How have we helped?

How have we helped?

February 2017

Many thanks to over 200 people who have donated furniture to Storeroom charity this month. Together we are making a difference to our island community. Furniture which is re-used and saved from landfill is so helpful for people on a tight budget, good for our environment and all monies made from the sales keep Storeroom’s doors open to everyone and helps to support Storeroom Education too. No monies leave the Isle of Wight. Also our thanks go out to all our customers (more than 400!) who purchased from Storeroom. Very few of them are up-cyclers; mostly our customers really do need the option to purchase affordable items, although some are eagle eyed bargain hunters!

And how much exactly have we saved from that trip to the tip this month? Nearly 13,000kgs or to make it a little easier to imagine, 221 lounge units! What a waste it would be to squash all that into the ground of our lovely island.

None of this would happen without the help of our wonderful volunteer group who make up most of Team Storeroom. We really would not be here for you without their help. This month they gave us over 550 hours of their time, which is vital for the charity to function. Many of our volunteers enjoy the company they have here and many just like to help other people in any way they can. Some of our volunteers even have full time work and still help out here on one of their days off. All our volunteers are greatly appreciated and if you feel you might like to join our team, please call our volunteer manager Kerri on 298679. Thank you.

Don’t forget to check out Storeroom Education if you want to participate in low cost activities, or if you are unemployed and interested in any of their FREE accredited courses; their Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/StoreroomEducation

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Our thanks to those of you who have played a part in

our growing success story

 

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. Nearly 200 households donated items to Storeroom and over 350 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 more than 550 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.

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Storeroom – an island charity dedicated to helping island people

 

December 2016

Thank you to all our customers and the kind people donating items they no longer need, but which are perfectly fit for re-use. Once again we have together saved so much from our Island landfill and provided people on low income with a great choice of very affordable furniture and other household goods. Not forgetting our regular visitors, the upcyclers too; they love a Storeroom bargain to work their magic on!

This month we saved over 11,000kgs from our landfill, which is equal to around 823 average bedside units. That’s something we can all be very proud of. Something else we are very proud of is our great Volunteer Team! This month they gave Storeroom 560 hours of their time and enabled us to provide the service that you need. They do all sorts and without them, this charity would not be able to open its doors to everyone. If you fancy joining our team, please contact our Volunteer Manager Kerri.

And finally, we are pleased to announce our recent win of the Business in the Community Award, by the IW Chamber of Commerce, Business Awards for Excellence 2016. Being recognised as a valued part of the Isle of Wight community is important to us and a great moral booster for the whole team!

Team Storeroom - December 2016

Team Storeroom – December 2016

We hope you have all enjoyed the festive season and that 2017 goes well for you and yours.

Thank you again for your support.

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Storeroom, the island’s leading furniture re-use charity

 

November 2016

Well done! Yes to all of us! Our supporters from 208 island homes donated their unwanted but re-usable furniture and household items to Storeroom and 455 customers found things they needed to make their home more comfortable in November. This meant that we saved nearly 14,500kgs from that trip to the tip, which would be the same weight as 289 small sofas if you find that easier to imagine.

We hope you found a bargain during the madness that is Black Friday, or Black Friday week as it has expanded into. Remember though, that much of our stock is always a bargain, with only a small percentage being high value. If you are in need you can ask your supporting agency for a referral and benefit from further discounts on Storeroom’s already very reasonable prices.

Have you ever thought about volunteering? Our volunteers come from all walks of life. Some are unemployed and looking for work, others work full or part time and just like to make a difference in our community. Last month they gave us over 700 hours of their time. They are our stars!

Storeroom Education will be getting off to a good start in 2017 as they received funding from four different charitable trusts this month, Swire Charitable Trust, Wight Aid, Isle Wight Foundation and the Diocese of Portsmouth. There will be lots of free courses for local unemployed people, so watch out for new information on our social media and this website. Education will be launching their new website in the New Year.

 

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Remember, Re-use Rules!

October 2016

Many thanks to all our supporters this month. We visited 211 homes to collect your kind donations and saw 461 customers who made purchases, large and small for their homes. All this super re-use activity meant that over 15,500kgs of perfectly re-usable furniture and household items did not go to our island landfill. What does that weight look like? Well, about the same as 280 double wardrobes – phew! It would be quite mad to push that into the ground every month.

We have been busy bringing our building up to scratch and a recent job was to clean the skylights, so a lot more natural light now gets in. Just a reminder, but now it’s getting colder do make sure you have something warm on when you visit Storeroom as we cannot afford to heat the whole premises.

Do you have any regular free time when you could volunteer at Storeroom? Last month our team gave us nearly 600 hours of their time and we could not manage without them. Some people just come in for an hour or two once a week, some come in for a few days. They enjoy the company, the buzz you get from helping people and often make new friends too. In return we can only offer you tea, coffee and our sincere gratitude, with the occasional cake though!

Storeroom Education have just commenced a new Level 1 Carpentry and Joinery Course along with the Health & Safety for those seeking to apply for or re-new their CSCS card and not forgetting the Emergency First Aid at Work courses. If you are local and unemployed these courses are often free or low cost. If you are an employer we can offer one of 400 plus NOCN courses for you or bespoke courses to suit your business. Please contact Education on 209734.

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Our thanks to those of you

who have played a part in our growing success story

 

September 2016

Thank you to everyone who has donated their unwanted but re-usable furniture and household goods to Storeroom this month. Also a big thank you to our customers and those who also visited us and Storeroom Education for our open days on 22 September. It was a great opportunity for you all to find out a little bit more about us and ask any questions.

Well, together we have saved over 15,000kgs from that trip to the tip – and that would amount to 832 average rocking chairs! 212 homes donated items to the charity and 467 families were able to take advantage of this and could affordably purchase items they very much needed. Only a few of our customers are up-cyclers, but if you are and you have made something new and wonderful from one of your Storeroom purchases, we would love to see your before and after photos – they may inspire someone else. Thank you!

Our works inside Storeroom have now ended and the dust is back under control – not sure who might be most pleased about this, you the customers, or our staff and volunteers who were virtually living with dusters in their hands! We finally have a proper break room in the building to go to for our lunch or tea-break. Outside has recently become a lot less appealing with the change in the weather.

This month our volunteers generously gave us over 700 hours of their time; without them our doors would not be open to the general public. Thank you Team Storeroom! They are all fueled by tea, coffee, fruit squash and the occasional cake – baked by one of our longest serving volunteers and always very much enjoyed by everyone.

Storeroom Education are still running free or low cost courses for unemployed people between 18-65, their new price list is on this website’s Training Opportunities page. Education also offer professional courses for those who are looking for a career change; please give them a call on 01983 209734 for more information.

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Storeroom – an island charity dedicated to helping island people

 

August 2016

Your support was greatly appreciated during this month, always a strange one for us as so many people are away on their holidays, or enjoying staycations at home (which was ok weatherwise this year!). We even had customers brave the traffic during Cowes Week, which is often very quiet here at Storeroom.

So, how did we all do? Well thanks to you, our customers, nearly 13,500kgs of furniture and household goods went to new homes rather than our island landfill. It makes a difference to our environment and helps other people too, those who cannot afford to purchase new and struggle to make ends meet. Sadly with the austerity measures, more and more people need a helping hand. This August we collected re-usable items from 206 homes and 358 families benefitted from being able to purchase affordable secondhand furniture and household goods for their homes.

We have been carrying out various works in Storeroom to at last give our volunteers somewhere inside the building to take a tea or lunch break. Sorry for all the noise – and not forgetting the extra dust, which has got absolutely everywhere. This all should come to an end by the middle of September; thank you for bearing with us through this period of disruption. As usual, we have done as much of the works as possible ourselves.

Team Storeroom, our loyal band of volunteers have given us 735 hours of their time this month doing all the usual things! This involves looking after customers, helping our drivers with deliveries and collections and of course, keeping the premises clean and tidy. If you fancy giving something back to your community, why not join our team, even a regular half day is a great help. You can find out more about our volunteering opportunities at Do-It.org https://do-it.org/oppo…/ed1f97c6-4a54-483f-bbb0-d0bec2ca065c

Don’t forget to get in touch with Storeroom Education if you are unemployed and interested in any of their free or low cost NOCN accredited training courses, call 01983 209734 or email officestoreroom@yahoo.co.uk Please be aware if you are a business owner we can provide a bespoke course for any staff training needs you may have, one of the courses we are currently running is Emergency First Aid at Work for a local company.

Oh yes, and how many sideboards would equal the tonnage we saved from Landfill last month? 267 !

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Storeroom, the island’s leading furniture re-use charity

July 2016

Thank you everyone for your help in making sure as much furniture is re-used as possible on the Isle of Wight. Together we have saved over 15,900kgs from going to our island landfill.  Can’t imagine that weight?  Well its about the same as 1,097 coffee tables!  Imagine that squashed into our island landfill.  Madness!

218 homes kindly donated items to Storeroom and 458 families were able to find 1346 ‘new to them’ items to make their living space more homely, at affordable prices. Thanks to SASC, Power to Change and Garfield Weston, Storeroom2010 now has ownership of the building it occupies.  This means we will be able to make a number of significant changes that will benefit our community and the environment as and when funding becomes available.

Our team of volunteers have done a great job and between them have given around 750 hours of their own time to keep Storeroom’s doors open to all. We would not be here without their wonderful help with just about everything that keeps Storeroom ticking over.  You’d be surprised at just how much there is to do here on a daily basis.

Another Level 1 Carpentry and Joinery course has commenced at Storeroom Education and they continue to offer the Health & Safety course for those wishing to apply for their CSCS card, at low cost or free to local unemployed people. More taster days are planned in other trades too.  Get in touch with Storeroom Education if you are interested, please call 01983 209734 or email officestoreroom@yahoo.co.uk

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Remember, Re-use Rules!

 

June 2016

A little quieter this month than last, but we all did very well! Thank you to the 191 homes that donated their re-usable, but unwanted items to us.  Over 11,000kgs of furniture and household goods did not go to landfill as new homes were found with 424 families.  Can’t imagine what that weight in furniture looks like?  Think of 188 lounge units instead?  Quite a heap and much better being used than squashed into the ground.

As ever, Storeroom gives thanks to our wonderful volunteers, who help us to keep everything going and our doors open to everyone. They ‘muck’ in and do whatever needs doing and gave us nearly 750 hours of their time.  If you would like to join Team Storeroom, please give our volunteer manager, Kerri, a call on 298679.  Thank you.

