Support a local theatre production and you could be supporting a local charity. That is exactly what Merton’s Parish Players chose to do when they donated 20% of the money from their ticket sales to Fayre & Square, a community shop in Centre Court Shopping Centre, Wimbledon, that supports people who face significant barriers to employment.

Parish Players, who meet in St Marys Church Hall, Merton Park, put a new twist on their charitable giving over panto season which raised over £1,000. Funds have enabled the shop to create a new logo and website – a pipe dream come true for Fayre & Square.

Founded in 2013, Fayre & Square has been a place for people 16 and up who have disabilities, mental health issues and other long term conditions, to learn retail skills and prepare for the workplace. To keep it local, even the arts and crafts stocked in the shop are made by Merton artisans and they rely on local volunteers to keep it open. Having a website means that Fayre & Square can now advertise the extra services it runs, which they hope will provide an extra source of income, vital for the sustainability of the shop.

Peter Smith from Parish Players said, “We like to try and support local charities as much as possible. As some of our members are regular shoppers at Fayre & Square, we thought this would be a perfect match. When we found out what they needed we were confident we could help make a real difference.”

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About Merton Voluntary Service Council
Merton Voluntary Service Council (MVSC) works to support and inspire the voluntary and community sector in Merton.

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