Trussell Trust opens a community hub in Fareham

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  • Prices will be kept low, says manager
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A CHARITY has opened its latest community hub in Fareham and is set to bring something new to the table.

The store encourages disadvantaged volunteers and keeps prices low in addition to fundraising for its 420 national food banks.

The ethos of the charity is to get involved in the community rather than push sales. It’s people focused rather than sales focused.

Sales assistant Ciaran Bourne

The opening marks the Trussell Trust’s 13th shop and it sells furniture, electrical goods and bric-a-brac donated from the community. They also sell up-cycled furniture distributed from their recycling centre in Salisbury.

Shop manager Robert Bush, 47, said: ‘We try to keep prices as low as possible, the Trussell Trust is not about squeezing every penny, but making high quality furniture affordable for local’

He said a coffee table in the shop will set you back just £10 and a sofa £50.

Another key part of the trust’s mission is providing an inclusive volunteer programme for people with mental, social, learning and physical difficulties.

Mr Bush said: ‘We see our stores as community hubs and social enterprises, and in addition to raising income for the work of the charity, we take on volunteers with difficulties that other charities perhaps can’t take on.

‘We look in detail at our volunteer base and make sure we spend time with them.

‘They come in and get back into teamwork and build communication and social skills and eventually get back into work and back to normality.’

Sales assistant, Ciaran Bourne, 21, said: ‘The ethos of the charity is to get involved in the community rather than push sales, which is what you’re taught to do in retail. It’s people focused rather than sales focused.’

The shops provide an important part of the Trussell Trust’s fundraising for its projects around the UK.

The food bank projects run by the trust provide a minimum of three days’ emergency food and offers a ‘more than food’ programme which provides financial advice, breakfast clubs, a counselling service and life skills training courses.

The nearest Trussell Trust foodbank is in Elm Grove, Southsea.

There is already a Fareham and Gosport Basics Bank on Westbury Road, Fareham.

The new shop is at 169 West Street, Fareham.

Pop in store or e-mail monica.wilson@trusselltrust.org to volunteer.