Westfield School pupils in plea for community shop

York Press: Westfield School pupils write their letters to the chief executive of City of York Council, Kersten England, council leader Coun James Alexander, and the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu as part of their campaign to set up a community shop Westfield School pupils write their letters to the chief executive of City of York Council, Kersten England, council leader Coun James Alexander, and the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu as part of their campaign to set up a community shop

YOUNGSTERS at a York primary school have launched a campaign to establish the city’s first community shop.

Pupils at Westfield School in Acomb are writing to the Archbishop of York, City of York Council leader James Alexander and the council’s chief executive, Kersten England, to seek their backing for the idea.

They want to set up a shop somewhere in the Westfield ward where supermarkets and other retailers could provide surplus groceries to be redistributed far more cheaply to people struggling to make ends meet.

Westfield head teacher Tracey Ralph said the York project was just an idea at this stage, but hoped the school’s links with York Cares – a partnership of the city’s leading firms committed to making a difference through employee-volunteering – would help to get things started.

City of York Council figures show that in the Westfield ward 795 children – about 25 per cent of children – live in poverty and 695 out of 2,132 pensioners (32 per cent) receive pension credit.

Mrs Ralph said: “We are very lucky that City of York Council is working to reduce poverty, and committed to listening to what citizens want in their communities, even their youngest ones. We are fortunate also to have such strong links with York Cares, who have supported us in the past by pulling in business partners to create our community gardens.

“Team work is the key, and working in partnership will be the key to the success of this project, with children at the very heart of it.”

In 2012, The Press launched its Stamp Out Poverty campaign and research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has shown living costs have risen by 25 per cent in five years, with a quarter of UK households falling short of the income required to meet minimum living standards.

The country’s first social supermarket opened a pilot store in Barnsley in December with plans to open more later if it proves successful A spokesman for the Archbishop of York said Dr John Sentamu was looking forward to receiving the letters.

A spokeswoman for York Cares said the idea would be discussed at their next board meeting.


Here’s what some of the children wrote...


Dear Ms England and Mr Alexander

I am writing to you to ask you to seriously consider establishing York’s first ever community shop here, in Acomb’s Westfield ward.

In the class of 6CW, we were dismayed that our very own ward, Westfield, has 25 per cent of its children living in poverty. That is 795 children. In my opinion, this number is staggeringly high. If we put a community shop in action though, it will help to reduce the numbers down.

These children are in need of food; it makes them healthier and will make sure that they are able to do better at school. It helps them to concentrate and will lower the chances of illness attacking.

It can change the poor and will reduce the lives in poverty.

Yours sincerely, Gabrielle Millward, Year 6 pupil


Dear Ms England and Mr Alexander

It is unfair on the children that perfectly good food is wasted and thrown away. This is why we need this community shop to get people on the street eating! Not paying the big amounts is an enormous help.

In Goldthorpe, South Yorkshire, they have a community shop. On a video they stated they had very good feedback about the amazing idea.

Yours sincerely, Bayley Noble, Year 6 pupil


Dear Ms England and Mr Alexander

A community shop would drastically help many members of our community.

The prices of fruit and vegetables is extortionate, which means it is difficult for many to have their five a day. Not only does this affect their health, it also affects their education as they are hungry throughout their lessons, therefore they struggle to concentrate.

Yours sincerely, Liam White

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12:09pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Dcoughlan says...

I remember the days when being 10 used to be fun! This school is wrong to stress young children out with such issues.
I remember the days when being 10 used to be fun! This school is wrong to stress young children out with such issues. Dcoughlan

12:22pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Zetkin says...

Dcoughlan wrote:
I remember the days when being 10 used to be fun! This school is wrong to stress young children out with such issues.
As 25% of the children in the ward living in poverty, I suspect quite a few of them are already experiencing more than their fair share of stress.
[quote][p][bold]Dcoughlan[/bold] wrote: I remember the days when being 10 used to be fun! This school is wrong to stress young children out with such issues.[/p][/quote]As 25% of the children in the ward living in poverty, I suspect quite a few of them are already experiencing more than their fair share of stress. Zetkin

1:33pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Archiebold the 1st says...

They're pretty good at writing letters for their age... on a serious note cant see any supermarkets giving up customers in todays market.
They're pretty good at writing letters for their age... on a serious note cant see any supermarkets giving up customers in todays market. Archiebold the 1st

2:01pm Fri 17 Jan 14

pip007 says...

Well done my old school (1955-60). The teachers and children should be commended for showing social awareness, compassion and responsibility. We used to have to practice writing letters asking for brochures from seaside hotels and guest houses that we had no intention of visiting. As for stressing the kids … what nonsense. They are exposed to far worse on TV. This will help instill a sense of caring and a realization that they can make a difference.
Well done my old school (1955-60). The teachers and children should be commended for showing social awareness, compassion and responsibility. We used to have to practice writing letters asking for brochures from seaside hotels and guest houses that we had no intention of visiting. As for stressing the kids … what nonsense. They are exposed to far worse on TV. This will help instill a sense of caring and a realization that they can make a difference. pip007

2:07pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Dcoughlan says...

pip007 wrote:
Well done my old school (1955-60). The teachers and children should be commended for showing social awareness, compassion and responsibility. We used to have to practice writing letters asking for brochures from seaside hotels and guest houses that we had no intention of visiting. As for stressing the kids … what nonsense. They are exposed to far worse on TV. This will help instill a sense of caring and a realization that they can make a difference.
More like they are being used as political canon fodder ! What next, are they going to sort out the issues in Syria ?
[quote][p][bold]pip007[/bold] wrote: Well done my old school (1955-60). The teachers and children should be commended for showing social awareness, compassion and responsibility. We used to have to practice writing letters asking for brochures from seaside hotels and guest houses that we had no intention of visiting. As for stressing the kids … what nonsense. They are exposed to far worse on TV. This will help instill a sense of caring and a realization that they can make a difference.[/p][/quote]More like they are being used as political canon fodder ! What next, are they going to sort out the issues in Syria ? Dcoughlan

2:29pm Fri 17 Jan 14

pip007 says...

Dcoughlan wrote:
pip007 wrote:
Well done my old school (1955-60). The teachers and children should be commended for showing social awareness, compassion and responsibility. We used to have to practice writing letters asking for brochures from seaside hotels and guest houses that we had no intention of visiting. As for stressing the kids … what nonsense. They are exposed to far worse on TV. This will help instill a sense of caring and a realization that they can make a difference.
More like they are being used as political canon fodder ! What next, are they going to sort out the issues in Syria ?
What a sad comment.
[quote][p][bold]Dcoughlan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pip007[/bold] wrote: Well done my old school (1955-60). The teachers and children should be commended for showing social awareness, compassion and responsibility. We used to have to practice writing letters asking for brochures from seaside hotels and guest houses that we had no intention of visiting. As for stressing the kids … what nonsense. They are exposed to far worse on TV. This will help instill a sense of caring and a realization that they can make a difference.[/p][/quote]More like they are being used as political canon fodder ! What next, are they going to sort out the issues in Syria ?[/p][/quote]What a sad comment. pip007

6:47pm Fri 17 Jan 14

CaroleBaines says...

Dcoughlan wrote:
I remember the days when being 10 used to be fun! This school is wrong to stress young children out with such issues.
I am fairly ancient, but recall 'working' in the school 'bank'. Good experience I would say.
[quote][p][bold]Dcoughlan[/bold] wrote: I remember the days when being 10 used to be fun! This school is wrong to stress young children out with such issues.[/p][/quote]I am fairly ancient, but recall 'working' in the school 'bank'. Good experience I would say. CaroleBaines

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