Storeroom2010

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

Registered Charity Number 1142010

Lets all stay safe!  Please follow the social distancing guidelines and wear a face mask whilst shopping in Storeroom.  Thank you everyone!

Have you downloaded the new NHS Test and Trace app to your phone?  If so, you can scan the QR code which is now displayed on Storeroom’s shop door.

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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!

Vols Wanted Poster MARCH 2020

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: –

Sept 2020 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.

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

Open to everyone 18+

Free Membership – Free parking usually available locally

Collage MP visit 17.02.2020

Most recent event at the shed – Visit from local MP 

Find the Cowes Men’s Shed 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

September 2020

September was another busy month for us at Storeroom. Donated items came thick and fast (thank you!) and you also supported us by purchasing so many different things.  We were able to be prompt with our deliveries, but unfortunately our collection booking dates are still a few weeks in advance due to the demand for our service.

Our volunteers, as always, were great!  They gave us over 450 hours of their time during the month.  This meant we could continue to provide a service to our island community that we would otherwise be unable to fully offer.

Our customers have been so delighted to find so many bits and pieces they need for their homes that they have bought over 1,500 items this month!  Your donations and purchases help to keep Storeroom a going concern and we continue to offer a useful service especially to people in need, who are referred to us by one of over 50 support agencies.

All your purchases amounted to almost 16,500kgs of furniture and household goods which were re-used rather than taken to our island tip.  It is difficult to imagine that weight, so instead try to visualise 529 average chests of drawers!

Thank you everyone for your support during these difficult financial times. Storeroom continues to offer a useful and valuable service to all members of the island community.

Want to be part of our volunteer team?  Call Kerri on 01983 298679.

SOLD September 2020

Remember, re-use rules!

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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

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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 Friends of the Elderly.  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 / Quality in Business Award

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

Member of the Reuse Network

Re-use Membership Cert 2020-2021

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

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