Valentines at the Retail Learning Experience

News item posted: 19 June 2017

Since opening in July last year, the Retail Learning Experience shop in Wakefield has gone from strength to strength, offering clients from Turning Point's substance misuse services the opportunity to gain qualifications and find jobs.

Launched with the support of Wakefield Council and Turning Point's Substance Misuse Services, the shop is run by clients who have had substance misuse issues, supported by Turning Point staff. It provides an opportunity for clients to gain experience and confidence whilst offering twenty-four different qualifications in work experience placements and retail.

Boasting a wide ranging collection of locally sourced produce, the shop aims to support local tradespeople and reinvests profits back into the local community. The extensive variety of stock and colourfully themed displays makes it interesting for both service users and customers. Its popularity has resulted in the design and distribution of an order catalogue and a six month extension on the unit. In the lead up to February 14th the shop will also be stocking a range of Valentines produce.

The shop already has many success stories. Since opening, five clients have achieved a Social Enterprise Qualification and a further seven have successfully found employment. With a group currently working towards the in house Skills for Further Learning and Employment qualification, the shop looks set to have many more achievements.

As Bev Firth-Lewis, Operations Manager for Wakefield Criminal Justice Services commented:

''It has been fantastic to see the initiative grow and develop so successfully and we look forward to seeing it develop even further. In the lead up to Valentines we are stocking a range of beautiful products, so if you haven't already, please take the time to pop in and take a look around ''.

The shop is located opposite Turning Point's Grosvenor House near Wakefield market. For more information on Turning Point's substance misuse services in Wakefield, please contact Turning Point on 01924 334 300.