Wakefield Retail Learning Experience opens

News item posted: 04 April 2014

The Wakefield Retail Learning Experience (RLE), a shop selling local produce and run by service users from Turning Point's Wakefield Districts Substance Misuse Services, opened its doors for business earlier this month.

Based at shop unit number 2 at the front of the Market Hall, Wakefield, opposite Grosvenor House the RLE gives service users within the Wakefield Districts Substance Misuse Services an opportunity to gain relevant qualifications and access support and advice around employment. The initiative was implemented with help from Wakefield Council, the Wakefield City Centre Partnerships business support grant and Wakefield Market Hall management as part of the small business grants scheme and gave Turning Point's Accord Recovery Centre (ARC) the opportunity to take the scheme forward.

Sean Glover, Team Leader at Turning Point's Accord Recovery Centre said;

"I think this is a great initiative and we are looking forward to seeing it grow and develop. Individuals involved in the RLE can increase their confidence, knowledge and skills, all with the ultimate aim of increasing access to the employment market, whether through existing opportunities or through developing their own social enterprises. It would be great to have as many people as possible come have a look around and let us know what they think."

The retail unit is stocked with produce from a variety of local suppliers, including vegetables, herbs, preserves and other wholesale stock and the Social Enterprise model, where profits are reinvested back into the business or the local community, is at the core of the business.

Cllr Denise Jeffery, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Growth, said:

"We are delighted that by working together with Turning Point we are able to welcome The Wakefield Retail Learning Experience to Wakefield Market. This will provide valuable employment opportunities, benefit our local community and be a welcome addition to the market."