Post NID – keep the momentum

1 Home delivery to aged and infirm

2 Free glass loan

3 Sale or return food and drinks for local community functions

4 Prescription pick up service

5 Parcel acceptance point for families out at work

6 Community display board to promote local events

7 Discounts for local groups catering activities

8 Fax and copying facilities

9 List of local trades people to help in emergency

10 Local Christmas card pick up and distribution point

11 Organised collection point shoe repair/dry cleaning service

12 Tune in to and support local school

13 Gift wrap service for wine, chocolates

14 Contact local Parent Teacher Associations – what help do they need?

15 Village hall contact – display dates of events

16 Tune in to the local community centre

17 Old people’s homes – do they need help, visitors?

18 Contact the following to see if you can help with local projects:

Salvation Army

Rotary Club

Lions

Social Services

Round Table

Hospital (Special Babies Units etc)

Local schools and colleges

Scout/Cadets

19 Support local charities with money, stock, advertising in store, offering resource.

20 Checking on old people using a rota perhaps

21 Offering extra services:

Dry Cleaning, Shoe repairs, photo developing

22 Forums in shop with local police bobby

23 Crime prevention officer – link into him.

24 Neighbourhood Watch – promote its aims

25 Computer advice/helpdesk – if you are skilled give tips to your customers

26 Trips for OAP’s

27 Book swap to encourage footfall

28 List of cafes and restaurants in and around area with testimonials as what they are good for

29 Talk to local school or clubs about what it takes to manage a Features > Business, go through all the elements e.g. recruitment, training, buying, financial control

30 Offer to act as postman/collection

31 Switch on to the local community by speaking to local councillors

32 How do we share community information with our colleagues? During regular team meetings allocate some time to discussing local community activities and groups.

33 Have a notice board/flip-chart in the staff office where you and your colleagues can jot down ideas as and when you find out about opportunities.

34 Check you enter diary dates for local events e.g Fetes, Carnivals, Village Days

35 Contact local organisations such as schools and community groups and ask if there is any way you can help. For instance, are they saving up for anything or holding an event and need support.

36 Put up a community board in-store where people can put up posters/leaflets promoting events, meetings, groups etc

37 Invite local schools to use your notice board for school events

38 Run a competition in the local press giving away prizes

39 Fundraisers for local charities – do you know who they are?

40 Donate tea, coffee and biscuits to a women’s coffee morning for a couple of meetings

41 Donate money to a local nursery to fund new play equipment for the children

42 Donate money to the local library to help fund book baskets

43 Sponsor football shirts for the local 5-a-side or full scale football team

44 Invite schools, nurseries, cubs etc to use your notice board

45 Invite local radio reporters to your shop to interview people on issues of the day

46 Local Brownie/Cub groups pack shopping bags for shoppers to raise money for local charities (depend on size of store).

47 Hold fancy dress days, encouraging staff and customers to take part and raise money for local charities

48 Support local proof of age schemes for alcohol and tobacco

49 Sell electricity/gas top-up cards for prepayment meters

50 Local artists – devote a corner of the shop to display their work

l Contact: hq@fwd-uk.com

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