Liverpool-based charity VMM International is appealing for local people to help run its charity shops in Wavertree and Bootle – and for donations to help stock them.
The stores on Picton Road, Wavertree and Fernhill Road, Bootle create income to fund VMM's mission of recruiting, training and supporting personnel – either experienced professionals or students volunteering on a shorter-term basis – to work among some of the poorest, most marginalised communities in Africa.
However, the shops also offer a social service to the local community by providing quality merchandise at affordable prices, and by simply being good places to work.
The invitation comes from Van Garber, VMM's UK manager, who encourages local people to join him in sustaining two shops which 'serve as drop-in centres for the community'. Anybody interested in making a difference (or a donation) can contact the charity's HQ at Liverpool Hope University via 0151 291 3438 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
With offices in Liverpool, Dublin and Kenya, VMM is an NGO with nearly 50 years' experience in international development; nonetheless it remains a small organisation reliant almost exclusively on local volunteers.