At Storeroom2010, furniture (that may otherwise have been taken to Isle of Wight landfill sites) donated by Island residents is utilised, enabling availability of affordable furnishing; this also minimises impact on the environment. Storeroom enables Island residents to recycle, thereby helping their community and the environment too. Their figures for 2020 show they have assisted with the re-use of approximately 119,000kgs of furniture and household goods, saving this from being deposited in our Island landfill. It’s difficult to imagine that weight, so think of 3,846 average chests of drawers instead!
Customers in need can be referred to Storeroom by one of around 50 support agencies (statutory and voluntary) across the IOW; referred clients then benefit from a discount, on a substantial proportion of their stock, on their already very reasonable prices. Keeping Storeroom2010 open to everyone who would benefit from affordable furniture is their main priority.
In a nutshell the purpose of Storeroom2010 charity and its objectives are threefold: –
• The 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
They are a small independent charity, operating without the benefits of statutory funding. Storeroom2010 enables disadvantaged families to affordably furnish their homes, improve their quality of life and keep their dignity. Their doors are open to everyone. In June 2017 they were delighted to receive The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for Volunteer Groups.
Storeroom2010 provides volunteer opportunities and work experience to those seeking a route to employment; enabling people to build confidence and transferable skills within a framework of support. They have seen people ‘change’ over the space of just a few days and become more socially interactive and pleased they have found something they can do and enjoy. On average, four or five people a year move into paid work from a volunteer position at Storeroom.
The Island Probation Service send clients to Storeroom who are required to work unpaid hours. Community Payback Individuals often find themselves motivated by the industrious, but enjoyable community environment at Storeroom2010 and some stay on as volunteers.
Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am-4pm
Storeroom is different from other charities which collect furniture for re-sale, as they are often looking to achieve the best possible profits to help their cause/purpose. Storeroom simply want furniture which can then be offered at affordable prices to those who really need it.
In Summer 2020 they celebrated their 10th birthday. They are very proud of all they have
achieved in these years, including the purchase of our current Men in Sheds premises in 2015.
These purchases have helped to secure Storeroom’s future for the benefit of the Isle of Wight community.