Please VOTE for Storeroom

Voting for the Nectar awards has now finished (sorry we don’t know how we got on yet), we are now looking for votes for the Charity Film Awards! Please go to  to cast your vote and you can also make a donation to Storeroom if you wish.  You will need to register but its just your email address and create a password, no lengthy form.  Once you have done this, just press the VOTE button towards the top of the page.

Thank you!

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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 Wightgoods and 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.

New warehouse!

Visit our shop

Visit our shop








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

Storeroom Leaflet January 2015

and here is our latest newsletter: –


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How have we helped?

September 2016

Thank you to everyone who has donated their unwanted but re-usable furniture and household goods to Storeroom this month. Also a big thank you to our customers and those who also visited us and Storeroom Education for our open days on 22 September. It was a great opportunity for you all to find out a little bit more about us and ask any questions.

Well, together we have saved over 15,000kgs from that trip to the tip – and that would amount to 832 average rocking chairs! 212 homes donated items to the charity and 467 families were able to take advantage of this and could affordably purchase items they very much needed. Only a few of our customers are up-cyclers, but if you are and you have made something new and wonderful from one of your Storeroom purchases, we would love to see your before and after photos – they may inspire someone else. Thank you!

Our works inside Storeroom have now ended and the dust is back under control – not sure who might be most pleased about this, you the customers, or our staff and volunteers who were virtually living with dusters in their hands! We finally have a proper break room in the building to go to for our lunch or tea-break. Outside has recently become a lot less appealing with the change in the weather.

This month our volunteers generously gave us over 700 hours of their time; without them our doors would not be open to the general public. Thank you Team Storeroom! They are all fueled by tea, coffee, fruit squash and the occasional cake – baked by one of our longest serving volunteers and always very much enjoyed by everyone.

Storeroom Education are still running free or low cost courses for unemployed people between 18-65, their new price list is on this website’s Training Opportunities page. Education also offer professional courses for those who are looking for a career change; please give them a call on 01983 209734 for more information.

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?

Sadly, after three years, the Local Assistance Scheme has closed. From 1 May 2016, 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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