The Rotary Shop

The Rotary Shop raises funds in order to provide financial assistance to local community groups, welfare groups and for the relief of hardship.

Charity Commission Number 1194977.


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 in town along with other community minded volunteers. 

The generosity of local people, donating good quality items that they no longer have a need for, enables the Rotary clubs to support dozens of local community causes. During the pandemic, tens of thousands of pounds have been directed to foodbanks and, via  23 local schools, to households experiencing severe hardship.

In total, grants of more than £150,000 have been given to local causes over the time that the Rotary Community Shop has been operating.


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.



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