Charity Retail Association reaches record membership

The Charity Retail Association, the UK’s only organisation dedicated to the charity retail sector, has signed up its 400th member, a record for the trade and membership body that celebrates its 20th birthday in February of this year.

Latest to join the Association is Home-Start in Teesside, who have five charity shops in the North East. They offer support to parents living with children under five with issues ranging from mental health to domestic abuse. They became the Association’s 400th member early in the New Year.

Throughout 2018, the Charity Retail Association addressed a wide range of topics, such as highlighting the need to protect charity shop workers and volunteers, to winning concessions from HM Treasury on Retail Gift Aid administration, which combined will save charities across the UK several hundred thousand pounds per year.

Charity Retail Association Chief Executive, Robin Osterley, said: “The solid growth in our membership is great news in a challenging retail environment. It is fitting that Home-Start become our latest members; we are committed to ensuring that small charities are adequately represented within the organisation as part of our three-year strategic plan.

“We want to foster a culture where members can share information, learn best practices, and gain feedback that provide a platform for continuous learning and improvement. The growing use of our service reflects we are on the right path in serving the sector.”