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County Press Friday 6 January 2017

Grants help charity equip people with work skills

Three Island charities that help people get into work have benefited from the Solent Community Grants Programme.

Furniture re-use charity Storeroom2010 was among the recipients.

Chief Executive Nick Miller said: “The majority of those we help have been long tem unemployed, either due to mental or physical health issues or, for most, because of low-level educational achievement.

“We have a high level of male clients looking to become involved with the trades industry, aspiring to achieve qualifications in areas such as plumbing and horticulture.”

He said the charity provided practical experience for people who have little previous work on their CV.

Vectis Housing Association and Learning Links were the other organisations to receive grants.

The latter provides education opportunities and helps employers find prospective workers.

They money, between £10,000 and £30,000 each, came from the Hampshire and IW Community Foundation.

To apply for the next round of grants, go to http://www.hantscf.org.uk/grants

County Press 06 January 2017

County Press 06 January 2017

 

Island Business magazine January/February 2017

Business in the Community Award

Winner: Storeroom2010

Nominated: The Footprint Trust, Wight Warriors Speedway Ltd

Wendy Miller “We are proud and delighted to have achieved this notable award.  The charity has literally risen from the ashes of a project which was to be abandoned due to lack of funding in the summer of 2010 and has grown into a busy charity, which has so far aided 4,700 Isle of Wight households who really needed the option of purchasing affordable furniture for their living space.

The promotion of furniture re-use also helps our environment because less is taken to landfill, most people’s first thought when they have something they no longer need.  Year on year we have seen significant growth in tonnage saved from this fate.

This award represents a lot of hard work and dedication from our marvellous team at Storeroom; the volunteers, staff and trustees have all been very focused on achieving their best at all times for the charity.

Storeroom Education is blossoming; from its first Carpentry & Joinery class back in January 2014, to its suite of accredited courses now available, our courses help many unemployed people to regain their confidence, give them a sense of achievement and enable them to gain a qualification, all of which will help them in their search for paid work.”

Island Business magazine Jan/Feb 2017

Island Business magazine Jan/Feb 2017

 

County Press Friday 30 December 2016

Nine projects have used £80,000 handed out by the IW Foundation over the past year. The Foundation, jointly funded by Ringway Island Roads, Meridiam and Vinci Concessions, has awarded just under a quarter of a million pounds since it launched in 2014.

This year amongst the local projects, Horticulture training was paid for at the charity Storeroom2010.

Staff from Storeroom2010 with Island Roads' traffic management officer Ian Saunders

Staff from Storeroom2010 with Island Roads’ traffic management officer Ian Saunders

 

County Press Friday 9 December 2016

A TOP year for Storeoom2010 has seen the charity secure its future and now win the Business in the Community Award.

The furniture recycling group recently purchased premises in Cowes after securing grants.

Administrator Wendy Miller said: “It’s really exciting to win, its an opportunity to let everyone know about Storeroom2010.

“This year we have made a marvellous step forward by being able to purchase our premises, thanks to Power to Change, which has secured our future.

“The Island really needs this particular charity, there are so many people who cannot afford to buy new furniture”.

She said the support allowed people to make the most of their home and look forward to moving in.

Other nominees: The Footprint Trust, Wight Warriors Speedway Limited

N.B. omitted from Wendy Miller’s quote: –  SASC enabled us to move forwards with our purchase thanks to their loan and their introduction to Power to Change who assisted with a large deposit.

County Press 9 December 2016

County Press 9 December 2016

 

 

County Press Friday 25 November 2016

Unique charity recycles and educates

Storeroom2010 is a furniture re-use charity serving the Island community, which is open to everyone.

It promotes the re-use of furniture and household goods, which not only benefits those who need affordable items for their home, but also saves a huge amount from local landfill.

Support agencies across the Island refer disadvantaged and vulnerable clients to Storeroom, who can then benefit from discounts on many items from the already reasonably priced stock.

In 2015, 5,200 households benefited from Storeroom’s service and 1,900 households donated items that were fit for immediate re-use, saving more than 153,239kgs from landfill – try to imagine nearly 24,000 dining chairs to equal that weight.

This year’s figures are set to significantly exceed last year.

Storeroom would not be here without the help from its wonderful volunteer task force.

Volunteers and work placements from Jobcentre Plus gain valuable work experience at Storeroom and several each year move into paid work.  This is now being realised for the charity’s Education leaners too.

Spare Storeroom monies are channelled into Storeroom Education, providing free or low-cost accredited training to local unemployed people aged 18-65 – it saw 237 learners in 2015.

The Skills Gap project is funded by various trusts both on and off the Island.

County Press 25 November 2016

County Press 25 November 2016

 

 

Island Business magazine September 2016

storeroom-purchase

Island charity Storeroom is now the owner of its premises on Mariners Way in Cowes.  The charity collects donated furniture and sells it at an affordable cost to people across the island.  Storeroom has also developed an Education department that helps disadvantaged people by providing them with accredited skills gap training, such as carpentry and joinery.

Nick Miller, Manager of Storeroom, noted: “There are relatively few buildings that buildings that could serve our needs for the storage and distribution of re-usable furniture on the island.  Having acquired building last year for our Education work, we were delighted to have the support of Social and Sustainable Capital (SASC), Power to Change, Garfield Weston and our solicitors Eldridges to buy the building and secure our future so that we can continue to serve the people of the island”.

