold fewer items, which means we are running the shop at a loss right now.
If we want to continue providing support to everyone coming through our door, we need to raise funds to cover us for the rest of the year.
To do this, we need to raise £5000. This amount would allow us to ensure we can give everyone the same level of support while keeping the shop open until the end of the year.
How will your donation help?
Every donation will help us towards covering the following expenses:
£2,000: Volunteers’ Expenses
We are open from Monday to Friday. Each of these days, we provide lunch to our volunteers and refund their travel expenses, if needed. This amounts to £20 per day and £100 per week. With this money, we could cover volunteer expenses for 20 more weeks, bringing us well into next year.
£1,500: Toiletry Bags
Every person referred to us receives a toiletry bag with bare essentials, including a toothbrush and paste, shampoo, shower gel, body lotion, female hygiene products, razors and shaving cream, a pair of socks and underpants. Per bag we spend about £5. With this money, we could buy products to put together 300 toiletry bags, hopefully covering us until the end of the year.
As asylum seekers, mothers with babies up to one year old receive an additional £5 per week, not nearly enough to cover the cost of nappies for a young infant. We can only give each mother about 6 nappies, if we have the right size available, as we are unable to cover all needs. With this money we could stock up on different sizes.
£1000: Winter Shoes
It will soon be winter again and, living in Scotland, it always comes in handy to have a proper pair of shoes. With this money we could buy a selection of winter shoes for women, men and children, in different sizes, to give to people in need.
The Maslow Team Thanks You!