New Mencap charity shop opens in Great Yarmouth Market Gates shopping centre

The new store in Great Yarmouth. Photo: Mencap GY

The new store in Great Yarmouth. Photo: Mencap GY - Credit: Mencap GY

A charity has opened its first shop in Great Yarmouth.

Mencap have opened a shop in the Market Gates shopping centre selling clothes, books, DVDs and bric-a-brac.

Head of retail and trading at Mencap, Glen Hall, said: 'We are extremely excited to be opening a Mencap shop in Great Yarmouth. The launch of the stores is a hugely important step for us as a charity; something we know will help Mencap to create employment opportunities, build relationships within local communities, and of course giving a boost to our fundraising efforts, which will allow us to continue supporting people with a learning disability to live the lives they choose.

'Mencap shops will offer the chance for people with a learning disability and the public to meet and work together; building relationships and bringing together communities. It's a really great opportunity to raise awareness of learning disability in local communities and I look forward to Mencap becoming a well-loved addition to Britain's communities as we open more stores.'

All the funds raised go towards Mencap's work in helping the UK's 1.4 million people with a learning disability they will also focus on educating the public about learning disability.

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The store is one of the first of up to 130 shops that Mencap plans to open nationwide in the next 3-5 years.

The shops will range from standard charity shops, to discount shops and donation stations. Through the shops Mencap looks to boost employment and inclusion of people with a learning disability in local communities; aiming to create over 150 paid fulltime roles, as well as voluntary roles and work experience placements for people with a learning disability.

Donations

Mencap are asking people to have a good clear out and donate their unwanted items to their new local donation station. Mencap will accept donations of a wide variety of goods, including but not limited to the following:

• Women's, men's and children's clothing

• Shoes, handbags, jewellery and other accessories

• Quality homeware – from vases and photo frames to ornaments and tea sets

• Electrical goods

• Books, toys, CDs and DVDs

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