Hi there. I’m still holding to my #secondhandfirst pledge – nothing ‘new’ has entered my wardrobe. This is probably a reason why I haven’t blogged for a while, but also, everything has gone crazy in the run up to Christmas. Soft play parties (my daughter’s friends are turning 4), family visits, Christmas dos … and isn’t it supposed to slow down at work around now? Well it hasn’t.
Anyway, speaking of work, I thought I’d share some information on charity shops with you – taken from the Demos report commissioned by the Charity Retail Association, entitled Giving Something Back:
- Charity shops raise over £290 million for their parent charities every year.
- Charity shops reduce carbon emmisions through their reuse activity.
- Over 213,000 volunteers work in charity shops.
- One third of volunteers sampled were retired, and 29% of volunteers planned to go on to work or study.
- 80 per cent of charity shop volunteers sampled said volunteering improved their self-esteem and confidence, and 61% said it had a positive impact in physical and mental health.
- 90 per cent of volunteers valued the socialising aspect of working in a charity shop and meeting new people
Just a few thoughts for you over the Christmas period.
I’ll get back to the fun stuff next year – watch this space for more nursery run chic, 7am commuter train style, ‘getting ready in the dark’ surprise trendsetting and (beware Penge!) some MASS post-Christmas DECLUTTERING!
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year x
(Image: Photobombed by Isabella’s aptly named Mr Penguin, £2.99, BHF, Penge)