New store opens its doors and its heart to local community

Burgess Hill co-op
Burgess Hill co-op

A new store in Burgess Hill has pledged to help a charity in the town.

The Co-operative food store, in London Road, has pledged to help Circles Network which runs the Burgess Hill time bank.

The time bank is a way for people to share skills with others in their community and be rewarded for it – in time.

For every hour of time a person gives providing a service, they will receive one time credit, which can then be exchanged when they need something in return.

Steve Jarvis, the Co-op store manager, said: “This scheme sits well with the ethos of The Southern Co-operative, which as a member-run business, has always had a purpose beyond simply making a profit.”

The new store has created 20 jobs for local people and the Southern Co-operative has pledged £500 worth of food and drink to support Circles Network events and projects as well as volunteering support.

Christina Ryan, who works for the time bank, said the support from a big company will help people in Burgess Hill get to know about the charity.

The time bank is free to join and does not affect benefits. There is no regular commitment.

The Co-op will be opening a second food store in Junction Road next month.