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Letter to County Press from Storeroom Manager 22 July 2016

CP letters page 22.07.2016

CP letters page 22.07.2016

From Nick Miller, Storeroom2010 Cowes:

Further to Emily Pearce’s story (CP,15-07-16) re: Storeroom’s recent funding success, a grant of £80,000 was received from Power to Change, along with a smaller grant from Garfield Weston Foundation.

Storeroom added money from its own reserves and this money assisted with the purchase of the premises at 1 Mariners Way, for which Storeroom now has a £364,000 loan from SASC.

 

County Press 15 July 2016

County Press 15.07.16

County Press 15.07.16

More than £444,000 funding has helped a poverty-tackling Island charity secure its future.

Storeroom 2010 collects donated furniture and sells it at affordable prices to those who need it.  The charity also has an education department that trains disadvantage people in trades such as carpentry and joinery.

It was given a new lease of life by Nick and Wendy Miller, who stepped up to run the charity when previous funds for the project stopped and have steered the purchase of it new headquarters at Mariner’s Way, Cowes.

They secured a £364,000 loan from social investor Social and Sustainable Capital (SASC), an £80,000 grant from Power to Change, which specialises in supporting community businesses, and cash from the Garfield Weston Foundation.

Nick said: “There are relatively few buildings that could serve our needs for the storage and distribution of reusable furniture.  Having acquired the adjacent building last year for our education work, we were delighted to have the support to buy the building and secure our future.”

SASC managing director Ben Rick said: “We are very pleased to have supported Nick and Wendy to buy the building at Mariner’s Way.  This investment will enable them to continue to tackle poverty on the Island, preserve the environment  by reducing landfill and decrease the levels of unemployment through effective training.”

Interim chief executive of Power to Change, Marie Staunton, described Storeroom as a ‘fantastic example of a community business in action’ that benefited Island people and the economy.

  • Storeroom is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm.

General Press Release July 2016

Press release - Storeroom 12 Jul 16

Storeroom is an island charity dedicated to helping island people.

Storeroom2010 was given a new lease of life by Nick & Wendy Miller when previous funding for the project ceased. The charity collects donated furniture and sells it at an affordable cost to people across the island. Storeroom has also developed an Education department that helps disadvantaged people by providing them with accredited skills gap training, such as carpentry and joinery.

Storeroom spoke with the social investor Social and Sustainable Capital (SASC) to undertake a major project to purchase its premises on Mariner’s Way. After significant effort from all sides, including major grant support from Power to Change of £80,000, unlocking a SASC loan of £364,000, as well as raising a Garfield Weston Foundation grant, the trustees and team of Storeroom are proud to confirm the purchase has been completed, to secure Storeroom’s future.

Ben Rick, Managing Director of SASC, commented: “We are very pleased to have supported Nick and Wendy to navigate the journey to buy the building at 1 Mariner’s Way. SASC’s investment, along with support from our partners at Power to Change and also Garfield Weston, will enable them to continue to tackle poverty on the island, preserve the environment by reducing landfill, and decrease the levels of unemployment through effective training.”

Marie Staunton, Interim CEO of Power to Change, said: “Storeroom is a fantastic example of a community business in action. The project was revived by Nick and Wendy and benefits the whole island community by providing affordable furniture, Storeroom helps improve people’s quality of life, boosts the local economy and now offers the opportunity to develop practical skills such as joinery and carpentry, through accredited training. It’s really great news that our support along with that of our partners has helped Storeroom to purchase these premises so vital to their future.”

Nick Miller, Manager of Storeroom, noted: “There are relatively few buildings that could serve our needs for the storage and distribution of re-usable furniture on the island. Having acquired the adjacent building last year for our Education work, we were delighted to have the support of SASC, Power to Change, Garfield Weston and our solicitors Eldridges to buy the building and secure our future so that we can continue to serve the people of the island.”

The date of completion earlier this month was auspicious, coinciding with Storeroom’s 6th birthday. The charity is open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10am to 4pm.

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Style of Wight – May/June 2016

Style of Wight May-June 2016

Situated in the heart of Cowes is Storeroom2010, the Island’s leading furniture re-use charity, who have operated successfully without the benefits of statutory funding since June 2010.

Relying solely on furniture donations from Island residents, which otherwise might have been taken to the landfill site not only enables disadvantaged families to affordably furnish their homes, but also allows Island residents to recycle. Landfill sites are filling up far too fast, emitting harmful chemicals and greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere, having an incredibly negative impact on the environment. In response to this crisis, Storeroom2010 pride themselves on protecting and preserving the environment by encouraging re-use/recycling of donated furniture and household goods.

2015 was a monumental year for the charity, they assisted with the re-use of approximately 153,250kgs of furniture, saving this from our island landfill.  It’s difficult to imagine that weight, so think of 23,944 average dining chairs instead!  Still not easy is it? 2015 also saw nearly 1,900 households donate their reusable, but unwanted furniture and other household goods to the small, independent charity. This generosity enabled more than 5,200 households to benefit from affordable items which helped to make their living space into a home, improve their quality of life and keep their dignity.

