Moon in Venus

What future do you desire?

From 8th March till 31st March.

Location: 307 Stanley Rd, Bootle L20 3LQ, Floor 0 in the Strand Shopping Centre

With energy prices and the cost of living increasing, household spending is becoming a worry for many families in our area, with unmanageable debt becoming a burden that many carry.

“Moon in Venus” is a pop-up shop like no other. Over March, Venus Charity’s team of experts are inviting local women from Bootle to receive free energy-saving advice, money management, and debt support. The shop is a warm and welcoming space for all women to get help with getting on top of their finances, managing their debt, and start looking towards the future.

We are also running free ‘out of opening hours’ creative healing events for local women to make new friends, tell their stories and support each other on their journeys towards living a healthy and happy life, despite their financial situation. This will include yoga and creative workshops – see dates and times below.

All women from Bootle welcome.


The ‘Moon in Venus’ programme is built around three ideas for living well with debt, developed by artist Phoebe Bachman. Access: to help understand laws, organise against unfair debt, and find financial support; Embodied Healing: caring for our own and each other’s mental and physical health and spirituality, and Learning: to better understand the social systems behind our debt.

If you have ever experienced debt, you are invited to take part in our series of ‘out of opening hours’ healing and learning events, to improve your mental health, make new friends and tell your stories in a safe and creative space.


Money Management & Energy Efficiency support

Date: Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8th March – 31th March

Time: 10 am – 2 pm

A space for sharing knowledge and learning on how to save energy and avoid debt. Venus’ team will support local women in learning about small swaps and changes they can make to reduce their energy bills, making a collective switch.

One-on-one support from Venus Money Management experts to help women get on top of their finances, empower them to access the right support to reduce debt, and gain money management knowledge.

More about Venus Centre here.


Yoga with Katy Gilmour

Dates and times: Friday 11th March 10 – 11 am, Monday 14th March 10 – 11 am, Monday 21st March 10 – 11 am, Monday 28th March 9 – 10 am

Join us for a gentle seated yoga practice to reconnect with your breath, calm your mind and forget about your worries for a little while to return back to your day refreshed and clear-headed.

More about Katy Gilmour here

Nurturing ourselves: connecting with Nature with Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson

Date: Monday 21st March 2022

Time: 12 – 2 pm

Lateisha invites you to take part in a calming guided ritual and communal experience to connect with ourselves, each other and nature. Together, we will explore through our senses – meditation, intuitive writing/drawing and gentle movement as a way to relax, restore and empower. We will explore, how we can connect with green spaces in Bootle to slow down and become aware of our thoughts and feelings in a way that is supportive to us. Creating space to release our worries and find ways to escape for a little while.

More about Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson here.

Candle Making Workshop with Fauziya Johnson

Date: Wednesday 30th March 2022

Time: 12 – 2 pm

Building on the workshop’s part of Moon in Venus, Fauziya Johnson invites you to make scented candles whilst exploring desires, hopes, and priorities, working collectively to support good wellbeing and live well with debt.

More about Fauziya Johnson here.

Draft Excluder workshop with Emma Summerscales

Date: Thursday 31st March 2022

Time: 12 – 2 pm

A creative and practical project led by Emma Summerscales. Come together to make draft excluders, whilst chatting about energy-saving tricks to make homes more efficient, and ways to reduce textiles waste to stop clothes from ending up in landfill.

More about Emma Summerscales here.

Story Mapping

In-store, throughout opening time

Storytelling is integral to understanding our personal narratives and speaking our truth. As part of the activation of this space, we will invite local women to share their own stories of living with debt and their predictions for a life free of debt, through story capturing with a member of our team.


How we got here! with Phoebe Bachman

Date: Tuesday 29th March 2022

Time: 12 – 2 pm

How did we all get to be in so much personal debt? We will see how national and global events have changed how we view debt and what that means for our financial well-being. We will highlight political resistance in the Bootle/Liverpool area and think about how we might be able to organize collectively against our creditors.

More about Phoebe Bachman here.

Slow Cooker meal and conversation, with Alternative School of Economics

Date: Friday 1st April 2022

Time: 10 – 2 pm

Come and celebrate the queen of energy-saving household appliances: the slow-cooker. We will enjoy a delicious meal prepared in a slow cooker, and chat about the cost of living, energy prices and affordability, and try to collectively get to grips with what the energy crisis means and how it came about.

More about Alternative School of Economics.

All sessions are free. If you would like to come along, please book with a member of the team in-store or email

Rabbit Road Institute Library

We are pleased to host a selection of books from Rabbits Road Institute Library, a community collection of over 200 books, organised into three categories: People & Place, The Future, Making it Happen. The library is a space for accessible learning and discovering something new, where local women can read and discover new ways of thinking about the social, political, and economic situation we are in.