New this month at Storeroom Education is their open learning Level 1 Carpentry and Joinery course on the 26th of July for only £200! BARGAIN! The course will include practical and theory sessions, if you wish to complete the Level 1 Carpentry and Joinery qualification. The theory part of the course can be completed in-house or by distant learning.  If this is something that would suit you, please call 01983 209734 or email officestoreroom@yahoo.co.uk

Our thanks to those of you

who have played a part in our growing success story

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May 2016

It was great to see so many of you visit our shop this month, over 630 customers who made purchases – also thank you to the 160 plus households who kindly donated furniture and other household items to Storeroom. Your generosity is greatly appreciated, as is the practical help supplied by our Volunteer task force ‘Team Storeroom’ who gave us over 750 hours of their time in May to help make everything happen!

We are always looking for volunteers to help in the shop, on the vans, or in the warehouse, so if you can spare a regular time each week, even if only a half day, please get in touch with our Volunteer Manager Kerri Salter on 298679. Thank you. Our volunteer position information is available at https://do-it.org/organisations/storeroom-2010

Over 1200 re-usable items went to new homes during the month which meant that over 15,100kgs was not sent to our island landfill. What does that weight look like? Try to imagine 301 large sideboards instead? What a wicked waste it would be for so many wonderful items to be wasted.

Currently Storeroom Education is running H&S in construction courses for those seeking their CSCS (new or renew) card, First Aid Courses, Woodcarving and various Microbite Business Sessions – all at low cost. Please contact Storeroom Education for more information or to book 01983 209734. If you or your business can help the Education Project with funding, please contact Nick Miller, Storeroom Manager on 298679.

Storeroom – an island charity dedicated to helping island people

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April 2016

Thank you everyone for your wonderful support again! We are only here because of your kind donations, your visits to our shop and because of our brilliant volunteers who give their time to keep our doors open to everyone. We visited 177 homes to collect your unwanted but re-usable items and saw over 450 customers at our shop – thank you for visiting and we hope you enjoyed looking around and seeing just what we have on offer, which if you’ve not been here yet you will find is rather a lot! Nearly 1,000 furniture and household items went onto new homes from Storeroom in April, so that’s almost 15,900kgs we’ve all saved from doing that trip to the tip. What does that weight look like? About the same as 444 average dressing tables. Yes, really!

Team Storeroom volunteers did an excellent job for us this month, giving us over 825 hours of their time, which meant we were able to keep everything here clean and tidy (no mean feat!) and keep the collections and deliveries running to schedule. If you would like to join us, whether you can spare a regular half day a week or more, are interested in working in our shop, warehouse or out on the vans, we would love to hear from you. Please call the office on 298679.

Storeroom Education has some new one day trades based courses planned; please see the training page on this website for further information. We are an accredited NOCN Centre no 30000877. Telephone 209734 or email officestoreroom@yahoo.co.uk for further information.

 Storeroom, the island’s leading furniture re-use charity

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March 2016

We have enjoyed the support of so many of our island community this month. Over 170 households donated items to Storeroom which enabled people in need to find items at affordable prices, which helped make their living space into a more comfortable home. More than 900 pieces of furniture and other household goods found new owners and this saved over 15,600kgs from our island landfill. If you can’t imagine that weight, think of 282 average wardrobes instead! What a wicked waste it would be to squash all those things into the ground.

Volunteers are the glue that keeps everything at Storeroom together, they are the reason we are open for you all. They help with just about everything to enable this charity to work as efficiently as possible. This month they gave us in excess of 900 hours of their time, cheerfully doing chores such as cleaning and dusting, loading and unloading vehicles, collecting donations and delivering purchases, not forgetting serving customers and answering the phone. Whew!! No wonder they need plenty of tea and coffee. . .

Storeroom Education has offered a new activity, a plumbing ‘taster’ day this month and ran bespoke Manual Handling and Customer Service day courses. Please contact them if you require a bespoke course for your company as they may be able to help you. Storeroom Education is an accredited NOCN centre no. 30000877. Telephone 209734 or email officestoreroom@yahoo.co.uk

Remember, Re-use Rules!

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 February 2016

Thank you all for your support this month. We have been very pleased to accept a wide range of very useful re-usable items; this is turn meant that anyone in our community who needed items were able to source them at reasonable prices from Storeroom. The Isle of Wight community are always generous and help so many local charities.

Together we have saved over 1050 items, amounting to in excess of 13,500kgs from that trip to the tip. So many things can be re-used, its just giving them the chance to be found by someone else, someone who thinks they are exactly what they want. Can’t imagine that weight? Try thinking of 255 average large sofas instead!

Our volunteers and staff ensure our premises are clean and tidy, no mean feat with the amount of to-ing and fro-ing going on every single day! Volunteers gave us 675 hours of their time in February and without them we really would not be here for all of you. This superb team look after Storeroom from as little as half a day each up to several days each a week. We keep them going with tea, coffee, biscuits and sometimes even cake – there’s never enough cake though! Team Storeroom are cheerful, helpful and generally keep everything running very smoothly here.

Storeroom Education is still going strong and there is more information about them on the Training page of this website. Pop along to take a look if you fancy learning something new for professional or personal reasons. We have accredited courses or activities just for fun, not forgetting free or low cost courses for local unemployed people. Please direct your enquiries to Storeroom Education on 209734.

Thank you, you have played a part in our growing success story

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January 2016

We hope you all enjoyed your Christmas and New Year breaks and got back into the swing of things this month. We have been quite busy since we re-opened after our fortnight’s holiday and to all our customers who have braved the dreadful weathers to come to see us – thank you very much.

Thanks also go to our great team of volunteers, who incidentally, gave us nearly 700 hours of their time this month. We have been able to help many people who want to purchase reasonably priced pre-loved furniture and other household items.  Together we have saved over 1350 items from the tip, which amounts to a little under 13,850 kgs in weight – or to make that easier to imagine 1,033 bedside cabinets! Phew – that would make a heap wouldn’t it?

Where does all our stock come from? Many people across the island who are buying new furniture or downsizing to a smaller home, do think of Storeroom for their kind donations.  We also are offered goods from businesses and from people who are selling a holiday home.  Some of these things are quite pristine, others are in good to average condition, but we are pleased that they will all be going to new owners who will love them for a little bit longer.  A much better idea than squashing them into our island landfill.

Storeroom Education has much to offer with free or very low cost courses for local unemployed people. There are some pay for courses too, which when completed, lead to professional qualifications for those already in work, looking for a career change or spreading their wings a little.  Another NOCN Level 1 Carpentry & Joinery in Construction commenced at the end of the month.  Coming soon is a free Level 3 Digital Marketing Course (with Full Accreditation) for Isle of Wight residents only.  More details soon and please direct your enquiries to Storeroom Education on 298679.

Storeroom – an island charity dedicated to helping island people

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December 2015

We hope you all enjoyed the festive season and thank you for your support, right up until our two week closure began at 4pm on Saturday 19 December.

Sadly we just ran out of time and delivery/collection slots to keep everyone happy, but we did do our best! Everything will be back to normal now and we are open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-4pm. Don’t forget there is free parking right outside our front door and the park and ride Cowes bus stop is just 100 yards up the road.

This month we have together saved over 10,500 kgs from going to landfill. Your donations of furniture and other household items which are ready for immediate re-use have stopped all those lovely things being sent to the tip and squashed into the ground, which is a really wicked waste. People in need can choose to purchase from a great variety available at Storeroom at our very affordable prices; often there is almost too much to choose from.

Sometimes we are asked why, if we are given items for nothing, we cannot just give them away?   Well, here are just a few of the reasons; rent on our premises, second hand van purchase, insurance, maintenance and fuel, insurance, maintenance of premises, the utility bills, a handful of paid staff and not forgetting an army of volunteers who need to be kept full of tea or coffee (and cake if there is any going) in order to operate! LOL. We wish we could do more for our local community, but be assured every spare penny is used in our Education project, offering free training to local unemployed people.

Our volunteers gave us over 500 hours this month and without them we would not be here for you all. They come in whatever the weather, some for just a few hours a week, some for several days each week. Team Storeroom, a force to be reckoned with!

Why don’t you make a different New Year resolution for 2016 and try to recycle more than ever this year?

Storeroom, the island’s leading furniture re-use charity

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November 2015

Thank you everyone for your kind donations of furniture and household goods, also thank you to all our customers, who come to see us come wind, rain or shine, mostly wind and rain in the last few weeks . . . We have seen some very unusual donations this month and it never ceases to amaze us at what is found ‘knocking about’ when you are having a tidy round in your home!

So, how did we all do this month with our re-cycling? Well, together we have saved over 12,000kgs from our landfill and that would look like 225 wardrobes if that is easier for you to imagine? What a waste it would be to put that all into landfill, much better to re-use as much as we can.

Storeroom is open for everyone and that is in great part due to our great team of volunteers, without whom we really would not be here. They give up their own time every month and are very much appreciated. Some of them already have paid work, but like to do something for the community too. This month our volunteers gave us around 650 hours and between them helped on the vans with collections and deliveries, moved furniture around in the warehouse, cleaned, tidied and looked after our customers. Whew! All achieved on lots of coffee, tea and the occasional cake!

This month we had a big change around in the main warehouse and we think the new arrangement makes it much easier to look around, in the sofas area especially. We hope when you visited you liked it too? We love to get your feedback so don’t be shy, you can use the contact us form on this website.

Thank you, you have played a part in our growing success story

 

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October 2015

We got a bit behind this month what with van breakdowns, holidays and staff sickness, so our apologies if you have experienced a delay in us delivering or collecting items. We expect to get back to normal in November.

Thank you for continuing to support Storeroom with your kind donations of unwanted but re-usable furniture and household items. We have had lots of lovely things donated to us this month and many happy customers finding things they can afford to buy rather than getting into debt in order to purchase brand new.

The monies raised from these sales helps to keep Storeroom open for everyone, whether you are a person in need, a keen up-cycler or a bargain hunter. Any surplus monies are ploughed into our Skills Gap Training project which goes from strength to strength, offering free trades based training to local unemployed people. This month we have again received cheques from two new funders to help keep the project going!

