Horsham Matters have taken a short term licence on a shop unit in Jengers Mead, Billingshurst. The shop is currently being fitted out and is planned to open on March 1st.

Billingshurst 6x4 small“For some time now we’ve been looking to open shops elsewhere in the Horsham District” says Guy Sherlock, Horsham Matters’ Retails Director. “Our focus has always been the whole of the District and we already have a youth worker here in Billingshurst and have previously run a foodbank outlet the village, so this is great opportunity for us to try something different.”

As well as providing a mix of household goods and furniture the shop will also be a gateway to the services Horsham Matters provide under the Local Assistance Network and the Horsham District Foodbank. “Not only will customers be able to access good quality goods at reasonable prices but any local residents who are in crisis will be able to contact us through the shop to get help with furniture, white goods, fuel vouchers and food” explains Guy.

As well as being a partner in the Local Assistance Network and running the Horsham District Foodbank. Horsham Matters also manages the Horsham Churches Night Shelter, delivers the Community Youth Work Programme and runs the Mocktail Apprentice Programme in local schools. Local Youth Worker, Ben Sheldon works for both St Mary’s Church and Billingshurst and Pulborough Parish Councils running the Billingshurst Youth Club on Tuesday evenings in Jubilee Fields, UNite at St Marys on a Friday evening and working in The Weald School. Horsham Matters also has Community Fund, which provides grants to local organisations delivering community projects across the District.

“The funds we generate from sales in our shop will help us deliver even more services into our local communities” says Guy. “Our aim is not to take away from other existing local shops but to offer something new and provide a wider access to services”.

If anyone is interesting in volunteering to help run the new shop they can contact Guy Sherlock at Horsham Matters on 0300 124 0204 or via email at [email protected]. More information on the roles required and an application can also be found on the Horsham Matters website here.