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Sunshine Community Shop with a Big Heart

Funded on Spacehive 29 September 2020 Delivered 4 February 2022

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Sunshine Community Shop with a Big Heart

Sunshine Co-operative CIC By Sunshine Co-operative CIC

We're creating a grocery shop with a big heart & community at its core at 170 High Street West. Health & well-being provide a framework for a friendly, inclusive & accessible shop and community area.

Sunniside Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 29 Sep 2020!

Create a new vibrant and inclusive shopping and cultural experience to the High Street. Celebrating the multi-cultural nature of our City through food and drink.We aim to create a thriving community using food, health & well-being as the unifying, driving elements. More than just a grocery store, Sunshine Co-operative Shop will be a community-driven hub within a larger complex of social enterprises in the 'Pop Recs' building. Bringing our community on the journey and fulfilling the needs as defined by them, our passion is for creating positive change in the city we love. We'll be collaborating with other social enterprises to measure our community's success through improved health & well-being! We will offer the finest food & drink the North East producers can provide and will also create an eco-conscious refill station, encouraging the 'reuse and reduce' model of shopping. We'll have an accessible room available for community use. See any other details for additional benefits.

What we'll deliver:

  • Create an in-house training facility
  • Promote health & well-being through food and community activities
  • Provide an inclusive, accessible community room for local residents

Why it's a great idea:

Our aim is to use the community shop and food co-op as a vehicle to address disadvantage and poverty in an area of acute, multiple deprivation. Our aims is to create: a new vibrant and inclusive shopping and cultural experience to the High Street, celebrating the multi-cultural nature of our City through food and drink. in-house training opportunities to young people, those with English as a second language and those who feel they need experience in retail. a community space for community activities - available to local residents, community groups etc. to develop wider community use and engagement to promote health and well-being . Our proposal is about making a real, beneficial difference. We have a robust system of reporting in place to determine the impact of the shop on the individuals we engage. Accountability will be key in running a community shop and impact will be measured under the following headings: Financial, Community engagement, Health & Well-Being and Environmental.

Steps to get it done:

  • Opening the shop to the general public
  • Opening the Community Room for health & well-being activities
  • Begin training modules in shop for volunteers

We'll use the shop to provide training for young people and those with English as a second language. As well as providing jobs in-house, we wish to help others in the journey to employment. Community Engagement and demonstrating value We are in the process of setting up a Friends of Sunshine Co-operative group which will be a great platform to gain insights of the effectiveness of what we do. We will work with the community organisations and social enterprises in the Pop Recs building to share insights and feedback, and possibly collaborate on joint initiatives to increase our social impact We are also work with the North East Business and Innovation Centre, a Regional Enterprise Agency, to help us embrace the appropriate social impact measurement tools so that we can effectively demonstrate the difference we will make to the lives of some of the most vulnerable in our society. We're installing a ramp & disabled toilet, ensuring access to those with limited mobility.


Location Sunniside

About the space

170 High Street West, Sunderland, SR1 1UG


Sunderland City Council

How will the money be spent?Total £11,010

Accessibility ramp, shutters and building works - £10,321 (94%)
Other - £689 (6%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Accessibility ramp, shutters and building works
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  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT
  • Transaction Fees

Total £11,010

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