Team Storeroom, our volunteers, who are a workforce to be reckoned with, have given us over 700 hours of their time this month. Without them it would be impossible to run an operation of this size for everyone on our island to be able to use. They keep the premises clean and tidy, help with deliveries and collections and even make tea; given the opportunity they like to eat the odd bit of cake too! They all give us their very best and together we come up with some great ideas for Storeroom.

Now onto the green stuff! This month we have together saved over 1500 pieces of furniture and household items from our island landfill. These items weighed in at over 16,700kgs – it’s difficult to imagine that weight, so think of 440 average chests of drawers instead!

We have changed our van schedules, so from November, new stock will be arriving daily. Go on, come to see us and bag a bargain.

Storeroom, the island’s leading furniture re-use charity

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September 2015

What a busy month! So many kind donations from our island community and plenty of support from people visiting our shop too. We have been delighted with the help of our fantastic band of volunteers who keep everything shipshape – we could not manage without them and indeed Storeroom would not be here if they did not give us so many hours of their time; this month over 700 hours! Would you like to be a part of our volunteer team at Storeroom? If yes, please give our manager Nick Miller a call on 298679.

We expect you are wondering how much furniture and other useful household goods was re-used in September and saved from going to our island landfill? Well, the good news is, very nearly 14,000kgs! Or, to imagine that weight better, it would be about the same as 196 average dining table and six chair sets! Don’t worry though, there is still a plentiful choice of items here, from teaspoons to wardrobes and everything else in between too! Stock changes daily and always something new to see, so a good place to have a browse if you have some time on your hands – be warned though, it’s not often someone leaves without purchasing something that has caught their eye . . . or several things!

You’ll be pleased to hear that Storeroom Education is going strong, with the Social Enterprise schemes providing a small income for the Skills Gap Training project. The carpentry learners have been using their new skills to make bespoke items for several satisfied customers. Also, we have been very fortunate to receive some grant monies this month from three different funders! If you need to call our Education Department they can be found on 209734 and are open Monday to Friday.

Storeroom – an island charity dedicated to helping island people

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August 2015

Thank you for your support in August. We have all been busy here, accepting your kind donations and keeping everything clean and tidy for our customers. Our volunteers ensure that Storeroom can keep its doors open to everyone and without them we would not be here. They kindly gave us nearly 600 hours of their time this month and their support really is invaluable.

Together we have saved many items from going to landfill, over 1000 of them, which equals around 12,500kgs. What does that weight look like? Think of 298 average sofas instead! Its great that just by reusing furniture and household items rather than throwing them away we can all help our environment in this way.

This month Storeroom Education have been busy too. There is a new course running alongside the NOCN Carpentry & Joinery Level 1, NOCN Carpentry & Joinery Level 2 and more courses and activities to start soon. Contact them for further information on 209734.

Don’t forget this website has lots of pages with all sort of information. Over 75,750 views to date!

Thank you, you have played a part in our growing success story

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July 2015

Despite some days when the weather was dreadful, many of you still came to see us at Storeroom, thank you! People visit us for all sorts of reasons, apart from wanting to buy something specific. Up-cyclers look about for inspiration, bargain hunters for, well, bargains and other people just like to pop in regularly and look around, just in case! Everyone benefits from our free parking right outside and our opening days/hours of Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-4pm.

Our thanks go out to all the kind people who kindly donated their unwanted but reusable furniture and other household goods to Storeroom. Everything is gratefully received and soon finds new homes. Some items barely get a price tag on them before they are back off out the door!

Everything at Storeroom happens because we have such a great band of regular volunteers, who ensure it all runs smoothly and who deal with all sorts of problems, fueled mostly on tea, coffee, the occasional bit of cake and of course our profuse thanks! These lovely people gave us over 650 hours of their time in July and we would not be here without them.

All the furniture and other household items moved on to new homes in July means that over 1200 items did not go to the tip, that’s over 13,500kgs which would be about the same as 973 coffee tables. Makes you think doesn’t it?

Don’t forget to check out the training page on this website to see what is on offer at our new education unit!

Storeroom, the island’s leading furniture re-use charity

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June 2015

What a busy month it has been for Storeroom and Storeroom Education! Our training has now all moved into our new building just a stone’s throw from Storeroom. Please see the training page on this website for further information and if you cannot find what you need or you have any other queries, please call Storeroom Education on 01983 209734.

As ever, thank you to everyone who has supported us by making purchases in our shop or by donating re-usable items to us. In June we sold over 1150 pieces of furniture and household items, this amounted to over 11,300kgs saved from landfill – how great is that? Many of these items went to people in need who were referred to Storeroom by one of over 50 agencies on the island. We operate a two tier price system so that referred people can benefit from reduced pricing on a great proportion of our stock and these reductions are made on our already very reasonable prices.

So, what does 11,300kgs look like? Try to imagine about 162 of these corner units!

We could not achieve any of this without the help and support of our wonderful volunteers. In June they gave Storeroom over 800 hours of their time; they polished, washed, hoovered, wiped, lifted, stacked, served customers, helped on the van with deliveries and collections and not forgetting, did it all with a smile on their face and the desire to help this local charity. We even have volunteers in our education unit!

Storeroom – an island charity dedicated to helping island people

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SOLD June 2015

May 2015

Thank you all again for your help and support!  The donations of furniture and household items made to Storeroom often end up in homes where furniture is something of a luxury and people in need really do appreciate it.  Some of our furniture is purchased by keen upcyclers to work their magic!  If you have turned something ordinary into something wonderful, please share your before and after photos and inspire others.

Our handful of staff and trusty band of volunteers have all worked very hard again to keep everything running as smoothly as possible here and they all do an excellent job!  The volunteers have given us nearly 900 hours of their own time this month and for Storeroom that is invaluable.

This month we had even more to do than usual!  We have acquired new premises to transfer our training programme to as we had outgrown the space here.  These premises have required some refurbishment works and general cleaning and tidying up, so that has kept us really busy.  Several learners from our previous free carpentry and joinery courses for local unemployed people have spent time with us and helped with all manner of tasks.  We plan to be up and running in the new building mid June so watch our Facebook page or this site for updates.  Unemployed people will continue to get that free, extra opportunity to train for a qualification which may help set them on the path to a new job or career.

Well, now for the exciting bit – how much did we save from landfill this month?  Nearly 14,500kgs which was made up of over 1250 items!!!  Or 262 wardrobes if that’s easier to imagine than the weight.   Well done and thank you very much!

Thank you, you have played a part in our growing success story

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SOLD May 2015

April 2015

Once again we have all done ‘our bit’ to help our community in need and our environment too. Donations to Storeroom have been very gratefully received and over 400 customers, including those referred to us by one of over 50 agencies across the island have been able to purchase affordable furniture and household goods. Our wonderful volunteers also donated something very valuable to us – their time. This month they gave us over 750 hours which helps to keep our doors open for everyone. We would not be here without their assistance!

So how much did we manage to save from that trip to the tip in April? Over 12,500kgs – or think of 596 small bookcases instead! Every little helps because in under a decade, our island landfill will have reached capacity.

We have made an exciting step forward with our training plans this month. We now have dedicated premises available and we will be able to expand the courses we can offer a little later this year. There will still be FREE courses for local unemployed people, but we will also offer paid for courses too; monies from which will go back into helping those who cannot access or afford training through the usual channels. There will also be non-vocational activities.

Watch this space!

Storeroom – an island charity dedicated to helping island people

SOLD April 2015

SOLD April 2015

 

March 2015

What a busy month March was!  Thank you all so much for keeping those donations coming in and for making purchases from our shop.  All monies spent help to keep Storeroom open to all and some goes towards our free training for unemployed people too!  Fortunately we receive grant funding from various trusts both on and off the island; these pay the bulk of the costs of the Skills Gap Training courses.

Our volunteers are a great bunch, all sorts of people, who help in all sorts of ways.  Their common denominator is that they believe in Storeroom and want to keep us up and running.  In March they gave us over 850 hours of their time!  We couldn’t manage without them and try to help out when we can with useful training.  This month we placed two volunteers on a First Aid course.  Something they can put with their CVs and a skill which may help them a little too, when they apply for work.

So, how did we do with the furniture re-use?  Well around 1200 items were purchased in March and that amounted to nearly 12,250kgs which was not squashed into our island landfill.  To imagine that weight how about thinking of 349 sideboards!

Remember – Re-use Rules!

SOLD March 2015

SOLD March 2015

 

February 2015

Well done everyone!  Together we have been able to save over 12,300kgs of re-usable furniture and household goods from being sent to our island landfill.  That is about the same weight as 456 average chests of drawers.  It would be downright crazy to squash these perfectly good things into the ground.

Storeroom would not operate without the help of our volunteers – they gave us over 750 hours this month – and not much gets done without their very valuable help and people power.  Wherever you look you will see them assisting on the vans, serving customers, cleaning and tidying up – occasionally they might stop for a cuppa (and cake if there is any going!).

We had great feedback from the learners who completed the fifth carpentry course and the group on course six are doing really well and enjoying learning new skills.  Our FREE Health & Safety in Construction courses for unemployed people seeking to apply for or renew their CSCS card are booking into April now!

What else is our Education department up to then? The courses below are all very reasonably priced! Each course sold helps to fund an unemployed person to learn something new and improve their chances of finding paid work. For further information please email educo.storeroom@yahoo.co.uk

  • Health and Safety In a Construction Environment: booking for April
  • First Aid: booking for March
  • Customer Service: booking for May
  • Award In Education and Training: booking for May
  • Preparation for University – A must for all new undergraduates: booking for July

Storeroom – making a difference

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Sold February 2015

January 2015

Well once again we can only thank you very much indeed, for all your kind donations and general support in January.  Of course we also thank our wonderful volunteers!  This month they gave us over 600 hours of their time, looking after so many aspects of running this charity enabling us to provide a service to the island.  Storeroom is only as good as you all help to make us.

We are very pleased to say that last month together we saved over 10,700kgs from island landfill (or 595 rocking chairs if that helps you to image what that weight might look like!).  What a wicked waste that would be to just throw good furniture away?  Storeroom often accepts items which other charities turn down, things that may have small marks, but are still of serviceable quality.  So if you have been let down elsewhere, please see if we can help.  Obviously we can’t see your possible donations over the phone when you call, so we always advise people it’s the driver’s decision what can or cannot be accepted.

