The Charity Retail Awards 2014
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Giving Something Back: the social value of charity shops
We commissioned the leading think tank, Demos, to evidence the social and economic value of charity shops. Demos subsequently published a report, Giving Something Back, which found that charity shops act as a life support on British high streets, providing a number of benefits for local businesses, residents and communities. An in-depth study into the value of charity shops found they keep people shopping on their high street and reduce the number of empty shops, challenging the perception that they fuel high street decline.
Business benefits include keeping high streets buzzing and providing opportunities for unemployed people to gain experience and skills. There are wider social benefits for older volunteers and customers who rely on shops to interact with local community and ward off loneliness and isolation. The report also highlights several examples of charities using their shops to deliver advice and services to the public.
In addition, charity shops are on the frontline of the fight against unemployment. Over 80% of volunteers stated that they were using their shifts as an opportunity to ‘skill up’, gaining retail experience as a path to paid employment.
The report was sponsored by the Charity Retail Association. You can read the full report here.
Charity Retail Conference,
Exhibition and Awards 2014
The Charity Retail Conference 2014 will take place on 30 June and 1 July and we are proud to say that it will be our biggest ever.
BOOKING NOW OPEN TO ALL
CRA Members please make sure you have renewed your membership for 2014-15 to qualify for the discounted member rate.
For charities with 5 shops or fewer, you may be able to take advantage of our bursary scheme, sponsored by RTS Textile Recyclers. See here for details, T&Cs and application.
A few of the highlights include;
- Keynote address by Lisa Nandy MP, Shadow Civil Society Minister
- a masterclass session by John Timpson former CEO of Timpson shoes
- Mark Astarita, Chair of IoF delivering a plenary session
- Networking opportunities with charity retailers and suppliers.
And, for the first time ever we shall be running sessions aimed at charities of various sizes too from national chains to charities with one shop. The full schedule can be viewed here, in the Conference brochure.