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Pop up paper shop

by chai jones | 11 months ago | in Building social communities
Innovative idea!
Useful insight

Its not a paper shop selling papers! Councils make it easy for an older persons group to form and take a cheap lease with no rates on and empty shop. 

The daily papers are free and there's tea on the go. Staffed by volunteers. Its as fancy or as simple as you want to make it.

Its open early and maybe only runs till lunch. It depends on the staff. So groups could visit or individuals. The idea is to give you somewhere to read the papers that's not home! Get a cup of tea and a rap about the papers. Leave your paper pick one up whatever you like.

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Georgie Cade 11 months ago

Chai, this is a really interesting idea. Could you tell me more about what benefits you think this will bring - particularly to the group's emotional well-being? I notice you work as a psychotherapist, have you had experience from the people you work with that this is something they're in need of?

Whilst the pandemic is going on we'll be unlikely to be able to do a shop like this face-to-face. Are there ways we could create the same effects virtually / remotely in the meantime using technology do you think?

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chai jones 11 months ago

This is and excellent idea. An online site sharing links to online news articles could work well. As well as serious news it’s good to share silly stories like people do in conversation. It’s the action of being heard that helps people connect. Some sort of moderator needs to keep the chat friendly and some basic ground rules need to be agreed. The pop up can be social distanced but I can appreciate trying to set this up in the UK just now would be difficult. Thanks for your interest. Chai

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Esther Hui 11 months ago

Thanks for sharing Chai! Do you think people would be open to videoconferencing on the proposed website (e.g., people can have tea and read the papers during the call)?

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Esther Hui 11 months ago

Status labels added: Innovative idea!, Useful insight

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chai jones 11 months ago

i suppose the difference between this and the www is that this remains local and owned by the group members. They see themselves as being heard, and having a valued contribution in what would be a smaller world. Older peole feel disregarded in a world where young means dynamic and valuable. I'm stretching the metaphor here but community is the key...small is beautiful...Schumacher...

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Esther Hui 11 months ago

Ahh got it! Being able to contribute, feeling valued, having a community is definitely so important. Thank you so much for your input!

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Bonolo Mod 11 months ago

Great idea! Some local libraries have something like this (with local newspapers and magazines) which is very popular. It would be nice to have newspapers in different languages too, depending on the area.

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Nattawan Utoomprurkporn 10 months ago

I love the idea :) Local community support is what value the most in today's world. Both the volunteers who run the shop and the older adult visitors should benefit from the rewarding relationship.
Is this service available for every council? This should be valuable for all councils. What do you think would be needed to have a go with a small pilot shop?

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