Our sixth Carpentry & Joinery course (FREE to unemployed local people) commenced in January and learners from our fifth course, which is still underway, have been completing work experience at the Aspire Community Center in Ryde.  Its great that two island groups are helping each other this way.  Our Health & Safety in Construction training courses, for those seeking their CSCS card (again FREE to local unemployed) saw 50 learners in just a few months last year and most of them have achieved or are still working towards their certificates.

Storeroom – an island charity dedicated to helping island people

SOLD January 2015

SOLD January 2015

December 2014

Thank you for all your support again in 2014! Another year has gone by, rather too fast for our liking. Storeroom is still going strong and with your help we continue to serve our local community by collecting unwanted, but useful items which are no longer needed and by offering affordable furniture and household goods at our shop and warehouse.

Because we have such a loyal band of volunteer helpers who regularly give their own time to help us, we manage to provide a good service. In December our volunteers gave over 350 hours to keep our doors open to all and happily assisted our drivers, helped customers in the shop and just got on with anything that needed doing.

It was a short month this month so we can’t amaze you with how much we have saved from landfill, but we are delighted to say that 9,128kgs did not get squashed into the ground! And what does that weight look like? Try to imagine 338 average desks instead!

We have recently achieved more funding towards our Skills Gap Training at Storeroom and the sixth carpentry course, FREE to unemployed island residents will commence soon; currently there are a few places left. We are also continuing our Health & Safety training (for those needing the new CSCS card) FREE again if you are unemployed!

 Storeroom2010, making a difference

SOLD December 2014

SOLD December 2014

 

November 2014

Well it was a wet and miserable month, but plenty of people took the time to visit Storeroom, some of them for the first time. So many island residents have still not heard of Storeroom and there is little we can do ourselves as we cannot afford those continual advertising and leafleting campaigns that the big charities can always seem to spend money on. Please tell other people about us, the huge variety of stock on display and the affordable prices.

We continue to offer an islandwide free collection service for your unwanted, but re-usable items. Storeroom is here to make sure there is a good choice of furniture and household goods available for people who need them and cannot afford to purchase new. We will accept items that are not perfect, unlike other charities who prefer to only collect furniture which is virtually flawless. However, we cannot accept items which do not have the appropriate fire safety labelling.

With your help and the continued support from our very loyal bunch of volunteers, who gave us nearly 650 hours of their own time this month we were able to provide nearly 1200 items to our customers. Our wonderful volunteers keep the whole place clean and tidy, help our drivers with deliveries and collections and keep our doors open for the benefit of everyone on our lovely island.

The furniture and household goods that were re-used this month, instead of going to the tip, which is the fate of most stuff people no longer want but cannot find a new home for, weighed in at nearly 13,300kgs which is equivalent to 242 wardrobes!

There is still funding in place at Storeroom for our next carpentry course, FREE to unemployed island residents, for our Health & Safety training (for those needing the new CSCS card) FREE again and for our NEW employability courses – yes FREE!

An island charity dedicated to helping island people

SOLD November 2014

SOLD November 2014

October 2014

We are all so lucky to live in a community where people care about each other and want to help. Our thanks, as always, go to our volunteers, without whom we would not be able to stay open, to all the people who donated unwanted but re-usable furniture and household items to Storeroom and not forgetting our customers!

Our wonderful volunteers gave us nearly 700 hours of their own time this month. They help to keep everything running smoothly at our premises and out on our vehicles. We would not be here without them. They think up new ideas for ways to improve Storeroom and really make a difference.

Together we are enabling those less fortunate to be able to make their living space into a more comfortable home and by doing so we are sending so much less to our island landfill to be squashed into the ground. This month we saved nearly 14,500kgs from the tip, which was over 1,400 items. So, what does that weight look like? It is about the same as 1,030 bedside cabinets!

Our training is still going well, with another (FREE for island unemployed people) carpentry & joinery course starting later this month and ongoing Health & Safety in Construction courses (also FREE to unemployed island people).

Remember, re-use rules!

SOLD October 2014

SOLD October 2014

September 2014

Storeroom had another busy month with a large variety of items donated. Thank you again to all the wonderful people who donate items they no longer need to us.  Your old possessions all end up very much wanted in new island locations and help make another person’s place into something very special – their home!

Last month our customers purchased just over 1000 items, which saved in excess of 12,000kgs from going to Isle of Wight landfill. This valued custom helped keep our doors open for the referred clients who benefit from lower prices, at a time when they most need help to furnish their homes.  Sadly, every year the number of people referred to Storeroom increases.

We have commenced our 5th (FREE!) carpentry & joinery course for unemployed people over 18 who are resident on the island. This has been made possible by funding from foundations on and off the Isle of Wight.  It is part of ‘giving something back’ to our island community who have supported us for several years as a charity in our own right.  Please see our training page for more information and some photos too.

Our volunteers were busy, as always, helping the customers, keeping everything neat, clean and tidy around the shop and warehouse or they were out on the vans with our drivers, collecting and delivering items.  The volunteer team kindly gave nearly 600 hours of their time during the month and we really could not manage without them.

604 of these equals approx 12,000kgs!

SOLD - September 2014

SOLD – September 2014

August 2014

Well, can you believe a whole year has gone by since Storeroom moved to our current premises on the Somerton Estate in Cowes? That time has flown by and we believe just about everyone thinks this building is a lot better than the last one we were in. What exactly are the benefits? Well, we have free parking outside for our customers, we have been able to commence our carpentry training for unemployed people and the premises is much warmer and dryer in the winter months.

During August, Storeroom was again well supported by the Isle of Wight community! This is wonderful as it means we can continue to offer very reasonably priced furniture and household goods to the general public, with many items sold at a further discount to referred clients. If you were in the position of having an empty space to live in, just where else could you go to in order to buy a van load of goods and then get them all delivered to your home just a few days later too for a tenner?

This month our volunteers gave us over 600 hours of their time and helped with so many important tasks to keep Storeroom up and running. There is so much to do behind the scenes and the cleaning and tidying up goes on forever. . . We get through loads of polish and glass cleaner!

Over 1000 items were saved from our island landfill in August, these weighed in at over 14,700kgs – or about the same as 2957 stools! It would be awful if all these reusable household goods ended up at the tip rather than finding a new home. We love it when we see before and after photos too, where someone has ‘upcycled’ an item. Please send photos of your project to us!

We enjoyed our very first fund raising event on 15th August– a Medieval Night at The Castle Inn in Newport. Many thanks to all those who were involved and you’ll be pleased to know that £177 was raised for our Skills Gap Training project. The funding for this project is still trickling in and we do expect to be able to fund it beyond the original six months we planned.

The next carpentry training course will commence September/October and we are inviting applications from unemployed people over the age of 18 years. Please see the training page on our website for further information.  There is also the on-going Health & Safety course for those who need their first CSCS card or to renew their expiring CSCS card; this course is also free for unemployed people over 18 years, but there is an option for those working to pay to do the course too.

Thank you again for your support and remember – Re-use Rules!

 

SOLD August 2014

SOLD August 2014

July 2014

Thank you everyone for continuing to support Storeroom with your kind donations of furniture (which is ready for immediate re-use) or for visiting our shop and warehouse to make a purchase.  We make sure that many of the items we have here are offered for sale at a reduced price to people in need who are referred to Storeroom.  Sadly this group of people grows every year.

During July we together diverted over 1,100 items from landfill on our lovely island and those items weighed in at over 13,700kgs – or to make that a number that means something to us all, try to imagine instead 371 small sofas!

To make this all happen and to keep our doors open to everyone, our volunteers kindly gave over 660 hours of their time – they carried, cleaned, served customers, organised stuff generally and were all wonderful!

The new carpentry training courses are going well and already the Health & Safety course for those who need a new CSCS card or to renew their CSCS card, is popular (free for unemployed people 18-60) – please see the training page on our website for further information at www.storeroom.org.uk

Some feedback from learners on the first carpentry courses: –

“Would like to say thank you all”  🙂

“Thanks for all the help and support to help me find work and education”

“I thought the course was excellent.  It has given me the knowledge and confidence to use a lot of different tools safely and proficiently.  The theory side was explained and taught in an easy to understand manner, which made it interesting to learn.  Our tutor has been excellent throughout the course making the whole course thoroughly enjoyable.  I would recommend this course to anyone.”

“This course has helped me find the line of work I would like to go into.  It has also given me the opportunity to learn more about the construction industry.”

Let’s do it all again next month!

SOLD July 2014

SOLD July 2014

 

June 2014

Once again a BIG thank you to all our supporters, whether you have donated or purchased items from us. You enable Storeroom to continue to serve the needs of Isle of Wight residents, whether you want to save a re-usable item from going to landfill or if you need to purchase affordable furniture, which can usually be delivered to you within a week.

On 1st July Storeroom2010 will be FOUR and we will have been successfully operating the furniture re-use charity without the benefits of funding. No mean feat and very much down to the help of such a grand group of volunteers who donate their time week in and week out to carry out all sorts of tasks here to keep us functioning to the best of our ability. As ever, a huge number of hours, nearly 550, were so very kindly given.

In June we together re-used over 800 items of furniture and other household goods. These totaled nearly 11,000kgs in weight and that is good news too as none of this ended up in our island landfill. To imagine that weight, try to think of 192 garden dining sets like this one.

Our funded training is still going well, the next two carpentry courses are now underway and we are still getting feedback on the first two courses, hopefully we will be able to bring you a report next month. In July our Skills Gap Training will be getting underway, so again, more news soon.

Remember – re-use rules!

SOLD June 2014

SOLD June 2014

May 2014

You amaze us!  Your continued support, whether donating useful items to this island charity, or coming to visit us to make a purchase; REALLY does keep our doors open to everyone.  Together we save many bulky items of furniture from maybe ending up in our island landfill and it means those that cannot afford the luxury of buying new items have the chance to affordably make their living space into a more comfortable home.  During May we were able to re-use almost 1,000 items which totalled nearly 12,400kgs or imagine that weight instead as similar to 364 times this dressing table.

Our volunteers amaze us!!  During May these lovely people gave us over 600 hours of their own time.  Without this marvellous help, Storeroom would not exist and that doesn’t mean just the furniture side of things wouldn’t be here, it would also mean that people would not get the chance to gain work experience.  Also, with the funding we now have in place, unemployed people would not get that extra opportunity to train for a qualification which may set them on the path to a new job or career.