Finally, a new premises was opened to house ‘Storeroom Education, with an innovative addition to their existing education department to provide professional courses in Teaching, Management & Leadership, Information, Advice & Guidance and Customer Service. They also offer free courses for the unemployed, including accredited NOCN Construction courses (in preparation for application for CSCS card in order to work on building sites) and Emergency First Aid At Work (Health & Safety Executive approval) which was very popular with people looking for a career in care.

The most important point to remember about Storeroom is that their doors are open to everyone. They are always grateful of the assistance that volunteers provide to ultimately strive to tackle poverty and unemployment through providing help to those who need it. Most recently in March 2016, over 170 households donated items and 15,600kgs were re-used rather than being taken to our Island landfill!

Storeroom, an island charity dedicated to helping island people

Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-4pm, FREE parking right outside

1 Mariners Way, Cowes, PO31 8PD – Tel:01983 298679 – http://www.storeroom.org.uk

County Press – 18 March 2016

County Press 18.03.2016

Storeroom Education, part of furniture charity Storeroom2010, is celebrating the start of its third year of successfully providing accredited qualifications and day activities on the IW.

The education department provides around 300 qualifications per year plus activities to build skills and support confidence in a flexible and supportive environment.

The first course, in January 2014, was a Level 1 carpentry and joinery course.  This has now been successfully run nine times and has led to the development and availability of 12 different courses and activities.

There are work-related courses in first aid, health and safety in construction, and food hygiene.  Professional courses in teaching, verifying customer service, and leadership and management provide higher level qualifications, starting at Level 3.

There are activities in plumbing, street art, metal creations and arts and crafts.

New from April 2106 are activities in digital marketing for small businesses, and later in the year plumbing will become a trade course.

All courses and activities are highly discounted, starting at £10 a day.  Some free courses and activities are provided for the unemployed.

Easy payment plans are available for the professional courses (AET teaching and verifying courses remain at £275 this year).

 

County Press – 9 October 2015

County Press 09 October 2015

County Press 09 October 2015

Adults will find much to engage with at Storeroom Education.

Storeroom Education has been developing education and activities for 18 months.

It is committed to community involvement and engagement for all adults, of any age.

There are courses in trades for beginners, activities for fun and professional courses for career progression.

All courses and activities are concessional, with some free to the unemployed and heavily discounted for everybody.

So, if you would like to train for a better future, want to retrain at 50, are happy in your job but hoping for progression or simply want to take part in some fun activities, Storeroom Education will have something to suit you.

For contact details see the advert below.

County Press 09 October 2015

County Press 09 October 2015

County Press – 17 July 2015

County Press 17 July 2015

County Press 17 July 2015

 

Island Business Magazine – July 2015

Island Business Magazine - July 2015

Island Business Magazine – July 2015

 

IWCF Annual Review – 2014 – released June 2015

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County Press – 26 June 2015

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County Press – 29 May 2015

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County Press – 22 February 2015

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County Press – 23 January 2015

NEW for 2015, Cowes-based charity Storeroom2010, is introducing a range of courses, aimed at professionals, to cover management and leadership, information, advice, guidance and customer service.

More courses will be added throughout the year.

All Storeroom2010 courses are competitively priced and have additional modules tailored to its clients requirements.

Storeroom2010 continues to provide its popular courses in carpentry and joinery, as well as health and safety in construction. The health and safety course is now a requirement for labourers and operatives wanting to start or continue working on a site.

Priced at just £79, the health and safety in a construction environment course is available during the week and at evening classes.

Students will still need to have a separate Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) test after the course has been completed.

Wendy Miller, from Storeroom2010, said: “Thanks to our generous funders we can still offer free courses for unemployed Islanders.

“We are also planning additional trade specific courses this year, to cover accreditation in plumbing and electrical.”

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County Press – 10 October 2014

Dedicated to helping Island people through its furniture re-use charity, Storeroom2010 also puts lots back into the community by way of its practical training courses.

Thanks to funding received from many charitable trusts, Storeroom can provide free training to unemployed Islanders over the age of 18, designed to help them into trade-based employment.

Nick Miller, Storeroom manager, said: “We are continuing to seek further funding to make more training available, fill skills haps and keep employment on the Island, which in turn will aid our community.”

To date, four NOCN Level 1 construction crafts carpentry and joinery courses have been run at Storeroom’s Cowes Premises in Somerton Business Park.

Many learners have already completed the health and safety in a construction environment course as part of the new Construction Industry Training Board requirements.

Storeroom also offers course for employed labourers who need to take or renew the health and safety in construction course in order to meet site requirements.

A special price of just £79 is available until the end of this month and includes one-to-one support, assessment and your certificate.

Storeroom also offers employment advice, by appointment only, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, or on Friday mornings.

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A woodwork class at Storeroom2010, Cowes, with, at the front, from left, tutor Ben Flynn, Chris Wain and Kirstie Barrett.

 

County Press – 3 October 2014

Island charity Storeroom2010 is offering a free carpentry and joinery course to unemployed Islanders aged 18 and over.

Storeroom2010, based in Cowes, offers reused furniture to Islanders who need it , as well as selling on furnishings at affordable prices through Wightbay and Wightgoods.

It was founded in 2000, and survives on the goodwill and donation of charities, co-ops and the Island community.

