Pop up shop to give boost to town’s volunteer centre

April 28 2017

A POP-up shop is returning to Thornbury to promote volunteering and encourage more people to help others in their spare time.

A POP-up shop is returning to Thornbury to promote volunteering and encourage more people to help others in their spare time.

Thornbury Volunteer Centre is behind the scheme, which last year resulted in at least 15 potential new volunteers registering and many more people taking away information.

Spokeswoman Kim Webb said the shop would open on Saturday, May 27, in 1a St Mary Street and initially operate for a week until Saturday, June 3. However, it will be closed on Monday, May 29, for the spring bank holiday.

The launch coincides with National Volunteers’ Week and from 10am-4pm the shop will sell an assortment of donated goods, from clothing to furniture and toys, to raise funds for the centre. 

It will also host a number of voluntary and community organisations so they can promote their work to those calling in, while a 1940s-themed tearoom will sell tea, coffee and home-made cakes.

It is then planned to open the shop on four consecutive Saturdays on June 10, 17 and 24 and on July 1.

Kim said: “We may also pop up at other times during those weeks.”

She said anyone with items to donate should contact her via email at mail@volunteer-thornbury.co.uk or phone 01454 413392. Any items not sold will be donated to other charity shops in the town.

Meanwhile, the centre is currently looking for a number of volunteers to fill posts in Thornbury, Alveston and across South Gloucestershire.

St Mary's Church Hall in Thornbury urgently needs a bookings secretary, Alveston Methodist Church lunch club requires helpers once a month and the social enterprise Growing Support is recruiting volunteers to work on therapeutic gardens in residential and day care facilities across the district.