Charity shop will be a showcase

August 28 2015

A CHARITY shop with a difference – this is the pledge made by the Brandon Trust, which has just launched its first store in Cotham Hill.

A CHARITY shop with a difference – this is the pledge made by the Brandon Trust, which has just launched its first store in Cotham Hill.

Besides selling donated goods, the Brandon Shop – which opened its doors on August 20 to generate more income – will stock items produced by people with learning disabilities from many of the local classes, workshops and social enterprises run by the charity.

Shop manager, Lou Minchin, said: “Cotham Hill is buzzing with charity shops, but I believe ours is going to be that extra bit special, from it’s very current and welcoming design, to the wide range of unique items we’ll be selling alongside donated stock, including handmade ceramics and woodwork from Brandon’s various social enterprises, plus organically grown plants, flowers and other produce from our very own Elm Tree Farm Project in Stapleton.”

The potential benefits for Brandon include generating new income to help boost services and providing opportunities for people with learning difficulties and autism to gain valuable workplace training and increase community connections.

Lou said the shop is keen for any donated goods, such as good quality clothing, shoes, jewellery, children’s wear, toys, books, CDs, DVDs, computer games, ornaments, kitchen items and homeware.

Meanwhile, customer service assistant, cashier, window dresser, housekeeper, stock room assistant and stock handler are roles which the shop can offer to potential volunteers, with the offer of training.

Lou added: “I would love to feel that we’re doing our bit to share awareness of the work that Brandon carries out around Bristol with people who previously had little or no knowledge of the charity.

“We need people in the local area to shop, volunteer and donate with us.”

The future plan for Brandon, which supports 685 people with learning disabilities in the region, is to open two similar shops in different parts of the city in the coming months.

Brandon Trust CEO Lucy Hurst-Brown said: “We’re really excited about opening our first shop.  We know it’s going to provide a great shopping experience while also showcasing some of the ground breaking work that Brandon does.

“We hope shopping there will inspire people to support Brandon in a variety of ways, enabling more people with learning disabilities to secure increasing freedom in their lives.”

For more information on how to get involved, contact Lou on 07718 972 438 or louise.minchin@brandontrust.org or visit: www.brandontrust.org/charity-shops

Brandon Trust in Cotham Hill