They are currently offering places on a course in NOCN level 1 certificate in construction crafts – carpentry and joinery (QCF).  The  course is free but applications will only be accepted if you are currently unemployed.

Students will develop joinery skills, learn about health, safety and welfare in construction, learn how to produce woodworking joints, have an introduction to environmental sustainability and more.  The course is taught two days a week – either Tuesdays and Wednesdays or Thursdays and Fridays – for 16 weeks, which includes careers advice.

To contact course convenor Sue Wendes for more information, contact Storeroom Education by telephone at 07711 568098, or by e-mail at educo.storeroom@yahoo.co.uk.

Funding comes from Coutts Charitable Trust, Albert Hunt Charitable Trust, Santander Foundation, Daisie Rich Trust, Southern Co-operative (Cowes Terminus Road, Store) 29th May 1961 Charitable Trust, Ellis Campbell Foundation, Hilden Charitable Trust, Awards for All, Yorkshire Building Society and The Tom Langton Fund.

 

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Island Business Magazine – September issue

Chamber Business Breakfast networking event – interview

SUE WENDES, EDUCATIONAL CO-ORDINATOR AT THE STOREROOM

I’m new to the organisation and we’re diversifying, moving into training aimed at unemployed people and businesses that want to invest in their staff.  We do have a significant skills gap on the Island.  In the building and construction industry we’ve discovered that workers are being brought across from the mainland and we’re beginning to fill that gap.  We will have Island people available for employment, keeping that money on the Island.  We run roll-on, roll-off courses throughout the year, where anyone can start at any time.  We’ve just started Health and Safety in the Construction Environment.  We’re also running a course of carpentry and joinery over 16 weeks.  We’re looking at running building, plumbing and electrical courses by the end of the year.  We are a charity and we’re not looking to make a profit out of this.  We’re keen to talk to businesses about delivering bespoke training for employers who have gaps in their staffing structure.

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Island Business Magazine – July issue

Island furniture re-use charity Storeroom has appointed an Educational Co-ordinator and wants to engage with more Island businesses.  Sue Wendes will work directly with employers who are looking for specific skills, developing educational programmes which are supported by the European Social Fund and Skills Funding Agency.

“It’s an exciting new direction for us,” says Nick Miller, Manager at the Cowes based charity.  “We’re providing ‘skills gap’ training.   On the Island there is a serious lack of young qualified people to take up posts in industries like building and engineering.  We will co-ordinate with businesses on the island to find out what they need, and tailor our training to suit.  We’re running a Health and Safety  course this month, for all would-be labourers and those up for renewal, with free places for those who are unemployed.”

Island Business July 2014

County Press – 31 May 2014

A £3,000 boost has been given to a furniture re-use charity that also provides training opportunities for unemployed people on the island.

Storeroom2010 is a Cowes-based charity, which provides inexpensive, second-hand furniture and runs carpentry courses for those out of work.

Nick Miller of the charity, said: ” The IW already suffers disproportionately high unemployment and local building firms have resorted to sourcing some of their workforce from the mainland.

“Storeroom2010 is fully committed to addressing this shortfall of usable skills on the Island and helping residents into long-term employment.”

The £3,000 grant came from the Monday Trust, after an application to the Hampshire and IW Community Foundation, which gave the funding through Comic Relief.

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Island Magazines – Newport April 2014

YOU can help to make a significant difference to waste disposal on the Island. Think about all those furniture items that we take to the landfill site, but which could in fact be re-used. We’ve all done it, as it seems the easier option – but Storeroom2010 may be able to help by offering FREE collection of suitable items. These are then offered to island residents at low cost and to people in need (referred to Storeroom by one of 50 support agencies across the island) at a further discount.

Based on the Somerton Estate, 1 Mariners Way, Cowes, Storeroom2010 has a large warehouse and shop; both are open to the general public and there is always something new to see as donations arrive on a daily basis. FREE parking right outside too!

Storeroom2010 is open Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 4pm and you can view a variety of items from their stock on www.wightgoods.co.uk. Check out Storeroom’s website at www.storeroom.org.uk for further details about the work they do for our island community, including carpentry training courses; or better still, pop along to their premises to see all the bargains.

Island Magazine - Newport April 2014

 

County Press 28 February 2014 – Business news section

Carpentry courses for jobless

Carpentry courses are being offered by an Island charity for those who are unemployed.

Storeroom2010 in Cowes, has a fully equipped training room, which has been built specially to teach a NOCN level 1 qualification in carpentry and joinery.

The first course started last month, training 16 unemployed people.

Funding has been secured from a number of sources, including the Southern Co-operative, in Cowes, and the National Lottery Fund.

The charity also runs a furniture reuse facility and has volunteer placements.

Beacon Magazine – March 2014

Beacon March 2014

Thanks to financial help from a variety of funding sources local charity, Storeroom in Cowes commenced the first of several carpentry courses for unemployed Islanders.

As a result 16 unemployed people are being given the opportunity to work towards a NOCN Level 1 Qualification in Carpentry and Joinery.

There is a fully equipped training room specifically for the purpose at the Storeroom premises.  A variety of funders both on and off the Island have contributed to the funding of the courses, including: Awards for all; Hedley Foundation; Santander Foundation; Coutts charitable Trust; Albert Hunt Trust; Daisie Rich Trust; Hilden Charitable Fund; 29th May 1961 Charitable Trust; Ellis Campbell Foundation and two local Masonic funds.

