New Doncaster charity shop offers support to community groups

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A new charity shop has become the community hub in the heart of Doncaster by being the first in the area to provide health and social care advice to its customers, while still offering a great selection of items and a unique shopping experience.

The Sue Ryder store was opened on Scot Lane last month and staff and volunteers were on hand to show shoppers around the store which sells second hand clothes, homeware, accessories, toys, music, books, and high quality furniture items which can be delivered to your home.

The Sue Ryder Doncaster shop has become the first charity shop in the UK to provide two main additional services - the drop in Community Friends Group and the Group Dementia Respite Service.

The Community Friends Group is for anyone who has a disability, a long term health condition or is socially isolated to come along and meet people in the community.

The Group Dementia Respite Service is designed to help and support individuals with dementia.

Kerrice Cavanagh, befriending service coordinator said: “We already know that charity shops can be the centre of a community, but this is a really exciting step for us to use them as hubs for healthcare and befriending support in the community. This is our own step towards empowering people in the community to ensure they are well informed and emotionally supported.”

Sue Ryder area manager, Sophie Dodworth, said: “We hope that the groups will help to reduce isolation, increase confidence and encourage participation in the community, as well as providing some valuable respite for family carers.”