We are celebrating 8 years of the Workaid Shop!
Our ‘Charity Shop with a Difference’ first opened its doors in 2010 and has provided a vast array of stock over the years with an ever changing supply of haberdashery, craft materials and gardening equipment. Completely different from other types of charity shops.
Since moving to the Chesham workshop back in 2008 Workaid has gone from strength to strength and been able to grow dramatically. We rely on the generosity of the public’s donations for our charity.
Our army of volunteers sort through donations for what’s useful for projects in Africa and what’s appropriate to sell.
The funds the shop raises go straight back into the charity to support sustainable change for disadvantaged people both in the UK and in East Africa.
The idea to create a shop in the former retail outlet of Gifford Newton’s and the hard work in establishing it was down to Richard Boughton and Claire Popple. All the volunteers who run the shop deserve a huge amount of praise for the time and effort that goes into it, particularly Shirley Ryder who was the first in charge when it opened, and Rose Allsopp who now co-ordinates the day to day running.
In September Workaid bids goodbye to one of our Saturday volunteers, Charles McCormick, who volunteered as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme and stayed on longer, because he enjoyed it so much. His help has made a real difference to the smooth running of the shop and we wish him well at university.
Every few months a popular Forecourt Sale is held outside the shop, along the front of Workaid. This is an opportunity for a much larger selection of sales items to be put out on sale.
Another spin-off is the Craft Supplies sale held every two months in The Hive at Workaid and our eBay sales.
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The Workaid Shop is open for business Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm. Please note, these are different operating hours from the main Workaid workshop next door. We don’t want you to be disappointed and we look forward to welcoming you!