Community shop now open

Our new shop – Calder Community Kindness – is selling second-hand clothes, books, vinyl and more to raise money to alleviate hardship in the Upper Calder Valley.

Calder Community Cares has been providing support to families throughout the Upper Calder Valley for over two years now, and to help fund the amazing work it does it has opened a new shop in Hebden Bridge. Located in the town’s former Tourist Information Centre, the store is poised to become a key hub for the wider Calderdale community.

Calder Community Kindness is selling everything from clothes and books to jewellery, accessories and children’s toys, all donated by the shop’s fantastic supporters. The money raised is going to support Calder Community Cares with its wide range of projects, all designed to alleviate hardship and promote wellbeing for refugees, families and people in poverty throughout the Upper Calder Valley.

After being opened by Hebden Royd Mayor, Cllr Jane Hoyle, on Saturday June 25th, the store has been selling second-hand goods and raising money from Wednesday to Sunday each week. This is just the beginning for Calder Community Kindness, as it aims to use Mondays and Tuesdays for community groups including English as a second language classes.

In the spirit of the incredible Calderdale community the store hopes to tap into, Calder Community Kindness has been helped out by some amazing people and organisations. Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council has provided the building to the shop for six months, rent-free, and everything in it – from the products to the furniture and fittings – has all been donated.

Local volunteers helped out with window cleaning and joinery, while shop fittings and stock were donated by businesses including Spirals, Hebden Bridge Antiques Centre, HOTCAKES, Hebden Bridge Records and Terrier Antiques. Catriona Lucas, the new shop’s manager, said: “We were delighted to get such a wonderful response from our community, it’s been a huge help.

“We know we can do a lot of amazing things for people throughout the Calder Valley, and Calder Community Kindness will help fund that wonderful work.”

Calder Community Kindness is open from Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm, and is located at Butler’s Wharf, Hebden Bridge Marina, next to the Hebden Bridge Picture House. For those looking to help out with donations, the store is especially looking for good-quality clean clothes and vinyl records. It’s also looking to provide free school uniforms for local families, so any donated uniforms would be extremely appreciated.