Re-use organisation of the Year nomination
About the charity:
Storeroom2010 is an Isle of Wight furniture re-use charity, operating for the local community, with the additional benefit of reducing landfill by furniture re-use. Storeroom2010 is a provider of free or low cost training to local unemployed people and successfully addresses the problems of social deprivation and low educational achievement on the island. Storeroom2010 is a successful and sustainable project, well supported by the Isle of Wight Community.
In 2016 more than 4,736 Island households benefitted from affordable furnishing; these items were donated by nearly 2,217 households. 170,457kgs of furniture was re-used and therefore diverted from landfill which benefitted our environment. That weight is difficult to imagine so think of 3,082 average double wardrobes instead! The IOW landfill will be fully utilised by 2020.
Storeroom has three main objectives: -
- Prevention and relief of poverty by supplying donated furniture and household goods at minimal cost to people in need
- The protection and preservation of the environment by encouraging re-use / recycling of donated furniture and household goods
- The relief of unemployment for the benefit of the public in such ways as may be thought fit; including the provision of training, employment, work experience and volunteering opportunities
What the charity achieved in 2016/2017:
1. This summer we celebrate our 7th birthday. We are very proud of all we have achieved in just seven years, including the purchase of our Education premises in 2015 (loan from NatWest, funding from Clothworkers Foundation) and in 2016 the purchase of our main premises (loan from SASC and funding from Power to Change and Garfield Weston Foundation). This has helped to secure Storeroom’s future for the benefit of the Isle of Wight community for years to come.
2. Storeroom Education has been providing free or low cost accredited NOCN training since 2014 for our Skills Gap Project.
3. We have also recently won the Business in the Community Award at the IW Chamber of Commerce, Business Awards for Excellence 2016, and achieved a Quality in Business Accreditation from the IW Chamber.
Why this matters:
1. Purchasing both our premises provides security for the charity. Not being reliant on a landlord who may decide to sell (when you cannot afford to or are not in a position to purchase) or raises the rent to an unaffordable level during lease breaks or renewals. There is a paucity of buildings of an appropriate size for our use on the Isle of Wight and losing our main premises may have seen the end of this successful small charity.
2. During 2016 Storeroom Education saw 221 learners aged 18+. Most were with us for our accredited NOCN courses in Level 1 Carpentry & Joinery in Construction, Level 2 Carpentry & Joinery in Construction, Health & Safety in a Construction Environment (in preparation for application for CSCS card in order to work on building sites) or our Emergency First Aid At Work (Health & Safety Executive approval) which is very popular with people looking for a career in care, where there are usually many positions available on the Isle of Wight.
3. Recognition of all the hard work our volunteers, staff and trustees put into running Storeroom was great for morale and gave everyone a boost.
To learn more about the charity, visit their website: https://storeroom2010.wordpress.com/
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