Storeroom2010

Storeroom2010

Storeroom2010

 

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.

New warehouse!

Visit our shop

Visit our shop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Storeroom are pleased and proud to announce they are the winner of the

Business in the Community Award

in the 2016

Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce Business Awards for Excellence

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Team Storeroom - December 2016

Team Storeroom – December 2016

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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: –

february-2017-newsletter

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

February 2017

Many thanks to over 200 people who have donated furniture to Storeroom charity this month. Together we are making a difference to our island community. Furniture which is re-used and saved from landfill is so helpful for people on a tight budget, good for our environment and all monies made from the sales keep Storeroom’s doors open to everyone and helps to support Storeroom Education too. No monies leave the Isle of Wight. Also our thanks go out to all our customers (more than 400!) who purchased from Storeroom. Very few of them are up-cyclers; mostly our customers really do need the option to purchase affordable items, although some are eagle eyed bargain hunters!

And how much exactly have we saved from that trip to the tip this month? Nearly 13,000kgs or to make it a little easier to imagine, 221 lounge units! What a waste it would be to squash all that into the ground of our lovely island.

None of this would happen without the help of our wonderful volunteer group who make up most of Team Storeroom. We really would not be here for you without their help. This month they gave us over 550 hours of their time, which is vital for the charity to function. Many of our volunteers enjoy the company they have here and many just like to help other people in any way they can. Some of our volunteers even have full time work and still help out here on one of their days off. All our volunteers are greatly appreciated and if you feel you might like to join our team, please call our volunteer manager Kerri on 298679. Thank you.

Don’t forget to check out Storeroom Education if you want to participate in low cost activities, or if you are unemployed and interested in any of their FREE accredited courses; their Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/StoreroomEducation

SOLD February 2017

SOLD February 2017

Our thanks to those of you who have played a part in

our growing success story

 

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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

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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