Belfast 6th October 2017……….Jedward were in the St Vincent de Paul (SVP) Vincent’s shop in Norglen Gardens, Belfast, today to launch a national shops campaign for the charity.
Called “Donate with Style, Volunteer with Passion” the campaign, which will run through October, has twin aims; to attract donations to the national network of 220 shops throughout Northern Ireland and Ireland and to recruit volunteers.
Vincent’s shops are a hugely important aspect of the service SVP provides to those who seek its assistance. Approximately 130,000 people sought help from the charity last year. Not only do the shops provide goods at affordable prices, they also provide an income source for the Society, which is directed back into the community.
Profit generated by the shops is recycled into local SVP Conferences and contribute to the approximately £31m annually provided in direct assistance by SVP to those in need.
A small number of professionals; assisted by a large number of volunteers, manage the Vincent’s shops.
Speaking at the launch of the campaign today, Dermot McGilloway, SVP National Retail Development Manager, said: “We urgently need clean saleable clothes that can be distributed throughout our network of shops, men and women’s clothing, winter wear and large sizes are particularly welcome.”
“We also need clean bed linen, curtains, pairs of shoes, bric-a-brac, pictures, antiques, collectables and small household items. Some shops can also accommodate furniture.” he said.
In relation to volunteers, Mr McGilloway said that volunteers are needed for all shops across Northern Ireland.
“Our Vincent’s shops in Northern Ireland don’t currently open any late nights but this is something we could offer to the local communities we serve if we could recruit more volunteers.”
SVP shop volunteers provide a valuable service in customer care, general housekeeping, merchandising, sorting and pricing clothing and other donated items.
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