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Rutland Refill in Oakham appeals for volunteers

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A community initiative to launch a zero-waste shop is appealing for volunteers.

Last year, owner of Number Three Eco Salon in Oakham, Jenni Penfold, set herself the mission to help people in the town be more environmentally friendly.

With a small team of like-minded people, she has set up Rutland Refill in Oakham, a community-based charity giving access to sustainable products in the town at an affordable price.

The Rutland Refill team outside the new shop
The Rutland Refill team outside the new shop

However, due to operating as a charity the group is on the search for volunteers to help run the shop and café.

Linda Burton, of Rutland Refill, said: “We need volunteers to help running the place.

“Some can do four hours a day, two times a week so we need more volunteers.

“We have people in-house with experience who will train people who haven’t.”

The group is also employing people with special educational needs to work in the shop.

Linda said: “There’s a lady working part time who worked in that field.

“It’s a not-for-profit organisation so any profits will be ploughed back into the community for charity or things which will benefit the local community.

“The sites been secured and builders are in the shop fitting so we are hopeful to open in the next week.”

Rutland Refill will stock rice, grains, cordials, toiletries and cleaning products.

Shoppers will be asked to bring their own containers to fill up, or they can buy containers at the store.

They are trying to create a zero-waste and plastic-free environment, to minimise pollution.

Explaining why she got involved, Linda said: “I have known Jenni for a long time as she has been my hairdresser for many years.

“I know the environment is something close to her heart.

“When she started I said I didn’t want to be front of house but I’m happy to help with the office administration.”

The shop is set to open a week on Monday (July 19).

Jenni said: “I’m really excited but slightly nervous.

“I just hope the community support us, that’s the biggest thing, but hopefully they will as we are the only zero-waste shop in Rutland.

“Everybody seems really positive.

“When I’ve been outside painting lots of people have been saying they are looking forward to it opening.”

To volunteer at the shop e-mail: linda_burton@hotmail.co.uk.

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