Beyond being a shop, Scoops seek to be a part of their community. All profits are funnelled back into local charities chosen via poll by the customers. Scoop Leeds has recently been supporting RETAS, a Leeds charity providing support for refugees in Leeds.
The pandemic prevented Scoop Leeds opening sooner due to shop closures, however we have been active in the effort to keep Woodhouse Moor and the surrounding Hyde Park area tidy. Recognising the tensions that can occur between local residents and students, Scoop Leeds set up a weekly litter picking rota. There are three routes and every day a different route will be cleared by volunteer students. This litter problem is appalling, however recent efforts and initiatives across University groups has left the park looking tidier than it usually would be in June. We’re really proud to have been a part of this movement.
Scoop Leeds was founded in October 2020, and since then we have been able to run two stalls at Left Bank and Headingley Parish Hall, as well as a more recent event at Eiger Studios. The opening of Scoop Leeds at Left Bank was a huge success and it was great to have customers who have been following us come along.
Beyond selling just household items and food, a proportion of Scoop revenue comes from selling local artwork. In keeping with our commitment to being part of the community, Scoop sells artwork by local artists including prints, ceramic work, candles and reworked clothing. This has been a great way for us to meet more of the community in Hyde Park and Headingley, and gives our artists a platform to sell their brilliant art!