Recent & Forthcoming Events

Everyone enjoyed a great bacon butties event at the shed.  Lots of new faces came along to see what the Cowes Men’s Shed had to offer.

Bacon Butty event - 8 Aug 2019

Bacon butty event 8 Aug 2019

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We were nine on 1st July 2019! – Then and Now

The Storeroom furniture re-use charity began life at Unit 42, Bridge Road, Cowes on 1st July 2010.  The premises were very basic compared to our modern warehouse at 1 Mariners Way, which we moved to in August 2013.

In the last nine years we have seen the closure and decline of various support services for those in our community who are in genuine need, which has made so many lives more difficult.  No-one should never underestimate how much disadvantaged people appreciate the opportunity to purchase affordable furniture to make their living space more comfortable, so it has been heartening in the last twelve months to have seen a few new schemes emerge which are helping people in this way.  The referral service operated by Storeroom, receives referrals from over 50 support agencies, giving those people in need a discount on many items we stock.

The premises at 25 Somerton became part of Storeroom Charity on 1 May 2015 and originally housed our Education project.  Sadly due to lack of funding, we could not forward plan and Education closed.  In just a little under four years Education had run a successful Skills Gap training project, which saw 678 learners.  Of these, 152 people attended for an activity and 526 learners took an accredited course and gained a recognised certification (NOCN) to show prospective employers their achievement.  Learners new trades based skills would have helped them in their home life as well as with employment opportunities.  Around 20% of Education’s learners went on into employment, self-employment or further education after they finished their course, or in some cases, courses.

25 Somerton now houses our new(ish!) Community Project, The Cowes Men’s Shed, brought to you by Storeroom2010 and supported by funding from #NationalLottery.  The Shed is in its second year and already has 53 members.  There is a well equipped carpentry workshop and horticulture areas too, most of which are under cover in polytunnels.

 

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It was celebrate Community Business Weekend on Saturday 18th May 2019 at Storeroom  #CBWkd19 Community Business Weekend is the annual open doors event that celebrates communities in England who are using business to transform where they live.
Pop in to see us, have a chat, browse our stock, hear just how we help our community and have a free snack – cakes and crisps available.  Here are just a few of Storeroom’s supportive customers who popped in to see us on the Community Business Weekend.

Below are the team from our shop who were on hand all day to answer questions.

 

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The Cowes Men’s Shed celebrated its first birthday on 14 May 2019.  There was a delicious buffet and a huge group of people attended over the course of the day.  Nick England, Deputy Lord Lieutenant to the Isle of Wight was pleased to attend and discovered what goes on in the Shed.

We even received a couple of Birthday cards!

Shed first birthday 14.05.2019

 

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There was a Tea and Toast event on Valentine’s Day at The Cowes Men’s Shed on 14 February 2019, with heart shaped toast!   Quite a crowd came along and enjoyed a natter, a game of darts, some quality time in the workshop and of course, tea and toast!

Tea & Toast Event 14 Feb 2019

 

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We updated our information board for this ‘event’,  Storeroom awareness day.  Did you see us when you were out and about doing your food shopping?  We were at Tesco Ryde on Thursday 7 February 2019 between 10am-2pm

awareness day ryde

 

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Monday 26 November saw a well attended Social Event at The Cowes Men’s Shed.  Adam brought his guitar in and everyone had a Christmas sing song!

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Storeroom supported Buy Nothing New Day on 24th November 2018.  In 2017, UK customers were expected to spend up to £8bn during #BlackFriday weekend. Just imagine if even half of that huge amount of money was spent in reuse charity shops instead – what an amazing amount of good it would do for local charities – think how much they could achieve with the extra monies!  #BuyNothingNew

You’ll be familiar with Black Friday, one of the many American marketing ploys to have made its way to this side of the Atlantic, where shops “slash” their prices and people (allegedly) camp outside the shop, scrambling on top of each other as soon as the doors open to get the best bargain.  In protest to this, Buy Nothing Day – started in 1992 by a Canadian artist named Ted Dave – was moved to the same day as Black Friday to raise awareness of consumerism (see Wikipedia reference).


The Reuse Network (Storeroom are members) decided to put their own little reuse spin on this, and make it Buy Nothing New Day!

BNND 2018

 

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On 15th October 2018 the Cowes Men’s Shed had a Bacon Butty event which was well attended with new faces; including some local councillors who were very enthusiastic about this new Community Project from Storeroom2010.
Thank you to everyone who came along 

17 Oct 18 Bacon Butty

 

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CBA members enjoyed a Networking event at Cowes Men’s Shed on 26th September 2018.
Everyone popped their business cards into the raffle and there were three prizes.
The cheese and wine buffet went down well too 

CBA networking 26.9.18

 

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It was our 8th birthday on 1st July 2018!

Storeroom – serving the Isle of Wight community since 1 July 2010.

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COMMUNITY BUSINESS WEEKEND 4-7 MAY 2018

STOREROOM2010 hosts OPEN DAY
 
This bank holiday weekend, Storeroom2010 in Cowes is joining community businesses around the country to celebrate the third annual Community Business Weekend. 
 
Aimed at shining a light on the 7,000 community businesses across England, Community Business Weekend offers a unique opportunity for local people to visit and see how they can get involved.
 
On Friday 4th May, Storeroom2010, which has been serving the Isle of Wight Community since 2010, is hosting an open day.
 
Kerri Salter from Storeroom said: “Many people are unaware that Storeroom provides a one stop shopping experience, with a great range of pre-loved furniture and household goods at affordable prices.  Storeroom is involved in the Community Business Weekend as we have benefited from funding from Power to Change, which enabled us to purchase our premises and secured our future for the Isle of Wight Community.  
 
Peter Jenkins, Interim Chief Executive at organisers Power to Change, added: “Every day tens of thousands of people get up and go to work at one of the 7,000 community businesses in England.  Hundreds of thousands of us shop, visit or benefit from them directly, but they are still relatively unknown.
 
“That’s why Community Business Weekend is so important. It shines a light on these community gems that bring not only much needed services and spaces to a community, but boost local economies and reinvest the profits for the benefit of local people.
 
“Top-down regeneration and devolution has failed to transform many disadvantaged areas, but communities, best placed to know what their neighbourhoods need and what works, usually thrive when they’re given the power to tackle these issues themselves.”
 
Community businesses are organisations rooted in a local area. They range from skate parks to libraries, tea rooms to vineyards and have a combined market income of £1.2bn in England, according to recent research [1]. Community businesses in England also employ 35,500 paid staff and 119,500 volunteers. Community Business Weekend is an opportunity to showcase what’s possible when local people take control and demonstrate their value to the local economy and society.
 
To find out about other Community Business Weekend events in the area and for more information about the Weekend, visit www.communitybusinessweekend.org.

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Volunteer Fair at Ventnor Botanic Garden Saturday 13th January 2018

Another opportunity for our Volunteer Co-ordinator Kerri, to meet with new volunteers!

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Cowes Community Lunch Sunday 5th June 2017

Held at Northwood House and a great opportunity for some of our team to meet you all!

Cowes Community Lunch Sunday 5 June 2017

 

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Community Business Weekend – OPEN DAY – Friday 6th October 2017 – 10am-3pm

Storeroom is at 1 Mariners Way, Cowes, PO31 8PD.

Find Storeroom Education at 25,26 Somerton Industrial Park, Somerton Estate, Cowes, PO31 8PA – literally just a stone’s throw from Storeroom.

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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.

QAVS group photo

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.

QAVS 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.

QAVS Team Storeroom

 

 

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