About Storeroom2010

Charity furniture shop and warehouse. Registered Charity 1142010.

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: –

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

January 2017

What a great team of supporters we have across the Isle of Wight; from the kind people who donate their unwanted but reusable furniture and household goods, to the customers who bag a bargain in our shop or warehouse and never forgetting our great band of volunteers ‘Team Storeroom’ without whom Storeroom would not exist at all. 183 households donated items to Storeroom and 374 customers were able to take advantage of a bargain.  Income helps to keep Storeroom open for everyone on the Isle of Wight and benefits our Education department too.

What do our volunteers do? They help with deliveries and collections, move stock around and about our warehouse, serve customers and keep everything clean and tidy.  Whew!  All accomplished with a smile on their faces and the minimum of fuss.  We ply them with tea, coffee, squash and biscuits to keep them going – and in January keep going they did – for 572 hours!

This month we have saved nearly 11,500kgs from being dumped into landfill on our lovely island; its so good to re-use rather than throw away and if we can’t accept an item from a customer we always try to offer them advice if we can. So, what does 11,500kgs look like? Well about the same as 305 desks!

Storeroom Education have many new activities and new courses too this year, some are about to commence this month thanks to funders from on and off the Isle of Wight. Contact them on 209734 for further information on their free courses for local unemployed people.  Some courses are accredited and would be a great addition to a CV.

2016 was a super year for Storeroom! We were able to borrow monies from SASC which helped us to purchase our main premises and secure the charity’s future for the Isle of Wight community, the Chamber of Commerce helped us achieve a Quality in Business Certificate of Accreditation, we secured funding towards the deposit on purchasing our premises, also funding for Storeroom Education which will see them able to run many free courses for local unemployed people over the next nine months and finally, to end last year with a bang, we were winners of the Business in the Community Award from the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce Business Awards for Excellence 2016.  None of this could have been achieved without the total commitment of all volunteers, staff and trustees.

Storeroom – an island charity dedicated to helping island people

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SOLD January 2017

SOLD January 2017

 

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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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