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Unwrapping Opportunities - Refill not Landfill

by Prospects Trust Unwrapped in Ely, England, United Kingdom

£4,502

raised of £8,000 stretch target

90

supporters
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This project will only be funded if at least £3,000 is pledged by 15th July 2020 at 11:55pm

Prospects Trust Unwrapped is leading an eco-ethical retail revolution in Ely Cambridgeshire, we need more investment to expand opportunities

by Prospects Trust Unwrapped in Ely, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

We wish to transform the outside area into a safe, accessible bistro area to enable our customers to linger longer when they shop at Unwrapped.  

The more funders the grander our plans! We have a waste not approach and will upcycle, reuse, repurpose or renovate our seating area.  All of Unwrapped's shop fittings have been donated and repurposed into new life, the same will be seen in our outdoor area. 

We have a very small retail area so a safe cycle rack (also a planter), a buggy park, a doggie zone will all improve the space inside the shop too.  

Any pledges donated will be used to maximise the retail offering of Unwrapped to meet the unexpected demand of our new customer base. We want to add more refills to our larder wall. We want to create a truELY local producer range.  We wish to offer more training and supported placements to young people with additional needs in the shop, cafe and zero-waste luncheon clubs.

Co-worker Anthony, who joined the team in September said "I really enjoy working on the till and helping customers".  Anthony and his fellow Co-workers have a fan club of eco-ethical consumers all wanting to shop differently and support local.  Unwrapped is novel but we want it to be mainstream. Support Unwrapped today and we will transform tomorrow!


Prospects Trust Unwrapped opened in September 2019 and has started a refill revolution for the local consumers of Ely, but more vitally, it has become the little shop where magic happens.  The Prospects Trust wanted to open a REAL shop to provide REAL work-based training opportunities for people with additional needs. It wanted to create an outlet for all the organic produce sown, grown and harvested by their Snakehall Farm Co-workers and it wanted to give Ely a different way to shop.  In just six months, Unwrapped has been created, launched and now offers 18 placements per week to individuals with additional needs. Unwrapped has already supported 4 learners gain accredited qualifications in retail and food safety and has just enrolled a further 7 learners for 2020.  Unwrapped has created retail opportunities for over 15 local eco artisans in their Craftisan Pods.  Unwrapped has created a sustainable solution to single-use plastic with its novel Refill Larder Wall and loose produce baskets. 

Now we want to UNWRAP the outside as soon as the COVID-19 is over and we are allowed to gather again.   We wish to transform the outside of the shop front into an accessible cafe area, with raised bed planters and cycle racks, doggie area and pushchair park.  We want to offer more space for more locals to linger longer in our unique Unwrapped store.  Your support will see us transform an old inaccessible gravel area into an upcycled, recycled and accessible seating area.  By increasing the seating area outside we aim to attract more customers to be served by more Co-workers, helping us put their new found retail skills to the test with the ultimate aim of getting paid employment for our Unwrapped Trainees in their local community.

If the lockdown continues we would use your funding support to continue delivering Unwrapped to our customers through innovative pop ups and home delivery options until we are safe to get back to normal!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£100 or more

3 of 100 claimed

£100 Reward - Unwrapped Champion

Your donation will entitle you to a stainless steel supporters plaque on our outside area

£500 or more

3 of 20 claimed

£500 Save the Seat

As a top reward you will have your name on a plaque on one of our new seats outside Unwrapped and you will be treated to an afternoon tea for 2 on a date of your choosing.

Let's make 'Unwrapping Opportunities - Refill not Landfill' happen

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