Storeroom is an Island charity that collects items of reusable furniture then offers it at low cost to the Island community who are not able to furnish their own homes with new items.  Furniture donated by island residents may otherwise have been taken to the landfill site, so this also minimises impact on the environment.  Storeroom offers Island residents this recycling opportunity to really help their community and the environment.

County Press – 21 February 2014

CP 21.02.14

Storeroom2010 is a furniture re-use charity, operating without the benefit of funding and relying on the goodwill of the Island community to donate furniture and household goods, which are ready for immediate re-use.

These items are then sold on to the public at very reasonable prices and are available at a further discount to people who have been identified as being in need by support agencies across the island.

Storeroom2010 is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-4pm.  Free parking outside.

County Press – 20 December 2013

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Foundation gift

Storeroom2010, the charity furniture warehouse and shop, in Cowes, has received a gift.

A £100 cheque was received by the Yorkshire Building Society’s Charitable Foundation at Hose Rhodes Dickson estate agents.

The presentation was part of the foundation’s Make a Difference Week, where members choose a charity to support.

County Press – 22 November 2013

Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce Business Awards – Storeroom2010 nominated for Social Investment Award

Storeroom2010, which collects unwanted furniture around the Island and sells it at affordable prices, evolved from Real World Trust (RWT) Storeroom, originally set up in 2000 with funding from various sources

In 2010, due to lack of future funding, it was scheduled for closure.  But Nick Miller, Storeroom manager since its inception in 2000, was not prepared to see this valuable Island resource lost and so a new strategy was devised, to make Storeroom self sufficient.

Three years on, Storeroom is a registered charity and a limited company.  It has succeeded in becoming a successful project in its own right, without the benefits of funding.

Storeroom was originally set up to serve only clients ‘under support’ across the Island but, since the split with RWT, now opens its doors to everyone and has three vans covering the whole Island, four days a week, delivering and collecting donations of furniture and household items, including white goods.

Around 60 agencies refer clients in need to Storeroom and last year more than 520 families were referred.  Sadly, this figure rises every year.  Where else can people go to purchase badly needed items of furniture, which are delivered to their homes just a few days later?

Recently, the idea of providing training for young people in the Island community became something Storeroom felt would be good to progress and funding has been achieved to assist with this.

Storeroom is in the final stages of becoming an NOCN accredited centre and the first course will start in January.

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County Press – 18 October 2013

£25,000 to help with food and furniture

A total of £25,000 has been donated to two IW charities by the Co-operative, in Cowes.  The money has been split in half between the IW Foodbank and Storeroom.  The Foodbank provides emergency food supplies, while Storeroom offers furniture to those who cannot afford their own.

This is the largest cash gift the Foodbank has received since opening two years ago.  Project manager Hannah King said: “We are blown away by this gift.  Such a generous cash donation means we can purchase a reliable vehicle, which we badly need to reach our seven distribution centres across the Island.”

The Co-operative, on Terminus Road, has been raising money since April last year via its community support card.  The manager, Nathaniel Dunkley, said: “We encourage customers to have one of these cards and then a percentage of each sale goes towards the charities.”

The Co-operative also gave the charities an opportunity to come into the store and raise money and awareness by manning stalls and bag packing.  The Storehouse (Storeroom!) will use part of the money towards its recent removal costs to the Somerton Industrial Estate.  The remainder will fund entry-level carpentry lessons, for disadvantaged people.  Wendy Miller, administrator at Storehouse (Storeroom!) said: “We are delighted.  We operate without funding and its not easy to achieve anything.”

County Press 18.10.13

Island Business – September 2013

Moving Experience

Island charity Storeroom has just completed what could qualify as the ultimate house removal.

It has moved around 7,500 square feet of second hand furniture from its old premises at Medina Village to Mariners Way, at Somerton Park.

The move coincides with a change in opening hours, which means the premises will now be open 10am to 4pm, Tuesday to Saturday.

Wendy Miller said: “Our other good news is that we have achieved funding to run some basic carpentry courses.  These are aimed at younger people, but open to all.  The courses will lead to OCN Level 1 qualification, which would be a positive for their CV and help build their confidence.

“We find this has often been eroded for a large sector of our long term unemployed, and especially for younger people who have never yet found work”.

Island Business Sep 2013

County Press – Friday 30th August 2013 – Village Talk Column

I mentioned in last week’s column the Storeroom charity was moving to new larger premises in Cowes.  To find just what it does, I went along to its new site at Somerton, and met administrator Wendy Miller.

She told me it was born out of another charity, Real World Trust that helped people with drugs and alcohol problems.  On many occasions, people were given somewhere to live without any furniture; the result, they often returned to old friends and habits.

Storeroom opened in Bridge Road in 2010 but quickly outgrew its space.  The new building which is rented, has 6,900 sq ft of space on two floors.

Wendy said: “Storeroom collects items of reasonable furniture then offers it at a low cost to the Island community who cannot furnish their own homes with new items.”  I asked how on earth she priced the items. “Years of practice,” she said.  Portable electrical devices are also accepted, these can be tested on site.

