Food Allergy & Intolerances

The Community Grocery

Inside the large, spacious area is the Community Grocery; where you can select fresh fruit and vegetables, bakery items, fridge freezer, and shelf items – everything you would need for your weekly shop.

As well as providing affordable produce, the grocery aims to provide opportunities for everyone to feel connected to their community and reduce isolation.

The grocery is run in partnership by The Message Trust and Life Church Lancashire.

To sign up to be a member at one of the Community Groceries, all you need to do is visit your nearest store and let one of the team know it’s your first time. They will then get you a form to fill in and explain all about how the groceries work.

There is an initial £5 annual membership fee. Once you’re a member, you can go along to the Community Grocery multiple times a week and fill up your basket.

There is also a Pay it Forward board whereby you can pay for someone else’s groceries.

Re-Love The Pre-Loved Uniform Shop

Also in this wide-ranging interior is the uniform shop, where uniforms have been donated. Each child can have up to two full uniforms and all they ask for is a monetary donation, if you can.

If you have any spare uniforms in good condition, you are welcome to donate them here.

The Book Exchange

Within the seating area of Down Town, there is a growing book exchange. It’s a safe and comfortable space where you can relax, sit, and read at your leisure or take away a book to read.

Down Town Cookery School

Burnley Leisure and Culture offer cooking lessons, giving people the knowledge and skills to make things themselves and reduce food waste where possible.They will come away knowing how to create healthy and delicious soups, bread, and there will be cake making lessons too!

There will be full day courses available to book onto. The facility will also host the ‘first ever Young MasterChef Cookery School’, funded by the holiday activities and food programme and open to children who receive free school meals.

Down Town Kitchen & Cafe

The Down Town Kitchen & Café is run by Burnley Leisure and Culture.

They serve hot and cold beverages, and have a variety of food available on their menu. There is a high-quality service with reasonable prices for tasty food which is volunteer-led and not-for-profit. The money made here will be used to help pay for staff who will be running the cookery school.

Again, there’s an ethos of paying it forward where you can pay for a meal of someone in need.

View the Down Town Kitchen & Café menu.

View the Down Town Kitchen & Café allergen menu. 

Want to Volunteer at Down Town Kitchen & Cafe? Fill out the online form

Wrap Around Support

As well as popping in to do a weekly shop or for to visit the café, people can visit Down Town to receive support and advice on issues such as finances or health and wellbeing. The support is provided by Burnley Together and is available through self-referral.

Burnley Together provide free information and there are friendly staff providing support and guidance to communities across Burnley and Padiham. Burnley Together can help you access support and save money.

While you can shop for less, members are also invited to attend a range of courses and one-to-one support sessions offered by the partner church (also available to non-members).

Location & Opening Times

Community Grocery: 9am – 4pm, Monday – Friday

Uniform Shop and Café: 10am – 4pm, Monday – Friday

Location: 83 Market House, Charter Walk Shopping Centre, Burnley

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