What’s new at Storeroom2010?

Storeroom2010 and The Cowes Men’s Shed

are proud to be working in partnership with Age Friendly Island

This is the link to our Age Friendly Island Charter

Age Friendly Island Charter

And here is Laurie Mabbit of Age UK IW presenting the Charter to Adam, who received it on behalf of Storeroom2010 and The Cowes Men’s Shed

Age Friendly Island Charter Presentation 25. 06.19

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


Open to everyone 18+

Free Membership – Free parking locally and the Cowes Park & Ride Bus Stop is just a few minutes walk along the road

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

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Carpentry and Horticulture activities currently available at the Cowes Men’s Shed

Men’s Sheds (or Sheds) are similar to garden sheds – a place to pursue practical interests at leisure, to practice skills and enjoy making and mending. The difference is that garden sheds and their activities are often solitary in nature while Men’s Sheds are the opposite. They’re about social connections and friendship building, sharing skills and knowledge, and of course a lot of laughter.

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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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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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Our patron

Fred Dinenage MBE is an English television presenter, broadcaster and author. He has had a TV career spanning more than 50 years. Fred was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2010 Birthday Honours.

We met Fred at the IW Chamber of Commerce, Business Awards for Excellence 2016 where we were awarded the Business in the Community Award. Fred was seated at the same table as us and we had the opportunity to have a good chat with him.

He was interested in Storeroom and why we had won an award; during the presentation ceremony he built some of our conversation comments into his speech and offered to be our Patron; which got a cheer from the room!

When Fred has time from his many commitments, he will pop in to see us all.


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Storeroom2010 – winners of the

Business in the Community Award

Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce Business Awards for Excellence 2016

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Storeroom CEO and Funding Coordinator
Nick & Wendy Miller

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   Storeroom  General Manager


Kerri Salter

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The Storeroom Project began as an initiative of the Real World Trust – a proactive charity operating on the Isle of Wight, recycling furniture within the community to help vulnerable people.

The project also offers Island residents the opportunity to really help their community and environment by donating furniture, household items and white goods, which may otherwise have been taken to the landfill site, thereby providing a low cost service to members of the community who are not able to furnish their own homes.  The local environment is helped along with our Island residents.

Storeroom originally came into existence following a feasibility study undertaken at the end of 2002 to identify if the public would respond to requests for furniture etc.

Furniture or other donated items are available to all, but at a discounted price to those referred by statutory and voluntary agencies, those generally being individuals who are recovering from mental health, alcohol/drug addiction, a period of chaos in their lives or who are otherwise disadvantaged.

In October 2008 the Storeroom project was one of the winners of the Community Action Awards, sponsored by the County press, the Isle of Wight Rural Community Council (RCC) and the Isle of Wight Charitable Trust.

Storeroom2010 is committed to increasing the ability of individuals and families who want to work or volunteer within their capacity to find gainful employment or give them the opportunity to volunteer.  In addition, this enables the individual to gain confidence, improves social contact and therefore dignity, quality of life and a sense of community.


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Do you have time to spare?  Would you like to help others?  The staff at Storeroom2010 can always use an extra pair of hands.  You could help in a variety of ways.  Please call our Volunteer Manager Kerri on 01983 298679 to discuss.

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