Those clients who have been referred, can make saving of 30 to 50 per cent on purchases made.  Wendy concluded by saying “We are an Island charity dedicated to helping Island people”.

Storeroom is now located at 1 Mariners Way, Cowes, on the Somerton Industrial estate, opening Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm, phone 298679, e-mail, nicksstoreroom@yahoo.co.uk

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County Press – Friday 19th April 2013

Charities to benefit from in-store scheme

Shoppers have been urged to back a £25,000 fundraising effort in aid of two Island charities.

The Southern Co-operative hopes to raise the cash by the end of June through a community support card scheme at its Cowes store.  The cash would go to the Cowes Youth forum and Storeroom2010.

The appeal, which has been running throughout the year, is driven by customers but does not cost anything to support.

Store manager Nathaniel Dunkley said: “Our community support card scheme is a great way for charities and organisations to raise thousands of pounds with the backing of our customers.  The recipients are chosen by a panel made up of Co-operative members, and customers show their support by presenting a card, which we issue free in the store, and having this swiped every time they shop here”.

Cowes Youth Forum intends to use its £12,500 to fund events and facilities for young people while Storeroom2010, which recycles household furniture and sells it on at low cost to people in need, will use its share to teach carpentry skills to unemployed Islanders.

County Press 19.04.2013

The Advertiser – March 2013

Making your old furniture useful

Storeroom2010 is an Island charity dedicated to helping Island people.  They have a large warehouse and shop on Bridge Road, Cowes, which is open to everyone Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm.

Staffed mainly by volunteers, this charity promotes the re-use of furniture and household items; thereby helping people to affordably furnish their homes and giving those who have furniture they no longer need, a place and good cause to donate it to, rather than that trip to the tip!

In 2012 over 130,000kgs of furniture and household items were re-used via Storeroom, which helps to minimise impact on the Island environment.

Currently there are around 60 support agencies on the Island referring people they have identified as being in need to Storeroom.

These customers can then benefit from a further discount on a wide selection of the already attractively priced furniture and household goods and help make their living space more like a home.

Storeroom is just round the corner from the floating bridge, but if you can’t visit them and have a query or an item to donate (which they collect FREE of charge), you can telephone them on 298679 – they have an answer-phone out of hours.  Also there is an informative website at www.storeroom.org.uk or you can visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Storeroom2010 for a lighter view of life at this busy charity.

The Advertiser March 2013

East Cowes & Whippingham Island Magazine – March 2013

The Storeroom is an island charity dedicated to helping island people.

We are all used to our recycling wheelie bin, which is making a significant difference to waste disposal on the Island.  Now it’s time to step up the game and think about all those furniture items that we take to the landfill site, but which could in fact be re-used.  We’ve all done it, as it seems the easier option – but Storeroom2010 may be able to help by collecting suitable items, which are ready for immediate re-use (compliant with Fire Safety in the case of soft furnishings) and recycle them.  These household items are offered to residents of the island at low cost and to people in need (who are referred to Storeroom by one of 60 support agencies across the island) at a further discount.  This helps families to furnish their homes for a fraction of the price compared to purchasing new furniture.

Based in Bridge Road, Cowes, Storeroom2010 has a large warehouse and shop; both are open to the general public and there is always something new to see as donations arrive on a daily basis.

Storeroom2010 is open Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm and you can also see a variety of items from their stock advertised for sale on www.wightgoods.co.uk.  Check out Storeroom’s website at www.storeroom.org.uk for further details or pop along to their large warehouse and shop to see the wide range of goods on offer.

They also have a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Storeroom2010.

East Cowes & Whippingham Island Magazine March 2013

Cowes Magazine – September 2012

It seems we have all got used to using our recycling wheelie bin, which is making a significant difference to waste disposal on the Island.  Now it’s time to step up the game and rethink about all those furniture items that we take to the landfill site and which could in fact be re-used.  We’ve all done it, as it seems the easier option – but Storeroom2010 may be able to help by collecting suitable items of reusuable furniture (compliant with Fire Safety in the case of soft furnishings) and recycle them, thereby ensuring these items are offered to residents of the Island at a lower cost and helping families furnish their whole house at a fraction of the price compared to purchasing new furniture.

Based in Bridge Road, Cowes, Storeroom2010 has a warehouse and shop; both are open to the general public to browse products at leisure.  I think many people will be surprised at some of the jewels that can be found amongst the furniture, white goods and assorted household items, and the saying ‘one man’s rubbish is another man’s treasure’ springs to mind when searching for that special piece to make your living space into a proper home.

Storeroom2010 is open Monday to Friday 10am-4pm and you can also see a variety of items from their stock advertised for sale on Wightbay.  Go to their website at www.storeroom.org.uk for further details or pop along to their large warehouse and shop to see the wide range of goods on offer.

Style of Wight – May/June 2012

If you don’t have any furniture on which to practice then check out my two favourite haunts (but please keep it a secret, I don’t want everybody going there!).  The Storeroom is near the floating bridge in Cowes.  Don’t be fooled by the tiny frontage, this is an enormous Aladdin’s cave of used furniture, with a handy back entrance where you can load that reasonably priced retro sideboard into your car.

County Press – 8 June 2012

Fun way to launch community scheme

A family fun day to launch the new Community support Card scheme at the Cowes Co-operative store took place at Cowes Yacht Haven.

