Storeroom2010

Storeroom2010

Storeroom2010

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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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.

 

FREE PARKING OUTSIDE

FREE PARKING OUTSIDE

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 January 2015

and here is our latest newsletter: –

November 2017 newsletter

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

November 2017

Thank you everyone who supported us on the first ever #BuyNothingNew day on 24 November – the ethical alternative to Black Friday. #BuyNothingNew day is a national event led by the Furniture Re-use Network (we are members) and hopefully it will grow year on year.  Lots of great tags, such as Let Second Hand Be Your First Choice, Good For Your Pocket – Good for the Planet, or Why Shop New, When You Can Shop Reused?! We held a flash sofa & armchair sale on the day, offering 50% off!

The weather has finally changed into something more appropriate for the time of year, so if you want to make your home a little cosier we have various back up heating options, loads of cushions, table lamps, bedding and curtains too.

Team Storeroom, our wonderful group of volunteers have been busy helping us to keep Storeroom open to everyone in our community.  Never an easy task as no parent charity watching over us, we succeed or fail through our own efforts and really do rely on Community support – thank you for providing that for your island neighbours.

This month our volunteers kindly gave us over 450 hours of their own time.  They help with just about everything; on the vans, in the warehouse and the shop; and not just lifting and carrying, but helping customers to select their purchases.  Volunteers help to keep everything clean and tidy and serve customers too.  If you have some spare time and would be interested in helping please contact our volunteer manager Kerri on 01983 298679.

So, onto the green stuff!  This month we have saved over 13,400kgs from going to landfill – well done!  That is a huge amount of furniture which would have otherwise ended up squashed into the ground.  Its very difficult to imagine that weight so think of 510 bookcases maybe?

Storeroom and Storeroom Education both close for two weeks over Christmas and New Year, but in the meantime Education still have plenty of free activities which you can take part in.  Further details of the Christmas Closure will be posted on our Facebook pages, Twitter and this website.  Please go to: –

https://www.facebook.com/Storeroom2010

https://www.facebook.com/StoreroomEducation

https://twitter.com/Storeroom2010

https://twitter.com/EducoStoreroom

SOLD Nov 2017

 

Remember, Re-use Rules!

 

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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

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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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 www.facebook.com/Storeroom2010

Storeroom – an island charity dedicated to helping island people

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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

See our FRN case study – please follow the link below

http://www.frn.org.uk/casestudiesmembers/285-storeroom2010.html

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Quality in Business

Storeroom has received the Chamber of Commerce Quality in Business award

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