Back in April 2016, our lovely Phab shop was created, with the help of Donna Lowton. The shop was intended as a small community charity shop. We employed our ‘phabbers’ on a voluntary role, and also worked with Wirral Met, to achieve retail qualifications.
The idea of the shop, was to possibly enable PHAB to finance free holidays, give experience to our ‘Phabbers’ and create a community spirit.
The shop worked wonderfully well until the sad events in New ferry, with the gas explosion. Our shop was decimated over night 🙁
From the ashes, came the new ‘Phabulous community hub’. Thanks to the Co-op and 50 Square. Phab was approached with an offer of a free 20’000ft2 building. The challenge seemed enormous, however due to the amazing team at PHAB, the community, FRN, 50 Square & local businesses, the PHABulous community hub was born.
The Phabulous community hubs priority was to help everyone (businesses and local folk) affected by the explosion. We gave free furniture/clothing and trading places for everyone who needed it. Our PHABulous community hub was growing organically. First was the charity shop, then our friends ‘Kirsty & Sue’ from Suevivor (stroke group) created the hobby hub. Hobby hub offer multiple accessible hobby activities through out the week from guitar workshops, drumming workshops, games workshop to Baby signing, adult signing, zumba etc . We opened a food bank and PHAB furniture through our friends FRN (Furniture Reuse Network).
The community hub has grown and grown, and now works in partnership with Wirral Mencap & Wirral met offering work experience for SEN folk locally. Lorna, Donna and Dawn are an incredible trio of ladies who enable the hub, to do what it does.
The Phabulous community hub has now paid for five free holidays for over 200 people. Again special thanks to Richard, James and Jon of 50 square.
Special thanks to the co-op for helping us expand and fulfill our dreams.
The following link below is an observational documentary by our wonderful volunteer Carl Smith Valdez… Thanks Carl
Our address for the Phabulous Community Hub is;
41a Bebington Road, New Ferry, Wirral CH62 5BE
Please please contact us for house clearances / jumble / voluntary work etc Call lorna 07787 506294
Meet some of our wonderful ‘Phabulous Community’ shop Team
Ann Carter – Volunteer
Donna Lowton – Staff
Michael Oxley – Volunteer
Janette Oconnell – Volunteer
Tom Debenee – Fire Safety Advisor
Lorna Howell – Staff
Carl – Shop Volunteer
Marc Lowton – Furniture
Wendy oxley – Volunteer
Dr Kirsty & Sue Lever – Hobbyhub
Steve Shotton – Rhythm Reaction
Aimee Sheridan – Small Talking Hands
Charlotte Roberts – Jigsaw Dance
Jane McFarlane – Volunteer
Nicola Sexton – Shop Deputy MGR
Dianne Hurst – Volunteer
Gill Bond – Volunteer
Gary Bennett – Volunteer
Anita Jones – Volunteer
Chris Kay – Volunteer
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