Swindon Restore's Official Opening

Swindon Restore is being officially opened next month. BBC Radio Wiltshire’s Graham Mack will do the honours at the event on Friday September 2nd at 12.30pm, by cutting the ribbon on the doors of the Restore project, which operates at St John’s Church hall in Whitbourne Avenue. There will be a bouncy castle, stalls, a BBQ and other events going on to celebrate the official opening. 

Project manager Alex Pollock said although the official opening isn’t until September 2nd, the project has been up and running for 3 months and has proved a hit in the community.

“It’s going really well, we are getting a lot of support,” he said. “We aim to resell or recycle everything, so very little goes into landfill. The money raised helps fund the project, with any surplus going to Swindon Foodbank. Its main aim is to provide opportunities to people within the community to learn new skills.”

Alex and Assistant manager Craig Evenden will be in stocks on the day - giving patrons of Swindon Restore the chance to pelt them with wet sponges. 

Swindon Restore – a sister project to Swindon Foodbank – was set up to provide volunteering opportunities for people in the Parks and Walcot areas of the town. Run in a similar way to a charity shop, donations are brought in, sorted, restored and resold to fund the project. Within the premises are a café and a workshop area, where volunteers also receive training in renovation and repair. There are jewellery-making workshops and creative arts workshops, all free to people from the community. Outside, they are even creating a garden, and the community is joining in. Every week, between 30 and 40 people help out at Restore either in the shop, café, workshop or garden. The project opens from 10am to 4pm, Mondays to Fridays. It also holds a monthly Saturday car park sale, where Restore sells its goods and the general public can also book a few car boot pitches.

Alex and the volunteers are always appealing for more donations of furniture, books, dvd’s or videos, clothing and brick a brack, which can be taken along to the project premises during opening hours.

For more information about Swindon Restore contact them 01793978045  email them info@swindonrestore.co.uk.

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