An Introduction

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The eco friendly “Healthy Planet” initiative has enabled two local organisations, Droitwich Arts Network and Transition Droitwich to establish a new and exciting community group which is seeking to expand by engaging with other local organisations.

Planet Droitwich is making use of an empty shop, formerly the Superdrug store in St Andrews Square Shopping Centre, in the mall leading out to St Andrews Street.

Founder members are the Droitwich Arts Network and Transition Droitwich.

Contacts for more information
07766 415094 Peter Hawkins (Droitwich Arts Network
07908 912357 Keeley Thomas (Transition Droitwich)

1. Background

Healthy Planet run a scheme called Healthy Spaces, designed to get empty shop units in use to the benefit of the community. They also have a 'Books for Free' scheme which keeps books out of landfill. We have use of the unit at no cost on an 'at will' basis - until a business wishes to rent it. Healthy Planet secured the unused old Superdrug store in Droitwich. They contacted Droitwich Arts Network and Transition Droitwich to invite interest in pursuing the idea locally.

2. Operation

There are no costs to be incurred by community groups (Healthy Planet cover power, lighting, water, etc). Volunteers would be required to be present when the shop is open, but we are starting with as little as a day per week (Saturdays 10:00 – 15:00). The more community groups that are involved the fewer volunteers are required from individual groups. Healthy Planet has an extensive insurance policy, including Employer’s Liability and Public Liability which covers the volunteer in case of injury or damage to personal possessions. Opening the store in the evenings and on Sunday is under discussion.

3. Potential uses

We can see many uses for the store, including:

  • Art & craft exhibitions & demonstrations
  • Clubs/ workshops/ classes (the lighting is good)
  • Community events
  • Meeting space (for public and private use)
  • An information point, drop-in point
  • Performance space – for music, dance, spoken word, etc.