The event featured live music from Stu Collins, Jack Gorman and EnglandE, as well as plenty of entertainment for youngsters, including a bouncy castle, face painting and penalty shoot-out competition.

The highlight of the day was provided by the Wight Pirates with their re-enactments, along with Viking re-enactments.

The Community Support Card is now raising money for Cowes Youth Forum and Storeroom2010.

It works by Southern Co-operative donating funds to the scheme every time a customer has their special green community card swiped when they shop.

The target amount to raise, which will be split between the good causes, is £25,000.

Last time around, the 2nd Cowes St Mary’s sea scouts and Cowes Sports Football Club were the beneficiaries.

County Press – 25 May 2012

Fun day for good cause

A family fun day, with live music, children’s games and pirate re-enactments, will be held at Cowes Yacht Haven, on Sunday, from noon to 3pm.

The free event has been organised by the Co-operative supermarket, to relaunch its community support card scheme.

The card is being reintroduced at the Cowes store, to raise money for the Cowes Youth Forum and Storeroom2010.

Card-carrying customers have helped the supermarket raise £25,000 for 2nd Cowes Sea Scouts and Cowes Sports Football Club.

County Press – 18 May 2012

Donate your goods for charity to sell on.  Cowes is home to a charity that helps people in need to furnish their homes.

Storeroom in Bridge Road, supplies low-cost furniture and other household items.

The charity was set up in 2004 as part of the Real World Trust, a charity that helped people overcome drug and alcohol addictions and build new lives.

Two years ago, the Storeroom project became independent and self-funding.  It is now run by a team of six staff, with the help of 20 volunteers.  The manager is Nick Miller.

The charity accepts donations of items that are ready for immediate re-use.  These are sold to members of the public and to clients who are referred by 50 Island agencies.

Items for sale at the Storeroom range from tables, chairs, wardrobes, bed and lounge suites, to curtains, kettles, pots and pans.  The charity arranges collection of donated furniture, usually within 5 working days.

Beacon – April 2012

Storeroom2010 is an island charity dedicated to helping island people.  Our charity warehouse and shop is open to everyone; Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm.  Thanks to last year’s generous donations of furniture and other household items, Storeroom was able to help approximately 350 disadvantaged families with furnishing their homes; as clients with referrals from IOW support agencies benefit from further discounts.  Last year furniture re-used, rather than just being thrown away, saved over 126,500kgs from our island’s landfill, so this benefits our environment too.

Island Business Magazine January/February 2012

Storeroom2010 collects reusable furniture from those who don’t want it and offers it to those who do.

In the past, furniture and household goods were given to disadvantaged people referred by Island support agencies. When funding ended 18 months ago, the organisation began generating its own income by selling at higher prices to the general public and has never looked back.

Led by husband and wife team, Nick and Wendy Miller, Storeroom2010 is not just helping people in need, it is also reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfill.

Last month alone it sold around 12.500 kilos of furniture and household goods that would otherwise have been dumped – equivalent to filling its showroom four times over.

Nick founded Storeroom ten years ago working out of a van. He said ‘We are busier than ever. Forty agencies on the island refer clients to us and we are at the moment seeing around 50 new clients each month, ranging from young families to elderly people.

‘The economic climate is certainly causing problems for many on the Island and we are seeing the divide between rich and poor getting deeper. A lot of people are not accessing the benefits because the support system has been affected by cutbacks and that is having an effect too.

‘We lost our funding 18 months ago and it was the start of a new era for us. We now have 20 volunteers and three part timers. Funding is marvellous, but it can easily be withdrawn too, so I prefer it this way’.

Storeroom2010 recently joined the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce because it is keen to build links with businesses that may help keep up the supply of furniture.

‘We do get furniture from a wide range of businesses, including kitchen fitters, estate agents and furniture retailers, but we would love to build a bigger network’ Nick said.

Island Business Magazine November/December 2011

The Storeroom project is a proactive charitable organisation priding itself on its strong sense of community spirit.  Storeroom collects items of reusable furniture (compliant with Fire Safety in the case of soft furnishings) then offers it at low cost to the Island community who are not able to furnish their own homes.

Furniture donated by Island residents may otherwise have been taken to the landfill site, so this also minimises the impact on the environment.  Storeroom offfers island residents this recycling opportunity to really help their community and environment.

Storeroom was previously awarded funding from DEFRA (Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) and is actively seeking to forge links with other local businesses with a view toward reducing landfill by recycling useable items that otherwise might be discarded.

County Press 18 November 2011

Helping hand for IW families

For more than ten years, Storeroom has helped thousands of Island families get back on their feet by offering quality second-hand furniture and household goods at affordable prices, helping to improve living standards and quality of life.

April 2010 was a difficult time for many of the Island’s support agencies and the Real World Trust and Storeroom project, with others, had to draw back and re-group.  Now, two years down the line, the Real World Trust is still going strong, as is the Storeroom, regardless of funding being withdrawn.

More good news is that Storeroom, is now open to everyone, not just referred clients.

Storeroom, based in Cowes, is run by a team of kind-hearted volunteers, managed by Nick Miller.

‘A huge thank you must go to our volunteers, who regularly give 150-200 hours of their time every week to keep Storeroom open.  Thanks must also go to our Island community, who have been so generous with donations, without which the Storeroom, would not have survived’ said Nick.

