From Monday 14th August till Saturday 26th August each child accompanied by an adult customer can choose any child’s book from a wide selection of the shop’s shelves for free. (While stocks last)
Shop Manager Helen La Planche wants to encourage parents to realise the potential reuse shop’s have for keeping children busy during the holidays. She says “Re-use shops are a great place to bring the children during the holidays, you can pick up board games for rainy days, sometimes parents find games and toys they remember from their own childhood. There are also art supplies and craft activities at a fraction of the price you would pay in at most high street retailers.
Re-use shops are also fantastic places to start to teach children to look after their own pocket money. It’s useful for children to learn about budgeting as early as possible and encouraging them to think about buying options. Re-use at a young age will put them in good stead for adulthood. A visit to a re-use shop can also be a good place to introduce children to the idea of charity and how they can help people less fortunate. They may even want to go home and tidy their own rooms in order to donate grown out of toys, clothes and books.”
Chapter 1’s Abbeygate shop usually sells its children’s books for 25p each and children of all ages really enjoy looking through them and choosing one or two to bring home with them. The shop is part of the 2nd Chance furniture reuse scheme which has been operating for 10 years in and around Nuneaton and Bedworth and North Warwickshire. They are an FRN Approved Re-use Centre (ARC) and were the winners of 2016 Let’s Recycle Community Recycling Initiative of the Year.
Chapter 1 also manages the re-use shop, in partnership with FCC Environment and Warwickshire County Council at the Judkins Household Waste Recycling Centre, which has now become one of the most successful in the country. At any one time, they have around 60 volunteers over the 3 sites, working around 35,000 hrs per year. They have placements that are targeted (though not exclusively) at the unemployed and those with mental health issues or learning difficulties.
The income generated from this activity goes primarily towards supporting Chapter 1 services in the local community. Clients include homeless men and women, including those suffering from mental health and addictions, single parents and their children, young people who are homeless or in local authority care and asylum seekers.
Its furniture services re-use 300 tonnes of donated goods per annum, with 90% going to those on low incomes.
Anyone interested in volunteering or donating goods can contact the projects:
Volunteering: [email protected]
For furniture donations: telephone 024 7632 6189