So, you have all done very well indeed and remember, you are a big part in a small, but growing success story.  Thank you from Storeroom, an island charity dedicated to helping island people.

SOLD May 2014

SOLD May 2014

April 2014

Well, Spring is well and truly here and what lovely weather we enjoyed over the Easter holidays, it certainly made a nice change for us all. At Storeroom we planted up a flowerbed bordering one side of our car park, but the rabbits have found it and munched most things! We thought they only ate vegetables!

Did you think you would only ever buy new things for your home? If you’ve been to Storeroom already, you may well have found that pre-loved is not a bad idea, especially so if you’re not sure exactly what you want, or how it would work/fit in your home. Many people visit us not intending to make a purchase – and they do, other people visit looking for a desk and leave with a lawnmower (yes! really!).

Once again we wish to thank you all for your continued support of Storeroom, an island charity dedicated to island people. Furniture and household goods donated to us were all put to good use and many customers have benefited from being able to purchase affordable items from Storeroom, with people in greatest need benefitting from many reductions to the already low prices. In April around 850 items went to new homes which meant that a total in excess of 12,500kgs did not go to our island landfill. Not sure about that weight? Think of 295 sideboards instead!

Please think of Storeroom if you have an item you no longer use and which is ready for immediate re-use. We are here solely to serve our island community who need help to affordably make their living space into a home. Do call us on 298679 if you have something to donate.

Just a reminder to you all that without the help given by our team of volunteers the day to day running of Storeroom would not be possible. They are all ordinary people, who together help make something extraordinary happen! During April they kindly gave us over 600 hours of their own time, doing all sorts of things including helping customers in the shop, keeping the premises clean and tidy; they even go out with our van drivers to collect or deliver furniture!

We will shortly be commencing another carpentry & joinery course for unemployed people over 18 who are resident on the island. This has been made possible by funding from foundations on and off the Isle of Wight. It is part of ‘giving something back’ to our island community. We hope to update you on our learners from the first course in our next month’s report.

Thank you for supporting Storeroom.

SOLD April 2014

SOLD April 2014

March 2014

Thank you to all our customers for visiting Storeroom during March, you battled all sorts of strange weathers to make a purchase, but at least its not far from our free parking area to the shop door if you are lucky enough to be able to drive over to see us!    During the month over 900 items went to new homes instead of to the tip. How brilliant is that? Those items weighed in at just over 11,400kgs or to imagine that weight, think of 760 cane armchairs instead!

Another wave of gratitude goes out to the kind people who donated things they no longer have a use for. Not only does re-use help our environment, but the availability of cheap, albeit secondhand furniture for people who are short of cash can make an enormous difference to their lives. It can make their living space into a home, help them to live in a bit of comfort and help keep their dignity intact. Unless you have been in this position of having very little furniture around you, it is hard to appreciate just how depressing it can make you feel.

Over 50 agencies across the island identify people in need and suggest visiting Storeroom for furniture and household item purchases.  If you need a referral please approach your Jobcentre, Housing officer, Health professional, Social Services, or if your need is very great and you have no funds at all, try the Isle of Wight Council LAS scheme for assistance.

The volunteers at Storeroom are a friendly bunch and give us their time and invaluable help on a regular basis. We never forget that Storeroom could not function without their assistance. Last month they worked over 550 hours, fuelled just by tea and coffee!

SOLD March 2014

SOLD March 2014

February 2014

Well done to our kind and generous island community!  Your lovely donations of furniture and household items meant that over 900 useful things did not go to the island landfill. That little lot weighed in at just over 11,300kgs in weight, or try to imagine instead 390 dining tables squashed into the ground . . .  A very bad thing indeed.  We never forget that you all contribute to our success and we hope you enjoy your visits here and have found a bargain or two for your homes.  And if you haven’t visited us yet, you never know, you might just find what you never knew you always wanted!

If you can gift aid your donations to us that is a great help too and we can all take great pleasure in knowing that the taxman has to help us out.

Storeroom would not be operating without the invaluable help and support of our hard working volunteer team, who gave us over 500 hours of their time and expertise in February.  They help with so many different tasks to keep Storeroom up and running for everyone in our local community.  We also receive help from people placed with us for work experience, some have stayed on as volunteers and some have moved onto paid work.  We love it when that happens!

Our carpentry courses are still running and we are looking to the future to ensure we are able to offer more of the same or similar courses, which will help our island’s unemployed people to gain new skills and qualifications.

Remember everyone, re-use rules!

SOLD February 2014

SOLD February 2014

January 2014

Thank you everyone for your continued support of this island charity.  We are taking this opportunity to remind you that all your kind donations of furniture and household goods are sold on to island people and monies raised are used to keep Storeroom open to all and is not sent elsewhere.  We still have the referral system in place and last year around 50 agencies across the island referred people in need to us and their clients benefited from further reductions to many items available here.  We get lots of positive feedback regarding our prices and we know we are cheaper than a lot of other secondhand outlets.

Who makes this all happen?  Well, we have just a handful of paid staff and 4 times as many volunteers, without whom Storeroom would not be here to serve the local community.  This month our volunteers gave us over 500 hours of their time.  Be nice to them!

An amazing variety of items were donated in January and an equally amazing number of items were sold, over 850.  This amounted to 10,500kgs (imagine 283 small sofas!) which will now not be squashed into our island landfill.  Well done and thank you all very much.

We have started our new carpentry courses this month and we now have 16 learners working towards their NOCN Level 1 in Carpentry and Joinery.  Please see our training page for more information and some photos.  This has been thanks to funding from sources on and off island and we hope to start another course in June.

 

SOLD January 2014

SOLD January 2014

OVERVIEW OF 2013 / TONNAGE RE-USED

During the year 125,276kgs of furniture was re-used through Storeroom.  This was not our best year as we lost over a week during our move to new premises.  But, to give you some idea of what that weight might look like, imagine everything you can see in the photo below and then multiply by 170 . . . .  Now, what’s best for our environment, furniture re-use, or squashing it into the ground at our island landfill?

737.7kgs !!!

737.7kgs !!!

December 2013

This was a funny old month for us at Storeroom.  We were busier than expected with both collections and deliveries.  Luckily we were able to help out just about all of the people who had those last minute jobs for us.

Furniture donated to Storeroom has found its way into many island homes and not gone to the tip!  Some items are sold at a discounted price to people in need who are referred to Storeroom, other items go to bargain hunters who like something a bit different which can’t be found in the local shops or big stores.  The customers who pay our ‘shop’ goods prices help to keep Storeroom up and running, pay the bills and keep our doors open to everyone.  THANK YOU!

As usual our great team of volunteers helped to keep everything running smoothly and they gave us nearly 400 hours of their time this month.  Really amazing, especially when everyone is so busy in the run up to the festive break.  We cannot thank our task force enough, as without them there would be no Storeroom; they are the reason we were able to keep open when funding was withdrawn back in 2010 and they are the reason we can look forward to being with you all again in 2014.

So what did you purchase in December?  Over 700 items!  And that saved in excess of 8,000kgs from being taken to our island landfill and buried forever.  It is difficult to imagine what 8,000kgs looks like – so imagine 233 small sideboards instead! 

A very Happy New Year to you and yours from all at Storeroom.

SOLD in December 2013

SOLD in December 2013

November 2013

In the run up to Christmas and with all the usual expenses, if you need house ware for a gift, we always have a great selection here at Storeroom at very affordable prices.  Storeroom is open Tuesday to Saturday 10am-4pm, pop in and bag a bargain!

During November our volunteers gave us 731 hours of their own time and without our volunteers we would not be here serving the island community.  They provide such a valuable task force for Storeroom and help with all aspects needed to keep the charity up and running.

Thank you again for all your lovely donations of furniture and household goods and if you were able to gift aid those donations to us, that was very helpful for us – we love it when the taxman has to help us out!  While we’re thanking everyone, we’ve not forgotten our customers!  You too are part of our success and we hope you enjoy your visits here and have found a bargain or two.

Your purchases in November (over 1200 items!) saved over 14,250kgs from being thrown away into our island landfill.  And what does that weight look like – around 492 dining tables!  Imagine all that squashed in the ground in OUR island tip.  Madness.

You may have heard about our Carpentry training courses and we are pleased to say that funding from various sources has paid for 16 people to be invited to the first course, which is fully booked.  We will run another course later in the year and you can find information on the training page of this site.

SOLD in November 2013

SOLD in November 2013

October 2013

We think most of our loyal band of customers has now come to see us at the new premises, they appreciate the FREE parking outside and dryness inside – the roof here doesn’t leak when it rains!  The Saturday opening is popular and is here to stay too.

Our Storeroom volunteer task force donated nearly 850 hours of their time in October and many kind people on the Isle of Wight donated a wide and very useful variety of furniture and other household goods.  Without these two groups of people, Storeroom would not be able to provide a much needed service to those who cannot afford the luxury of buying brand new.

Customers play their part in keeping this Island charity viable too, supporting us by making purchases and the re-use of these items saves so much from going into our island landfill.  In October over 12,000kgs was saved from being squashed into a hole in the ground.  What does 12,000kgs look like?  Well imagine 873 bedside tables instead!

Don’t forget, Storeroom is one of the best places on the island for a wide and affordable selection of pre-loved furniture and household goods, so do come and see us soon!  We are open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-4pm.

We can now offer Gift Aid, so if you telephone to make a donation you will be asked if you wish to make your donation this way.  The government – not you, will make a contribution to us!  If you are a UK tax payer who has paid tax in the last few years you will qualify for the Gift Aid scheme.  All we ask you to do is to sign a form when we collect your donated item/s.  You do not need to do anything yourself.  And if you can’t Gift Aid an item to us, we will happily still accept it thank you very much!

SOLD in October 2013

SOLD in October 2013

September 2013

Our customers are giving us great feedback on our new premises and love the free parking too.  Our Saturday opening is proving popular – don’t forget we are now closed on Mondays though.

Thank you everyone for your donations and purchases – together you are helping to keep Storeroom open for everyone to benefit whether a bargain hunter or someone in need of affordable furniture.

Our volunteer task force gave us well over 500 hours of their time to make it all happen here and without them there would be no Storeroom.  We are so lucky to have such a great group of people to help us and they are all really appreciated.

