New Salford builders merchant brings community joy

Left to right: Alison Taylor (Salford Women’s Centre manager), Kevin O’Rourke (Selco Salford branch manager) and Stuart Chamberlain (Selco Builders warehouse regional director)
Left to right: Alison Taylor (Salford Women’s Centre manager), Kevin O’Rourke (Selco Salford branch manager) and Stuart Chamberlain (Selco Builders warehouse regional director)

Selco Builders Warehouse, which has opened its 69th UK branch in Salford, on North Phoebe Street, off Regent Road, has brought a £3,000 boost to the local community.

As part of the opening celebrations, a Selco Stars campaign was launched inviting entries from community groups and charities to receive a £1,000 cash boost. Salford Women’s Centre was selected as the winner by a panel of judges.

In addition, a further £2,000 was pledged to the builders’ merchants nominated charity, Global’s Make Some Noise, a national organisation which assists small charities across the UK, including Manchester-based Once Upon A Smile and Trafford Domestic Abuse Services.

Salford Women’s Centre was formed 30 years ago and aims to support females in the local area with their health and wellbeing,

Alison Taylor, manager of Salford Women’s Centre, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have received the donation from Selco, and it will make a huge difference to how we can support the local community during these difficult times.

“We have more than 800 unique users per year and many of them are victims and survivors of domestic abuse.

“Much of our work is supporting women emotionally and practically in terms of housing, safe space and safeguarding, and helping them through the judicial process.

“But we always aim to offer an all-round package so we make other services available, including post-natal support and educational classes.”

Alison continued: “The £1,000 investment will provide 30 counselling sessions and 10 emergency comfort packs for women who have fled with nothing but what they are wearing. 

“We couldn’t be more grateful for Selco’s generosity at a time when all charities and community organisations are battling hard to continue to offer their services during the pandemic.”

Kevin O’Rourke, branch manager at Selco Salford, said: “It’s fantastic to be able to support Salford Women’s Centre and Global’s Make Some Noise.

“Supporting charities and community groups in the local areas in which we operate is an integral part of the Selco ethos, so we are delighted to mark the opening of our new branch with a £3,000 donation. We hope the funding will make a real difference to very worthy causes.”

The Salford opening means Selco now has four branches in Manchester, with the others based in Ardwick, Baguley and Ashton Moss.