The South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) has attended the launch of a social supermarket in Rotherham.

The supermarket, run by the Clifton Learning Partnership, allows members of the community to pay a £5 subscription fee, and then collect food and toiletries for their family on a weekly basis.

The opening hours for the supermarket are 11:00-14:00 on Tuesday and Thursday.

At the launch event, held at the end of March, the VRU team members in attendance were given a tour of the facility, chatted to staff members involved in the initiative, and met other staff and service users who are supported by the Learning Partnership.

Graham Jones, Head of the South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit said: “Unfortunately, many people are currently facing tough times financially, with the impact of the pandemic and the cost of living crisis having an effect.

“Projects such as this social supermarket in Clifton make an important contribution to supporting local families through these difficult times, and I’m pleased that the VRU was able to attend the launch event and thank staff for the work they are doing.”