Charity volunteers to cash in on growing popularity of Bath Olivers
The growing popularity of a Bath currency is helping to reward the city’s volunteers.
A Bath business has donated almost 300 Bath Olivers to the Action on Hearing Loss charity.
Roscoff Cafe on Northumberland Place donated the Olivers, which it had collected from customers during the last 18 months.
Bath Olivers are a city-based currency, which can be spent in return for a discount in certain independent retailers. The scheme launched almost two years ago to help encourage people to shop local and support Bath’s independent shops and venues.
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Owner of Roscoff Cafe, Rosario Baveta, said he made the donation to help the scheme keep up momentum.
At the Roscoff Cafe people can exchange Olivers for up to a 20 per cent discount on their bill.
He said: “It’s a good scheme. It helps businesses promote each other and support each other and I wanted to give something back to the community.”
He added: “I spend money on marketing my business but no one benefits except our business but this way donating the Olivers the volunteers benefit.”
Action on Hearing Loss said it would be giving the Olivers is had received to volunteers in recognition of their hard work with the charity.
Kay Skipp, manager of the charity’s education day services, said the charity wanted to reward its volunteers in a way that would help the local community and boost the economy.
She said: “Within our education day service we have a small group of volunteers so initially the Olivers that have been donated will be passed onto our volunteers and they can use them locally.
“We are also going to be joining the Bath Oliver scheme. We sell items online that have been made by members and we are going to be accepting Olivers giving a discount to people with Olivers.”