Storeroom2010

Storeroom2010

Storeroom2010

Providing the opportunity for Island people to improve their prospects

and their lifestyles 

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Its survey time!  

We expect you may have seen a post (or two!) on social media about our new Community Project, The Cowes Men’s Shed? Well here is a short survey about the Shed. You don’t need to have visited it to complete the survey and its just 7 questions and mostly Yes/ No type answers. Please help us achieve some feedback from you, the general public, to enhance our Shed for everyone aged 18+. Please go to: –

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/PP6L3B6

Thank you.

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TEAM STOREROOM – AMAZING PEOPLE!

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 www.wightbay.com 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: –

August 2018 newsletter

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NEW COMMUNITY INITIATIVE 

Cowes Men’s Shed – open Monday to Friday, 10am-3pm, 50 weeks a year

Open to everyone 18+

Free Membership – Free parking usually available at the Cowes Park & Ride Bus Stop

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Find us at 25, 26 Somerton Industrial Park, Cowes, PO31 8PA

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Create, Converse, Connect!!

This may just be what you have always needed, don’t be bored at home and if you have nowhere to practice your carpentry or gardening skills – this is for you!  More information on our Cowes Men’s Shed page.

 

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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.

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

August 2018

Well, we hope you enjoyed a bit of summer during the school holidays. This August we were delighted to receive many useful donations of furniture and household items.  Even during a traditionally quiet month, when people are enjoying a break from their usual routine, Storeroom was kept busy!

Our kind hearted volunteer team worked over 750 hours during August to keep Storeroom open for our referred clients and all you bargain hunters out there!  We are always amazed at how committed our volunteers are. If you would like to join Team Storeroom, please give our volunteer manager, Kerri, a call on 01983 298679.

We have over 50 support agencies across the island referring people in need to Storeroom and these customers benefit from a discount on items from our warehouse stock.

Our super and very loyal customers purchased around 1,550 items which amounts to nearly 15,000kgs in tonnage.  By everyone trying to re-use items rather than just throwing them away, it hopefully saves our tip from being filled up quite so quickly.  So as you can better imagine that weight, it is equivalent to 149 average corner sofas being squashed into the ground!

If you’ve not yet been to visit Storeroom for a browse why not pop over to see us soon?  We have a surprising variety of items in stock and not many people look around and leave without something!  Even if they didn’t think they needed it in the first place!  Where else could you find a second-hand canteen of cutlery, a sofa, an iron, a bedside cabinet, a coffee table, a duvet, a microwave, a kettle, some towels, a wardrobe and a lounge unit . . . the list goes on!

The Cowes Men’s Shed is open Monday to Friday, 10am-3pm and membership is FREE! Why not pop along and take a look to see if the shed is for you? It has a well-equipped carpentry workshop and outside there raised beds and polytunnels for keen gardeners. If you no longer have a shed or outside space this community project might suit you! Enjoy your hobbies in the company of others – converse, create and connect!

Find the shed at 25,26 Somerton Industrial Park, Cowes, PO31 8PD. Call our ‘head shed’ Adam for more information, he is available during the shed opening hours on 01983 209734.  Don’t fancy coming along on your own? Bring a friend too. Everyone aged over 18 welcome.

Cowes Men’s Shed now has its own Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Men-in-Sheds-Cowes-16205552813938…/ Please like their page and share to your friends.

 

SOLD August 2018

Storeroom, the island’s leading furniture re-use charity

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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

http://www.islehelp.org.uk/help-through-crisis/

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 helpinghands@actioniw.org.uk or call 524058.

Friends of the Elderly (FOTE)

Storeroom recently saw a customer who had been granted funds from this organisation. Please go to http://www.fote.org.uk/our-services/grants/ 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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Member of the Cowes Business Association

http://www.cowesbusiness.org.uk

Member of the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce

https://www.iwchamber.co.uk/

Member of the Furniture Re-use Network

reuse NETWORK membership cert 2018-2019

 

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Quality in Business

Storeroom has received the Chamber of Commerce Quality in Business award

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