Council Chair welcomes 'Sen.se-Sational' shop that has popped up in Mendip

A new pop-up shop has opened in Mendip, the 'Sen.se-Sational' shop gives young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities work experience and a chance to showcase the quality range of enterprise products they make.

The shop aims to demonstrate the skills and qualities of these young people and the potential they have to be very employable members of the community in the future.Chair of Mendip District Council, Cllr Helen Sprawson-White and Cllr Mark Dorrington Mayor of Frome opening the shop in Frome

The 'Sen.se-Sational' pop-up shop which opened last week in Frome is the latest venture of a collaborative project run by the Somerset Special Schools (SEN.SE) The latest venture is supported by Mendip District Council and Frome Town Council. Critchill School in Frome also have been very proud to help facilitate bringing the shop to their local community.

In her first official engagement as Mendip District Council Chair, Cllr Helen Sprawson-White officially opened the shop on Bath Street, Frome with Frome Mayor, Cllr Mark Dorrington.

Cllr Sprawson-White, said: "I am thrilled to have been invited to support the opening of the Sen.se-Sational shop in Frome. The shop is a great addition to our community and will offer the students a chance to showcase their employability.

"I am passionate about using my term as Chair of Mendip District Council to support the work in education and health and this project is a fantastic example of supporting the students of our local Special Schools to build confidence and learn some life skills, which they can take forward when they leave education."

The new shop in Frome is the third 'Sen.se-Sational' pop-up to open this year, back in April the team opened a shop in Yeovil's Quadem Centre and had previously opened for a time in Taunton.

Jane Haines, from Critchill School, said; "The Sen.se-Sational shop is an ideal opportunity for our students to continue to develop the skills they need for sustainable employment in the future. We are also very proud to be showcasing the amazing product range made by all the other Special Schools across Somerset".

Mendip District Council's economic development team have been working with the teams from Critchill and Avalon school since their second venture in Yeovil earlier this year. The team have helped to ensure publicity for the venture and are supporting the project with social media support.

Frome Town Council helped find the premises in the town centre and agents Cooper and Tanner negotiated with the landlord Anthony Pang to provide the space for free.

Don't worry if you missed the opening this week, there is plenty of opportunity to pop in to the pop-up, which is open from 10am - 2.30pm weekdays, 9am - 5pm Saturdays and will be open from 10am - 3pm on the Sunday of the Independent Market in the town. The shop is open until 13, July.

To find out more about the project and take a look at some of the products on offer.

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