Providing the opportunity for Island people to improve their prospects

and their lifestyles 


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The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

We are pleased and proud to say our volunteers received this award on 2 June 2017. The award was created by The Queen in 2002 to mark the occasion of her Golden Jubilee, recognising excellence in voluntary activities carried out by groups in the community. It is the MBE for volunteer groups.

Publication of our group’s details appeared in a special edition of The London Gazette published on 02 June (available to view online). We received a signed certificate from Her Majesty The Queen; (presented locally by the Lord Lieutenant) along with a commemorative English Crystal.




The work Storeroom does for the community was very much admired by the Independent Assessment Committee, chaired by Sir Martyn Lewis CBE.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2017 represents a tremendous achievement for our organisation. We hope that everyone involved, and particularly our volunteers, feel immensely proud of the recognition that this Award represents.

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Storeroom2010 is a small independent furniture re-use charity, operating without the benefits of statutory funding.  Situated on the Isle of Wight, Storeroom is in an area which suffers disproportionally high unemployment and child poverty compared to many other areas in the UK.  Storeroom2010 enables impoverished and disadvantaged families to be able to affordably furnish their homes, thereby improving their quality of life.

When referred by statutory and voluntary agencies, customers who are in need benefit from a discount on many of the already very reasonably priced items at Storeroom.

All the furniture you see at Storeroom has been donated by Island residents, providing affordable furnishing to those who cannot afford to purchase new.  Furniture re-use also minimises impact on the environment as a smaller amount of bulky items are disposed of at our landfill site.   Storeroom2010 enables Island residents to recycle, help their community and their local environment too.

Keeping Storeroom2010 open to everyone who would benefit from affordable furniture is our main priority.  We are often asked where the money from shop sales goes to?  Well, it enables us to be here for you all, we still have to pay the bills!  It also goes towards our training programme for local unemployed people, many of whom have taken advantage of the free courses we offer at our dedicated education premises adjacent to Storeroom.

In a nutshell the purpose of Storeroom2010 charity and its objectives are threefold: –

  • The prevention and relief of poverty by offering donated furniture and household goods at minimal cost to people in need
  • The protection and preservation of the environment by encouraging re-use of donated furniture and household goods
  • The relief of unemployment for the benefit of the public in such ways as may be thought fit including the provision of training, employment, work experience and volunteering opportunities

Our community has often heard of us through word of mouth, but also from our adverts placed regularly on Wightbay.  Why not go to to see some of the many items we currently have for sale – from their home page just search for Storeroom2010.

We are situated at 1 Mariners Way, Cowes, PO31 8PD (on the Somerton Estate opposite the ALDI supermarket and just along from Cowes Park & Ride) where we have a warehouse and shop.  There is FREE parking right outside our front door.  We are open to everyone!

We would not be here without the help and support of our volunteers and from local people and businesses.  Thank you all.




Storeroom is always interested in your unwanted furniture and household items and offers FREE collections!

Anything which is ready for immediate re-use and which does not need cleaning or repair, may be just what we want!  Upholstered items such as sofas, armchairs and mattresses, must have the fire safely labels attached.  This is a legal requirement.  When our driver visits you it is his decision whether an item is suitable for Storeroom or not.  Please do not be offended if the driver cannot take the item/s you are offering.

Our office is open 10-4, Tuesday to Saturday for your calls on 298679.  Our ansafone is available out of hours.

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For a copy of our most recent leaflet, please click on the link below: –

Storeroom leaflet

and here is our latest newsletter: –

February 2018 newsletter

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How have we helped? – for previous months see page on this site

February 2018

Thank you ever so much for your kind custom this month and for all your brilliant donations of furniture and household items. You have helped to keep this island charity open to everyone.

The volunteers, as ever, have been wonderful.  Even in this cold weather they have still come in to us and have helped out with all sorts of tasks, including ones they don’t always enjoy, just to get it all done.  Their invaluable donation to Storeroom was over 500 hours of their time during February. They really are awesome!

When you make a purchase at Storeroom, not only does your money help to keep the charity sustainable, but it is also good for our environment as that means unwanted items have not ended up at our island landfill.  In February we together saved items weighing in at nearly 13,600kgs, which is equal to 937 average coffee tables.

NEW course coming soon at Storeroom Education.  Are you looking for a job in Catering and want to improve your prospects?  Storeroom Education are offering an NOCN accredited Level 2 Food Safety in Catering qualification (12th March).  Course costs, £25 unemployed or £35 if you are employed.  Certificates to follow after being verified and processed by NOCN, the awarding body.  For more information, please follow this link

Don’t forget; Storeroom is still one of the cheapest places on the island to buy your second-hand furniture, so why not pop over and have a look around?  We are open Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm.  See you soon!

SOLD February 2018


Storeroom – an island charity dedicated to helping island people

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From Storeroom Education, Skills Gap training courses, made possible by  Storeroom and the generosity of various funders both on and off our island

Please see our training opportunities page for further information

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Where can you go for help if you are suffering hardship?

Isle Help – Help through Crisis, will consider all applications for assistance for those experiencing genuine hardship. Please follow this link

No cash will be given, but help can be provided finding other sources of assistance. The new scheme will focus on signposting and this may involve referrals to other agencies and services as the funding for the scheme is limited. In addition the new scheme will assist in reviewing benefits and accessing grants or loans, however there is an expectation that individuals plan for lifestyle changes.

Helping Hands Scheme

Helping Hands is a small grant fund that assists people on the Isle of Wight who are experiencing hardship or crisis by providing emergency funding for essential items or services. They have a flexible approach to what they can fund depending upon individual circumstances and need. However, they do not fund white goods. Most of their grants are less than £100.   For more information, guidelines and application form, please email or call 524058.

Friends of the Elderly (FOTE)

Storeroom recently saw a customer who had been granted funds from this organisation. Please go to for further information. Who do they help? Beneficiaries are typically of state retirement age, living in England or Wales, managing on a low income with savings of less than £4,000 and not living in a residential care home.  Individuals cannot apply directly to FOTE, this has to be done through a third party organisation.

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Why not see what we are up to on Facebook?  We aim to bring a smile to you face as well as to inform you.  Please go to

Storeroom – an island charity dedicated to helping island people

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Member of the Cowes Business Association

Member of the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce

Member of the Furniture Re-use Network

See our FRN case study – please follow the link below

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Quality in Business

Storeroom has received the Chamber of Commerce Quality in Business award

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