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.
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 Nick Miller on (01983) 298679 to discuss.
Our Board of Trustees is comprised of local community members.
Storeroom Manager and Administrator
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 comments into his speech and offered to be our Patron; which got a cheer from the room!
We are now pleased to say that Fred Dinenage is Storeroom’s Patron and when he has time from his many commitments, he will pop in to see us.