New charity shop creates work for young people

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A new YMCA charity shop was opened in Rotherham by Mayor of Rotherham Coun Maggi Clark.

The premises at St Ann’s Roundabout will provide work and training opportunities for young people. It is run by YMCA White Rose.

MyPlace, Rotherham’s most iconic youth centre, is about to become a go-to destination for bargain-hunters and vintage fashionistas.

South Yorkshire’s premier venue for young people, the striking, purpose-built premises at St Ann’s Roundabout, launches its own charity shop on Tuesday August 4.

Mayor of Rotherham Cllr Maggi Clark will officially open the ground floor shop, which in addition to providing the local community with cost-conscious secondhand bargains will provide work and training opportunities for young people.

Up to three retail apprenticeships are being created along with a work experience programme.

Apprentices and volunteers will be taken on to help run the shop under the guidance of an experienced charity shop mentor.

“Our new charity shop will be a winner all-round. It will help young people and the community,” said David Sargent, of YMCA White Rose, a charitable organisation which works with children, young people and families in South and West Yorkshire.

“It’s the perfect fit for the YMCA’s centre in Rotherham, young people’s performance and arts centre which runs on an innovative social enterprise model. During the day it is used by numerous community groups, which provides valuable funding for our work with young people in the evenings.

Added Mr Sargent: “The shop will give young people the chance to learn about retail, gain confidence and qualifications whilst serving the local community.”

The Myplace shop, which is appealing for donations of clothing, toys, bric-a-brac and household items, will bring YMCA White Rose’s charity chain to four. Others on Bellhouse Road in Firth Park, St John’s Green in Kimberworth and on Mexborough High Street are thriving.

Arts and craft items, hand-made during craft sessions by young people at Myplace, will also be sold at the shop, which will initially trade 9am-4.30pm on weekdays..

All are welcome at the opening ceremony at 10am on August 4.