When you make a purchase at Storeroom, not only does your money help to keep the charity sustainable, but it is also good for our environment as that means unwanted items have not ended up at our island landfill.  In September we together saved over 850 items from going to the tip.  All those items weighed in at nearly 13,000kgs, which is equal to 474 armchairs!

Many of our customers are referred by one of 60 agencies across the island who identify people in need and suggest to them that they visit Storeroom for their furniture and household item purchases.  If you need a referral please approach your Jobcentre, Housing officer, Health professional, Social Services, or if the need is very great try the Isle of Wight Council LAS scheme for assistance.

SOLD in September 2013

SOLD in September 2013

August 2013

What a month that was . . .  On 12 August Storeroom closed for just over a week in order to move premises, which went quite well with only a few things broken or lost!

Our loyal customers have found our new premises and even commented how much nicer they are.  Customers are also pleased with our new opening days of Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm.  The FREE parking is great for everyone too!

The continued support of people donating items to us and making a purchase ensures that this valuable island project stays open for everyone.  Where would those in greatest need be able to affordably purchase a wide variety of household furniture and other goods in one visit and have them delivered just a few days later, if Storeroom were no longer here?

New to Storeroom this month was the Gift Aid process, if you telephone to make a donation you will be asked if you wish to make your donation Gift Aid.  This costs the government – not you!  If you are a UK tax payer who has paid tax in the last few years you will qualify for the Gift Aid scheme.  All we ask you to do is to sign a form when we collect your donated item/s.  You do not need to do anything yourself.

We are always amazed at how committed our volunteers are, we have taken to calling them the Task Force!  In August they gave us nearly 600 hours of their own time to look after our shop and warehouse, help out on the van – and not forgetting helping us with our big move.

All purchases made at Storeroom mean that unwanted or replaced items have not ended up at our island landfill.  August saw over 800 items saved from that ever decreasing hole in the ground.  These items weighed in at nearly 10,500kgs, which is equal to 349 benches!

Remember, re-use rules!

SOLD in August 2013

SOLD in August 2013

July 2013

It has been a bit of a strange month here at Storeroom as we are in the process of changing premises.  You’ll be pleased to hear that everything is going to plan and when I next write this short report, we will be in our new ‘home’!  As always, when you go somewhere new, you want everything to be just right and that is why it is taking some time to get organised.  Remember, until Friday 9th August at 4pm, we can still be found at Bridge Road, Cowes.

Many thanks to all of you who have continued to support us with donations of furniture and household items which are ready for immediate re-use.  Also our thanks to all our many customers whose purchases help us to stay open for everyone, especially helping our referred clients, who are in the greatest need, to affordably purchase items to make their living space more homely and functional for them and their family.

During July our volunteer group gave us over 700 hours of their time.  They do all sorts of things to help at Storeroom, from making a cuppa to helping with deliveries!  Without our volunteer task force, Storeroom would not be here as we receive no funding whatsoever; so pat yourselves on the back, as it’s all down to this little island’s community that we are a success.

As ever, purchases made at Storeroom mean that items have not been sent to the tip.  This is great for our environment!  During July over 900 items were saved and re-used, which is over 11,000kgs or 260 lounge units. Imagine all those squashed into the ground.  How mad is that?

Thank you to everyone who completed our online survey.  The result was 82.7% in favour of our opening days changing from Mon-Fri to Tue-Sat, so that will begin at our new premises.

Don’t forget, Storeroom is one of the best places on the island for a wide and affordable selection of pre-loved furniture and household goods, so come and see us soon!

SOLD in July 2013

SOLD in July 2013

June 2013

Once again our local community has supported each other by donating the items they no longer needed. Storeroom’s volunteer group has helped keep everything together by assisting in our shop, in the warehouse, on the vans and in the office. These wonderful people gave over 600 hours of their time and we couldn’t manage without them all.

Customers are still coming in to see what bargains they can find at Storeroom and many people in need are still being referred to us by one of 60 agencies across the island. In June over 900 items were purchased which equals over 11,000kgs of tonnage which didn’t go to our island tip – and to help you image that weight as furniture, think of 408 chests of drawers.

We have a new survey for you to take a look at – please use the link at the top of the home page on our website – just one question – it concerns two choices of opening days we are considering.

We look forward to seeing you soon for your pre-loved bargains! Currently we are open Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm. Don’t forget we advertise lots of items on http://www.wightgoods.co.uk search for Storeroom2010 on their home page.

SOLD in June 2013

SOLD in June 2013

May 2013

Thank you everyone!  Your donations and purchases of household items enabled Storeroom to keep its doors open to all.  Our volunteers play a huge role in this service too.  Without them Storeroom wouldn’t be here . . . During May our volunteers gave us nearly 600 hours of their own time to keep things running smoothly in the shop and warehouse and of course, behind the scenes too.

Our super and very loyal customers purchased around 750 items which amounts to over 10,500kgs in tonnage.  By everyone trying to re-use items rather than just throwing them away, it hopefully saves our tip from being filled up quite so quickly.  So as you can better imagine that weight, it is equivalent to about 285 small sofas being squashed into the ground!

We have recently added the results and comments from our customer survey to this website.  Please see the link on the home page.

Don’t forget!  Storeroom is still one of the cheapest places on the island to buy your secondhand furniture, so why not pop over and have a look round?  We are open Monday to Friday, 10am – 4pm.  See you soon?

April 2013

At last spring is here and you all seem to have been busy having a sort out!  We have been offered a wide selection of furniture and other household goods you no longer need and you’ll be pleased to know everything has been put to good use at Storeroom.

Our customers have been so delighted to find so many bits and pieces they need for their homes that they have bought over 1000 items this month!  Your donations and purchases help to keep Storeroom a going concern and we continue to offer a useful service to the general public and especially to people in need, who are referred to us by one of 60 agencies across the Isle of Wight.

All those purchases amounted to over 11,000kgs which was re-used rather than taken to our island tip.  It’s difficult to imagine 11,000kgs so instead try to visualise 315 small sideboards!

Helping Storeroom this month were our wonderful group of volunteers; they happily gave us over 450 hours of their own free time, looking after the shop and warehouse and helping on the vans with collections and deliveries too.  They are the reason Storeroom can stay open for everyone, as without them the running costs would be unmanageable.

March 2013

Well done everyone!  Despite the cold and generally nasty weather many of you came to see us at Storeroom and made a purchase or two.  Many of you also donated items to us.  Thank you all so much for helping to keep this valuable service available for our island community.

We have been carrying out a customer survey recently in our shop and online; we are really overwhelmed by the kind comments we have received.  We plan to publish the results on our website.

Well, how did we all do last month?  Nearly 10,000kgs of furniture and other household items (about the same weight as 400 bookcases!) did not go to the tip as they were re-used (re-use rules!).

Our volunteers were busy as always helping the customers, keeping everything neat and tidy around the shop and warehouse or were out on the vans collecting and delivering items.  They kindly gave us nearly 550 hours of their time during the month and we really could not manage without them.

February 2013 

Thank you ever so much for your kind custom this month and for all of your brilliant donations of furniture and household items. You have helped to keep this island charity open to everyone!

During February, with your help, we saved nearly 10,000kgs (made up from over around 900 items, big and small) from going to the tip. Just so you can imagine this amount of furniture, it is about the same as 367 chests of drawers!

All this would not have happened if it wasn’t for our fabulous volunteers who gave us over 450 hours of their time this month.

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

January 2013

Thank you for your custom this month and all your wonderful donations of furniture and household goods. Your custom and donations have helped keep our premises open for people in need as well as for all the bargain hunters out there!

Our customers purchased nearly 650 items this month which saved around 7800kgs from going to landfill.  It’s difficult to imagine what that would mean – so think of 92 sofa beds instead!

We wouldn’t be able to succeed every month if it wasn’t for our fabulous volunteers. They generously gave us over 500 hours of their time.

January was a cold month here at Storeroom, so if you visit us in February – don’t forget to WRAP UP WARM!

Storeroom is still one of the cheapest places on the idea to buy your secondhand furniture, so why not pop over and have a look round?  We are open Monday to Friday, 10am – 4pm.  See you soon!

December 2012

Christmas is all over now, as is another year.  We look forward to 2013 and hope we all fare better than last year, when quite frankly, times were hard for so many people.

Our charity has survived another year without the luxury of funding and we intend to continue to provide our island community with the best service we can, for as long as we can.

Without our fantastic volunteers we would not be able to open our doors.  They gave us 530 hours of their time this month and did a great job; helping with collections and deliveries and ensuring the smooth running of the shop and warehouse.  If you’ve not yet been to see us you may be surprised at how large our premises are and just what we have to offer.

Also in December we were able to promote the re-use of 723 pieces of furniture and household items.  That amounted to over 7,800kgs which didn’t go to the tip or to make that weight easier to imagine, that would be the same weight as about 270 dining tables!

Don’t forget that we now advertise most of our shop items which are available for sale on http://wightgoods.co.uk/ – regularly showing over 100 items.  We try to keep this information up to date, office time permitting!

Storeroom will re-open on Monday 7th January at 10am and we look forward to seeing everyone then.  Thank you so much for your continued support and Happy New Year to you all!

November 2012

Well, we are all hurtling towards Christmas and everyone has had to rack their brains for gift ideas.  Some of our customers have found books, videos and ornaments to give to family and friends; other customers have found ‘new to them’ furniture for last minute changes to their homes for family get togethers.

Our thanks to all of you because together we have helped re-use 1300 items this month.  That is approximately 11,600kgs that has not ended up in our island landfill.  Or to put it another way, that amount of tonnage would equal 276 large sofas.

Our volunteers, as always, were great!  They gave us nearly 750 hours of their time during the month.  This means we can continue to provide a service to our island community that we would otherwise be unable to offer without their help.

Support agencies across the island are still regularly identifying customers in need to Storeroom and these people/families are benefiting from lower prices of our warehouse furniture stock.  No other furniture re-use charity on the island is part of this scheme as they all have other agendas to fulfill.

We are now advertising plenty of our items for sale on Wightgoods (an island site) please follow the link on our home page to take you there and view our 100 or so adverts.

Please note that Storeroom will be closed for 2 weeks over the festive season, so will be unable to collect or deliver during that period.

October 2012

Thank you everyone for your continued support.  For your donations, for purchases made in our shop and warehouse and to our fabulous volunteer team for their time, over 845 hours in just this month.  Without you all, there would be no Storeroom and our doors would close forever.

