The Rotary Shop
The Rotary Community Shop is staffed exclusively by volunteers and all profits benefit local charities and good causes. The Shop is a joint venture between both of the town's Rotary Clubs instigated by the RC of Mount's Bay.
The former Peasgood Chemist Shop adjacent to the Market House in Penzance provides the venue for the Rotary Shop. The Shop has no paid staff and is operated by members of the two Rotary Clubs along with community minded friends. The generosity of local people, donating good quality items, continues to enable Rotary to support dozens of community welfare groups, sports and arts organisations, all of which improve or enrich community life here in West Penwith.
Scores of grants totalling over £50,000 have been handed out to local community groups over the time that the Rotary Community Shop has been operating.
At the end of 2018, club members approved the grant of £5,000 (20 X £250) shared accross 20 Primary Schools in the West Penwith area. The funds were specifically to be used to individual cases of hardship amongst the most deprived children.
Other beneficiaries have included:
The Hope Project is a non-profit making initiative that has been running under the umbrella of Shekinah Christian Church in Penzance since 2003. The project has been able to help many people with new household appliances, carpets, curtains, and furniture.
MusicAbility embraces the unique and life-enhancing potential of music to stimulate a broad spectrum of educational and health benefits within the community.
Trelya supports children and young people from severely disadvantaged areas in West Cornwall since 2001. With an outstanding track record of engaging the hardest to reach children and young people, we can help to turn their lives around.
GOFA is a furniture and electrical appliance reuse project based in Penzance, Cornwall. We provide donated furniture and household electrical goods at affordable prices to people on low incomes.
WAC inspires and supports enthusiastic residents to make great healthy food using local produce. Dedicated volunteers promote and demonstate healthy eating on a shoestring budget. WAC has a passion for encouranging people to produce cheap, locally sourced, healthy soups, tasty breads and juices.
Street Pastors bring reassurance to a community, so that people know that the Church is there for them in a practical way. The role is one of listening, caring and helping – working with a non-judgemental attitude and offering care and help without prejudice.
Homestart and Penzance Memory Cafe
At the end of 2017, as a Christmas present, Penzance Rotary Club Members approved the donation of a £10 Voucher to each resident of the Penzance YMCA, Bosence Farm and the Penzance Women's Refuge.