Liverpool volunteers bid to revive Waterloo charity shop

‘Cafod shop has changed hundreds of thousands of lives’

A group of volunteers are uniting in the hope of restoring the fortunes of the Cafod charity shop on St John’s Road, Waterloo. 

The shop, which was set up by keen members of the community more than a quarter of a century ago, has raised over £750,000 for the international development charity but was forced to close last December owing to a shortage of key volunteers.

Over the years, the shop has made an enormous difference to communities around the world by donating its profits to Cafod, while offering support to local people through the sale of affordable household items as well as helping them reuse valuable materials.

Cafod has agreed to back the shop in its efforts to reopen for business before the target date of 31 March. Shop manager Wendy Francis-Rowe said: ‘The Cafod support shop is part of the life of the area and has changed hundreds of thousands of lives in some of the poorest communities overseas. We were so sorry it had to close and hope it’s temporary so we’re back on solid ground soon. Together, we’re confident we can soon be back up and running and making a difference. Local people have the power to help.’

Cafod’s local representative in Liverpool, Ged Edwards, added: ‘The shop provides such fantastic support locally and you couldn’t find a friendlier group of people. People around the area donate to the shop because they trust it goes to the right place. If you’d like to help revive the shop by volunteering or giving other support, we’d love to hear from you.’ 

The Cafod shop is looking for a manager/coordinator, two different day managers, and several shop assistants. To find out more, please contact liverpool@cafod.org.uk or 0151 228 4028.