We are able respond to most calls with requests for us to pick up donated items within 3 – 5 working days (sooner still in emergencies) and we have often stepped in when other furniture re-use agencies have been unable to help. As always, we are happy to accept most furniture which is ready for immediate re-use, i.e. clean, tidy and not in need of any repair.  If you have something that is ‘as new’ we would be delighted to accept it too!

This month we have together saved over 1200 pieces of furniture and household items from the dreaded tip. That’s well over 12,000kgs and if that was all wardrobes, it would be 220 of them!

September 2012

This was another busy month for us all at Storeroom.  Donated items came thick and fast and you all supported us by purchasing so many things, over 1000 of them, which together weighed approximately 10,500kgs!

All this could not have been achieved without our band of cheerful volunteers who gave us almost 600 hours of their time during September.

Our referred clients were able to find furniture and household goods that helped turn their living spaces into a more comfortable home for a fraction of the cost of buying new.  Thank you so much for helping us to help them.  There are now over 60 support and housing agencies on the island who refer clients in need to Storeroom.

Don’t forget that if you can’t get over to see us you can browse some of our items currently in stock by looking on Wightbay.  We usually have around 100 items advertised.

Ever thought about becoming a volunteer?  If so please contact the manager Nick Miller on 298679 for further information. Even a few hours once a week can make all the difference to this project.

August 2012

Well, we hope you enjoyed a little bit of summer during the school holidays.  Here at Storeroom it was business as usual.  Luckily we had help to keep things running from our great bunch of volunteers, who gave us over 600 hours of their time during the month.

Referred customers and other members of the general public donated and purchased many items from us and our customers had a surprising variety of household furniture and goods to choose from.  We even sold the paddling pool that starred on our Facebook page!

Talking of starring, we have a kitchen table currently on loan to Trinity Theatre, Cowes which is appearing in ‘Calendar Girls’, we also had a selection of furniture in ‘Don’t just lie there, say something’ at Totland Church Hall.  Our furniture is certainly well travelled!

During August we together saved nearly 13,000 kgs (over 1000 items) from being squashed into the ground at the tip.  Well done everyone!

July 2012

A big THANK YOU  to all the kind people who donated furniture and household goods to Storeroom this month.  We are hearing an increasing number of stories from people who have been let down by one of the National Charities who they had originally booked to collect their donation.  Some of the time we were able to help these people out at very short notice when their items were rejected by that agency.

Our customers are still enjoying the wide choice of items at our shop and warehouse premises in Cowes.  We advertise quite a few things on Wightbay too – around 90 of them usually, so if you want to browse online you can.  Unfortunately you do need to visit us to purchase and pay.

An ever increasing number of support agencies on the island are still kindly identifying customers in need to Storeroom, and these people/families are benefiting from lower prices than the general public.  This is exactly how it should be, those of us who can afford to buy at very reasonable second hand prices, can help those who are in need of help.  All purchases made do of course enable Storeroom to stay open and without Storeroom many pieces of furniture and other household goods may well have ended their life at the tip.

This month, with your help, we saved over 11,600kgs (made up from over 900 items big and small) from that fate.  This could not have happened without the help of our wonderful volunteer team who we really cannot thank enough.  They gave us over 500 hours of their free time this month.

June 2012

This month saw the end of our second year of trading without the benefit of any funding to support us.  We have relied solely on the generous donations made by our island community of their unwanted furniture and household items.  These ‘treasures’ have been sold onto the general public at bargain prices and at lower prices still to clients identified as being in need; clients who have been referred to Storeroom by one of over fifty island agencies currently providing support.

Keeping Storeroom open is so important as we often accept items that other agencies cannot, plus we are able to help people in need who would not be able to afford to purchase furniture elsewhere, even through other re-use outlets.

During June we sold nearly 800 items, our volunteer teams in the shop, warehouse and on the vans, were wonderful and they generously gave Storeroom nearly 550 hours of their time in order to make this all happen.

Your purchasing power and commitment to re-use meant that nearly 12,000kgs of furniture and household goods did not get sent to the tip.  Along with the council recycling initiatives begun this year, we are together doing our share to improve the island environment.

If you feel you can help Storeroom2010 as a volunteer, please contact the manager Nick Miller on 298679 for further information.  Even a few hours once a week can make all the difference to this project.

Thank you to all our supporters!

May 2012

We are pleased to say that May was a good month for Storeroom in many ways!

In terms of donations, we are delighted that so many of our island residents did think of us when they had unwanted furniture and household items to pass on.  Every donation made this way to Storeroom helps to keep the doors open to all and this in turn means that Storeroom can continue to provide a choice of cheap furniture to people identified as being in need and reasonably priced furniture to everyone on a budget.

Secondly, our shop and warehouse were busy and we sold around 800 items during the month.  And who did all the hard work?  Why our volunteers of course!  Our team in the shop and the teams helping with collections and in the warehouse, together gave us over 600 hours of their time.  They are awesome!

Those 800 items weighed in at nearly 11,000kgs.  Isn’t re-use a much better idea than everything being squashed into our landfill site?

And lastly, very good news this month, 2 of our volunteers have secured part time employment.  They of course can’t spend quite as much time helping out as before, but maybe you would be interested in becoming a volunteer?  If you have a few hours (or more) that you could spare during the week, please contact Nick Miller on 298679 for further information.

April 2012

Despite the Easter holidays Storeroom had a productive, busy month.  Once again we have made improvements to our shop and warehouse, which keep us running efficiently.  We are able respond to most calls with requests for us to pick up donated items within a few working days (sooner still in emergencies) we have often stepped in when other agencies have been unable to help.  As always, we are happy to accept most furniture which is ready for immediate re-use, i.e. clean, tidy and not in need of any major repair.  It would be nice, but we don’t need perfection!

This month our customers purchased nearly 700 items large and small; these totaled nearly 9100kgs, which otherwise may have ended up at our tip instead of being re-used. Just think what a dreadful shame it would be for all these things to be just cast aside.

To make this all happen our volunteer team, without whom we could not operate, gave us nearly 600 hours of their time in April.  We really can’t thank them all enough. Since separating from Real World Trust, Storeroom continues to operate without any form of funding.  The generosity of this island’s residents in donating their re-usable furniture is key to our success, along with our small team of staff and volunteers, who are outstanding!  We are extremely lucky to have these hard working and caring people on our side.

Daily, clients are being referred to Storeroom by support agencies across the island and in many cases, these people would literally be without any furniture in their homes – Storeroom’s prices, especially reduced to help people identified as being in need, really do make a difference to quality of life when homes can be furnished in an affordable manner.

March 2012

Thank you once again to everyone for your kind donations of furniture and household goods.  A big thank you too for all our customers!  During March you purchased over 1000 items and together we have saved over 11,500kgs from our island landfill by practicing re-use.

As always, our volunteers worked very hard for us – they selflessly gave well over 800 hours of their time to keep the doors at Storeroom open.  No easy task for a stand-alone charity without the benefit of funding.  Can you spare some free time to help out?  If so, please contact the Manager, Nick Miller.

Storeroom prices are low and our delivery fees very reasonable.  In fact they have not changed since we separated from Real World Trust back in July 2010.  People identified as being in need who are referred to Storeroom from one of approximately 50 support agencies currently liaising with us, benefit from a 30% to 50% discount on most furniture prices from warehouse stock.

If you’ve not yet been to visit Storeroom for a browse why not pop over to see us soon?  We have a surprising variety of items in stock and not many people look around and leave without something!  Even if they didn’t think they needed it in the first place . . .  Where else could you find a second hand canteen of cutlery, a sofa, an iron, a bedside cabinet, a coffee table, a duvet, a microwave, a kettle, some towels, a wardrobe and a lounge unit  . . . the list goes on!

February 2012

February has been yet another busy month. Our customers made many purchases – well over 1,000 items left Storeroom for re-use! All that furniture and bric a brac totalled in excess of 12,000kgs; which didn’t just end its days at the tip; instead helped someone make their place more homely. Well done everyone!

As usual our group of volunteers were superb! They cheerfully gave us more than 800 hours of their time and kept Storeroom up and running for the benefit of everyone on this island who needs help with furnishing their home at a discount price.

We are indebted to the kind people who have furniture they no longer need and would rather donate it to Storeroom in order that we can organise its re-use. Some of the many national organisations on the island cannot compare with Storeroom prices, delivery fees or collection facility. We aim to continue in the future with the best customer service we can provide.

New this year are our monthly special offers, please check out the page on this website to see what is available. Also, why not see what we are up to on Facebook too? Go to www.facebook.com/Storeroom2010

January 2012

Another 3 week month for Storeroom, but we have helped lots of people with their purchases; we have also kept the bargain hunters amongst you happy!  Nearly 650 items went out of our doors for re-use, which means that over 8,300kgs did not go to the island landfill.

Re-cycling is on everybody’s minds with the new refuse arrangements now in force and in the last year Storeroom saved over 126,500kgs of unwanted household items from ending their days at the tip.

During January our volunteers worked over 600 hours to keep Storeroom open to all.  We really could not manage without them; so if you have a half day or full day during the week to spare, get in touch and join the team!

Please remember us if you have any household furniture to donate, sorry, but Storeroom cannot clean or repair these items.

As a stand-alone charity we don’t have a huge supporting network to help financially, so every donation and purchase really does make a difference.

December 2011

Considering Storeroom has only been open for 3 weeks this month, we have been quite busy with approx 600 items passing through the shop and warehouse for re-use.  These items weighed a total of just over 9,000kgs.

Our kind hearted volunteer team worked over 550 hours during December to keep Storeroom open for our referred clients and all you bargain hunters out there!  We now have 50 support agencies across the island referring people in need to Storeroom and these customers benefit from a 30% – 50% discount on items from our warehouse stock.

We are sorry if you wanted to donate an item to us over the festive season, as we will be closed until 10am Monday 9th January 2012, but we will be delighted to accept your donations in the New Year.  Please continue to offer us your furniture and household items to keep Storeroom open for everyone..

Best wishes to you all for the festive season.   We look forward to 2012 and with your donations and purchases we can continue to help each other and our island by re-use of serviceable furniture or household items and not letting them end their days at our landfill site.

November 2011

Mostly a busy month again for us all at Storeroom, although the last week was very quiet, due we think, to the new store which opened in Newport.

