Storeroom2010

Storeroom – the Island’s leading furniture re-use charity

Storeroom2010
Storeroom2010

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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 Community Project, The Cowes Men’s Shed, located in premises adjacent to Storeroom at 25,26 Somerton Industrial Park, Cowes, PO31 8PA.

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 from our volunteers, local people and businesses.  Thank you all.

If you would like to volunteer at Storeroom, please see the information on our VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES page.  Thank you!

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 01983 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: –

Oct 2019 newsletter

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STOREROOM’S COMMUNITY INITIATIVE 

Cowes Men’s Shed Awarded National Lottery Funding – 21 March 2019

Storeroom2010 is pleased and proud to announce that it’s community project, The Cowes Men’s Shed has been awarded £95,129 from the National Lottery Community Fund #NationalLottery to support the Shed over the next two years.  The Cowes Men’s Shed is the only Shed operating in the Cowes area.

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

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Open to everyone 18+

Free Membership – Free parking usually available locally

Cowes Mens Shed

 

Most recent event at the shed – Hog Roast and Pop up Shop!

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

October 2019

We have been a bit behind this month due to staff holidays, so our apologies if you have experienced a delay in us delivering or collecting items. We expect to resume our normal service around the middle of November.

Thank you for continuing to support Storeroom with your kind donations of unwanted, but re-usable furniture and household items. We have had lots of lovely things donated to us this month and many happy customers finding things they can afford to buy now, rather than getting into debt in order to purchase brand new expensive items. The monies raised from these sales helps to keep Storeroom open for everyone, whether you are a person/family in need, a keen up-cycler or a bargain hunter.

Volunteers are the glue that keeps everything at Storeroom together, they are the reason we are open for you all. Our volunteers gave us nearly 700 hours this month and without them we would not be here for you at all. They come in whatever the weather, some for just a few hours a week, some for several days each week.

If you would like to join us at Team Storeroom, whether you can spare a regular half day a week or more, are interested in working in our shop, warehouse or out on the vans, we would love to hear from you. Please call the office on 01983 298679.

Now onto the green stuff! This month we have together saved nearly 1,450 pieces of furniture and household items from our island landfill. These items weighed in at over 15,000kgs – it’s difficult to imagine that weight, so think of 1,123 average bedside cabinets instead!

Don’t forget the Cowes Men’s Shed, the Community Project brought to you by Storeroom and supported by the National Lottery.  Free membership for everyone aged 18+ and more information on this website or on the Shed Facebook page, search for Men in Sheds Cowes.

SOLD Pine Bedside Table £30 18.10.19

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

our growing success story

 

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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

Information

No cash will be given, but help can be provided finding other sources of assistance. The 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 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 01983 524058.

Friends of the Elderly (FOTE)

People in need can be 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

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Member of the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce

Chamber Membership Certificate - valid to 1.9.19

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

Member of the Re-use Network

reuse NETWORK membership cert 2018-2019

https://reuse-network.org.uk/

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Quality in Business

Storeroom has received the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce

Quality in Business award

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