Storeroom is also doing its bit to help the environment by saving more than 120 metric tons of unwanted furniture from Island landfill in the past 12 months and with the help of the Island community, hopes to increase this figure to between 150-200 metric tons in the coming year.

Storeroom’s future looks promising at the moment but Nick added: ‘You cannot become complacent during these difficult financial times’.

Cowes Beacon July 2011

CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME

The Storeroom in Bridge Road, Cowes, has now achieved its own charity status and is working hard to provide donated furniture, white goods and household items which people facing a crisis who have been referred by the Island’s many support agencies can buy at little cost.  The project has other beneficial outcomes: it reduces the amount of often bulky items taken to landfill.  It’s shop is open Monday to Friday (10am-4pm) for the general public to search through the reasonably priced goods for those special items (thereby creating extra income) and it provides work experience for volunteers, building the confidence they need to look for paid employment.

Nick and Wendy Miller, who run Storeroom 2010, can boast that during the first six months of operation without financial assistance some 200 needy clients were helped, more than 41,000kgs of potential landfill were given a second life and over 2,500 hours of vital volunteer time were recorded.

If you have reusable furniture or household items you no longer need, the Storeroom can collect them from you.  This can be arranged by phoning 298679.  Or why not pop in the shop for a browse, or visit www.storeroom.org.uk to find out more.

County Press 1 July 2011

Despite a year without any funding, a Cowes based project has continued to help those in need.  Storeroom, based at Bridge Road, has celebrated it’s first birthday, 12 months after it became its own charity when funding ran out.  The project, which provides furniture at a reduced rate to people through a referral system, runs on donations.  Administrator Wendy Miller, whose husband Nick is the manager, said she hoped the project would still be going strong in another 12 months.  Mrs Miller said: “It’s great we are still here for the people who need us and we hope to keep going as long as we can”.

County Press 17 June 2011

Over the last 10 years, the Storeroom charity in Cowes, helped by a team of volunteers, has helped thousands of Island families by offering quality second-hand furniture and household goods at very affordable prices – improving living standards and quality of life.

Thanks to the generous donations and support of the Island community, customers can also receive a sustantial discount when referred through a support agency or job centre plus.

As an added environmental benefit, the charity saves 80 to 100 tonnes of unwanted furniture from Island landfill each year.

County Press 8 April 2011

The Island’s branch of MIND has celebrated Mental Health Awareness Week at a special awards ceremony staged at the Riverside Centre, Newport.

The event was attended by guests including the Island’s High Sheriff, Peter Kingston and the IW Council chairman, Cllr Ian Stephens.

It was called to highlight the contribution made by individuals and groups involved with mental health on the IW and also provided an opportunity for service users to find out more about the services provided locally, as well as celebrating positive successes that have been achieved.

Special figurines commissioned by IW MIND and South Wight Housing Association were presented at the awards ceremony.

Wight MIND award April 2011

MIND project manager Paddy Noctor said “IW MIND has an important part to play in the development and provision of services on the Island, for example, working with the Riverside Centre to provide healthy lifestyle facilities in Quay House, providing training and self-help courses and developing a supporting people project in 2011.

Winners of Wight Mind Awards 2011

Recovery – Jane Steele, Employment – Nick and Wendy Miller (Storeroom), Carers – Milligan House staff team, Opportunities – Dave West, Volunteers – Emma Sainsbury, Education – Jacky Smith (IAPT Team), Resources – Peter Garlick, Yippee/Innovation – New Beginnings, Professional development – Osborne Ward staff team.

Cowes Beacon March 2011

The Storeroom in Bridge Road, Cowes, provides second-hand furniture for people in need.  Originally set up in 2004 with funding from the Real World Trust, the facility moved to Cowes two years later.  Unfortunately the funding then ended and the staff decided to take the project on themselves, despite it making a loss.  A referral system enables clients to buy furniture at reduced rates, but private customers can also visit the store to choose from a wide selection of good quality items.

County Press 11 February 2011

It was losing tens of thousands of pounds a year but the future of a Cowes based project to help those in need has been turned around.

Nick Miller, manager of The Storeroom, said there were fears the facility could close last year, when the Real World Trust said it could no longer fund the operation.

The Storeroom started as a small operation in 2004, providing furniture to those in need, through the Real World Trust – which supports recovering alcoholics and drug addicts – and in 2006 it moved to its current warehouse and shop in Bridge Road, Cowes.

“We started out in lock up garages, working strictly for the Real World Trust, helping people who had no furniture and no means to get any” said Mr Miller.

Last year, the Real World Trust was no longer able to fund the service and there were fears it would close.

“When we made the decision to take it on, it was losing about £20,000 a year.  When you have the grant funding you are in a luxurious position, but you don’t realise it until it’s gone.  I felt there was a demand for the service and a way of securing it’s future.  It was a leap of faith, but I was very lucky there is such a good team of people helping”

Mr Miller, who took over the project last July and now has a small staff supported by a team of volunteers, said, “There is no funding now.  We are totally self-sufficient and what we take through the door is what keeps us going”.

The project now helps people through a referral system, working with clients from dozens of organisations to help them purchase furniture at a reduced rate and with private customers who can also visit the store.