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A mobile shop for the Borough of Ashford

Funded on Spacehive 27 January 2023 Delivered 1 February 2024

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A mobile shop for the Borough of Ashford

A mobile shop for the Borough of Ashford

Repton Community Trust By Repton Community Trust

Creating a mobile community shop (social supermarket), working with communities to reduce food insecurity in Kent. Reaching people who need it most. Working in rural areas with poor transport links.

Ashford Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 27 Jan 2023!

We currently support more than 6000 people every year with our community lead food bank, community shop, recipe box schemes, kitchen garden and 24hr food lockers based at Repton Connect Community Centre in Ashford. People are telling us they are missing out because they can't get to us. So we need to get to them! Many people are struggling in rural areas and we need to reach them. People laughed at us when we converted an old Tuk Tuk during Covid-19 to make local deliveries but it worked! Now we'd like to buy and convert a van, add shelving, refrigeration and get out on the road. We know that to do this well, we'll need to employ a someone to help run the project. We're passionate about creating employment opportunities for local people. We'll create a new team of volunteers including young people and people with additional needs to help run the project. In six months time we'd like to be out on the road, getting to know new communities, continuing to reduce food insecurity.

What we'll deliver:

  • We'll convert a van to create a mobile community shop (social supermarket)
  • We'll employ a dedicated member of staff to support the project
  • We'll provide heavily subsidized food, cleaning and hygiene products to people
  • People will have access to additional projects including recipe box schemes

Why it's a great idea:

We take an Asset Based Community Development approach to our work ('ABCD') which means we operate at street level, working with 'Community Champions' to design, develop and lead projects. We value people's skills, experience and assets to work with their neighbours to promote activities, services and opportunities. By working at street level people want to try new ideas and this is one of them! Our Community members started Kent's first community fridge 3 years ago to redistribute surplus food and created the Peoples Pantry food bank as they wanted to do more to address food insecurity. Seventy local people formed a Facebook group and started to run the pantry together to increase access to food. We now support over 6000 people every year but want to use our sustainable shop model to reduce food insecurity further and reach more people, especially in rural and farming communities. Our shop has been running for a year now and we know it works....we just need to reach more people.

Steps to get it done:

  • Partnership development; community engagement; planning; fundraising
  • Recruit project co-ordinator; ongoing fundraising
  • Purchase vehicle, technical design
  • Complete conversion and fit out works of van
  • Source stock;recruit driver and volunteers; community engagement and raising awareness
  • Launch pilot phase


Location Ashford

About the space

The whole Borough of Ashford in Kent and maybe beyond!


Ashford Borough Council

How will the money be spent?Total £22,877

Vehicle - £10,000 (44%)
Project Staffing - £6,320 (28%)
Van fit-out, gazebo and storage - £2,500 (11%)
Cleaning products, dry food products, hygiene products - £1,000 (4%)
Insurance - £1,000 (4%)
Fuel & Tax - £500 (2%)
MOT Costs - £75 (0%)
Other - £1,482 (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.

Project Staffing
Van fit-out, gazebo and storage
Cleaning products, dry food products, hygiene products
Fuel & Tax
MOT Costs
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction fees
  • VAT


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Food, cleaning and Hygiene products
  • Volunteer training costs
  • IT equipment

Total £22,877

Our Volunteer List

We're currently looking for people to offer skills and time to develop our project! Check out the list of what we need below and then use the 'Volunteer' button to the right to get involved.

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