Swindon Restore gets ready to open

Swindon Restore, a new project begun by Swindon Christian Community Projects (SCCP), is set to open its doors to the public on Thursday 2 June.

Swindon Restore has spent the past four months preparing its premises at St John’s Church Hall, Whitbourne Avenue to create a shop selling second hand and restored goods. There will also be a small cafe open in the same building. Alex Pollock, Project Manager, is excited that they will be having a preliminary opening of the shop and cafe on Thursday 2 June from 10am for a few hours, and again on Friday. They will be opening fully from Monday 6 June, serving daily during the week from 10am till 4pm.

Volunteers are welcome to come and help on Thursday, whether sorting goods or selling in the shop. One of the main aims of Swindon Restore is to create volunteering opportunities, which will help people such as those in long term unemployment, students leaving college or mothers wanting to return to work - giving them work experience and getting them onto the first step of the employment ladder.

Both the shop, which will sell items ranging from clothes, bric a brac, toys and furniture, will be run wholly by volunteers. Volunteers will also work in the cafe and furniture repair shop, where donated furniture and items will be cleaned and restored ready for sale. The cakes in the cafe are all from Kat's Candy, a small enterprise which Swindon Restore is supporting. 

All are welcome to come browse the shop, talk with the volunteers and organisers about the aims of Swindon Restore, or simply chill out and enjoy a tea and cake in the cafe. 

SCCP is the organisation which brought Swindon Foodbank into being five years ago. In those five years Swindon Foodbank has fed thousands of people on the edge of their finances, preventing hunger and further crises. The board members of SCCP hope that Swindon Restore will be similarly successful in meeting the needs of Swindon residents in need.  The sale of goods within the shop, which will provide an income source for Swindon Restore, will eventually it is hoped be able to contribute towards the running of the Swindon Foodbank.

The project will continue to develop from its small beginnings. Swindon Restore hope to run various craft groups in due course, as well as provide training to their volunteers. They are eager to hear from anyone wishing to get involved, whether by volunteering or helping with the running of the project. Interested people can get in contact through the Swindon Foodbank website or email info@swindonfoodbank.co.uk

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