Over 1000 items passed through Storeroom for re-use and those items weighed in at just over 12,500kgs.  Our wonderful team of volunteers worked nearly 850 hours last month to keep Storeroom open to all; everyone is welcome to come in and look for a bargain!  Over 40 support agencies across the island are referring people in need to Storeroom and these customers benefit from a 30% – 50% discount on items from our warehouse stock.

Storeroom is still operating without any funding whatsoever and your donations and purchases are invaluable in order that we can continue to provide this important service to our island community.  Your unwanted furniture or household items can become someone’s valued possessions.

We are normally open Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm, but will be closing for the Christmas and New Year from 12noon on Friday 23 December 2011 then will re-open at 10am on Monday 9th January 2012.

We wish you all a wonderful Christmas and New Year!  We look forward to 2012 when we hope we can do just that little bit more for our island community and environment.

Please all continue to help each other and remember, re-use rules!

October 2011

October seemed a quiet month for Storeroom, probably due to the half term break and some unseasonably warm weather, which many people enjoyed.   However, now we have had the chance to look at our figures, we can see that Storeroom must’ve been busier during term time than we realised . . .

Re-use of furniture and household items saves a surprising amount from our island landfill.  In October our customers purchased over 900 items, which together weighed  in at nearly 12,500kgs.

You may have spotted Storeroom has 2 vans out and about on the island now.  We have also been able to employ some part time staff; we only wish we could employ more.  Don’t forget that Storeroom would not be able to function without our many kind and helpful volunteers.  Together they worked over 700 hours last month to keep Storeroom open to everyone, whether a referred customer or ‘the man in the street’.

Please come along to our shop and warehouse.  Remember that your custom helps Storeroom to stay open and provide a much needed service for the referred clients who benefit from lower prices.

We are open Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm.  You may be surprised at just what is available; we often are!

Thank you again to all the wonderful people who donate items no longer needed to Storeroom.  Your old possessions all end up very much wanted in new locations and help make another person’s place into something very special – their home!

September 2011

September found us overwhelmed with offers of furniture for our charity and sadly we had to turn some items down.  We hate having to do this, especially when we know those items will be disposed of at the tip, but sometimes we just run out of storage space.

Our shop and warehouse were busy with referred clients and other members of the general public, who together purchased over 800 items for re-use.  That means well over 12,000kgs of perfectly serviceable furniture and other household goods did not go into our island landfill.  If you look at the photo at the top of this page that gives you some idea of what 3,000kgs of furniture looks like.  So, you have all saved 4 times that amount of furniture from the tip.  Thought provoking isn’t it?

Storeroom was joined by some new volunteers this month, who seem to enjoy the time they spend with us and together they helped out for over 900 invaluable hours.

If you’ve not visited our shop yet, please try to find time to pop in and see us soon.  Next month we are losing a couple of volunteers, so if you think you may be able to help, please get in touch.  Thank you everyone for your kind support.

August 2011

This August we were delighted to receive many useful donations of furniture and household items.  Even during a traditionally quiet month, when people are enjoying a break from their usual routine, Storeroom was kept busy!

The shop staff dealt with a large number of customers, many of whom came to Storeroom on recommendation from friends and family.  It’s good to know you are all helping each other to find a bargain and /or make ends meet when funds are short.  All in all, just over 900 items, large and small were purchased, which means you have together saved nearly 13,500kgs of household goods from the dreaded tip.  Re-use is definitely the way forward to save our environment.

Let’s not forget the Storeroom volunteers, as between them they donated almost 750 hours of their time in order to keep this valuable island project up and running.  Without them there would be no Storeroom.

Please continue to support Storeroom in any way you can, purchase, donate or volunteer.  Thank you!

July 2011

During July, the Isle of Wight community donated many useful items of furniture and household goods to Storeroom.  Our referred customers once again had a marvelous selection to choose from and all those intrepid bargain hunters found ‘treasures’ too.

We recorded nearly 800 items purchased, which in turn saved these items from ending their days at the tip, all 12,250kgs of them.   We can all be very proud of this achievement.

The volunteers, as ever, have been wonderful.  They often help out with tasks they don’t enjoy, just to get the work done.  Their invaluable donation to Storeroom was over 600 hours of their time during July.

Storeroom2010 is flourishing and despite the complete lack of funding WE ARE STILL HERE!  Please support Storeroom in any way you can, purchase, donate or volunteer.

June 2011

Once again our island community has given Storeroom the support needed to keep our doors open.  Donated items have kept on coming and so have the customers!  Referred clients have a good choice of items too and usually find just what they need.

This month we had a record number of purchases made – nearly 750 of them, which meant that just under 11,000kgs of household items didn’t end up in our island landfill.  Thank you everyone.

Our volunteers came up trumps again too.  They gave Storeroom nearly 500 hours of their time; without their selfless help, Storeroom could not function.

May 2011 

Despite all those bank holidays Storeroom had a very busy month with collecting your donations and making deliveries.  You may have noticed our sign written van out and about on the island.  All that recycling of unwanted furniture and household items does make a difference as you will see from our figures for the month.

Our customers purchased over 600 items, which saved over 9,500kgs from our island landfill.  Your custom helps Storeroom to stay open and provide a service for the referred clients who benefit from lower prices.  Storeroom still receives no funding and without your donations and custom, Storeroom would cease to exist.

During May our volunteers gave nearly 500 hours of their time to help out.  Huge thanks to them all – again!

April 2011 

Storeroom had another busy month with a wonderful variety of items donated.  Thank you to everyone who chose to recycle unwanted furniture and household items rather than taking them to the tip.

Our customers purchased nearly 600 items, which saved over 8,250kgs from landfill.  This valued custom helped keep our doors open for the referred clients who benefit from lower prices, at a time when they most need help to furnish their homes.

Life is not getting any easier for some of our fellow islanders; we aim to keep our doors open for all.  Thanks go again to our super band of volunteers who cheerfully gave over 500 hours of their time in order to look after the shop, help on the van, tidy the warehouse and generally keep things going!

March 2011

Storeroom has yet again received a steady supply of donations from our Island Community; thereby providing a wide stock of furniture etc to choose from, for referred clients, bargain hunters and charity shop enthusiasts!

During March over 620 items were purchased, thus saving in excess of 10,500kgs from landfill.

Storeroom would not be able to open its doors without the many selfless volunteers who enable this project to keep going.  During March the volunteers between them gave 528 hours of their time.

Thank you everyone for your support during these difficult financial times.  Storeroom is still up and running despite losing funding last summer and hopes to be able to continue offering a service to all members of the island community.

February 2011

During February our furniture stocks were boosted after a small article about Storeroom appeared in the County Press.  Donations flooded in and we have been amazed, yet again, by the generosity of our island community.

February saw in excess of 8500 kgs of furniture and household items (approx 575 of them!) saved from landfill.  Thank you to all who have made purchases from us.

During February our volunteers worked over 500 hours to help keep Storeroom open.  They are all very much appreciated!

Thank you everyone for your continuing support for Storeroom.

January 2011

Storeroom re-opened after the Christmas and New Year break on 10 January.  Our lower than usual tonnage figures reflect the fact we were not trading our normal hours this month.

Once again we have received a wide variety of very useful donations of furniture and household items from our fellow islanders.

January saw nearly of 6500kgs of furniture and household items (approx 400 of them!) saved from landfill.

This month our volunteers worked nearly 250 hours to help keep Storeroom open.  We appreciate them all and acknowledge that without their help Storeroom would have been forced to close its doors last summer.

Please continue to support Storeroom in 2011.

December 2010

At the end of last June it was thought that Storeroom would close due to all funding being withdrawn and this valuable island service would be lost.

Well, we are STILL HERE!  To all the generous islanders who have donated furniture, to the general public and referred clients who make purchases from us, MANY THANKS TO YOU ALL!

December saw in excess of 6600 kgs of furniture and household items (totaling nearly 400!) saved from landfill.

Our volunteers worked nearly 380 hours during the month to keep Storeroom open, without them this charity project would not still be here.

Due to the Christmas closure we were only trading for 17 days this month so not offering our usual opening hours.  From 10th January Storeroom will again be open from Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm.

Please continue to support Storeroom in 2011.  We are led to believe many more people will be in need than ever before because of the current economic climate.

November 2010

Once again our thanks go out to our island community who have donated so many items of furniture and household equipment this month.  Without your help Storeroom would be unable to help the clients referred from over 30 agencies across our island.

In excess of 500 furniture and household items were sold to our customers, which meant that more than 10,000kgs has been saved from landfill this month.

Storeroom2010 could not operate without the volunteers who selflessly give their time every month.  During November the volunteers worked 520 hours to keep Storeroom up and running!

Storeroom2010 does not benefit from any funding whatsoever.

Thank you everyone, for your continuing support.

October 2010

Our thanks go out to our island community who have donated so generously again this month.

Over 360 furniture and household items were sold to our referred clients and general public.  30 agencies across the island are now referring their clients to Storeroom2010.

Over 7500kgs has been saved from landfill by our customers this month.

Storeroom2010 does not benefit from any funding whatsoever.  We are kept going by the generosity and custom of our island community.  However, Storeroom2010 could not operate without the volunteers who selflessly give their time every month.  During October they worked nearly 350 hours to keep us up and running!

Thank you everyone.

September 2010

During September 2010 our island community has donated a huge variety of furniture and household items.  Thank you everyone!

Storeroom2010 sold approximately 300 furniture and household items to referred clients and other members of the general public.

The sold items amounted to over 7000kg that may otherwise have been sent to landfill.

This month our volunteers worked nearly 380 hours for Storeroom2010.  Without their help we would not be able to operate, as funding is no longer available.  Thank you to all our volunteers!

August 2010

During August 2010 our island community continued to donate a variety of furniture and household items.  Thank you everyone for your generosity.

Storeroom2010 sold approximately 212 furniture and household items to referred clients and other members of the general public.

The sold items amounted to just under 5000kg that may otherwise have been sent to landfill.

This month our volunteers worked nearly 400 hours for Storeroom2010.  Thank you everyone!

July 2010

Storeroom2010 sold approximately 250 items to referred clients and other members of the general public.

The sold items weighed in at just less than 6000kg that may otherwise have been sent to landfill.

Thank you to everyone who donated household items for your generosity!

Also a big THANK YOU to our volunteers who worked nearly 500 hours between them during the month.

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