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Community Stores - Helping To Make A Difference In Your Community

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Making a difference - the community stores scheme was launched by: Kent’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Scott; the Leader of Dover District Council, Cllr Keith Morris; and DDC Cabinet Member, Cllr MJ Holloway

A new community scheme has been launched to help provide local people with the tools they need to make a real difference to their communities – with the opening of Dover District Council’s community stores.

As part of the Community Caretakers Scheme, DDC has installed and equipped six community stores across the district.  The stores are available for anyone who would like to register as a Community Caretaker to help in their local area. Community Caretakers are local residents who have volunteered some of their spare time to help with anything that benefits the local community.  This could include for example litter picking, painting, planting, gardening, sweeping, and basic DIY. 

The community stores include a range of materials, equipment and protective clothing for people to use and return, to help support local community projects. 

The community stores are run by Dover District Council’s Community Services team, and have been funded by the Department of Housing, Community and Local Government, and by a grant from the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner through the Community Safety Partnership.  

The scheme has already supported a number of community projects, including a beach clean by local primary schools, and the restoration of a community garden by a local residents’ group. 

Cllr MJ Holloway, Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “DDC is excited to launch this new community scheme to help residents get involved in their local area and take pride in where they live. This will help to make a difference to communities, in addition to the extensive range of quality services that DDC and partner agencies continue to provide.” 

For more information, please see the Community Caretakers page, or for more details, please email

Posted on 22 July 2019


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